Social Security, Aging Agency Work Together
Byline: William Schultz District Manager, Elgin Social Security Office
The Social Security Administration and the Administration on Aging recently signed an agreement designed to facilitate the delivery of services to older people through improved coordination of each agency's respective programs.
The goal is to provide maximum opportunity for all older persons to live independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.
Despite the availability of programs such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare and Medicaid, many older Americans are at risk of losing their independence. They include the 3 million Americans who are 85 or older, those living alone without a caregiver, members of minority groups, older persons with physical or mental impairments, low-income elderly and the abused, neglected or exploited.
The agreement anticipates the demands on services from the increasing numbers of older people. Today there are about 33 million Americans over the age of 65, or one in every eight individuals. By the year 2030, the number of people age 60 and older will more than double to 85 million, while those 85-plus will triple to 8 million.
The agreement recognizes the distinct roles the two agencies play in the lives of the elderly. Social Security administers two programs that provide a measure of security for the elderly. Social Security is a social insurance program that protects workers and their families from the partial loss of earnings because of retirement in old age, death or disability, with benefits based on a worker's earnings. …