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Governor's Commission Seeks Public Input On Elderly Programs, Services

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An event soliciting input on how the State of Oregon can best serve its elderly residents wrapped up today.

The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services met in downtown Eugene, to discuss issues that could affect the state’s aging population as it continues to grow.

Vanessa Cornwall is on the 21-member commission.  She says the emphasis has been on budget proposals.

“We want to protect the budgets for the programs that specifically impact seniors," Cornwall tells KLCC.

"And we’re hoping that people can talk about how decreasing budgets for certain programs have impacted them. Whether or not it created additional hardship or if they had to rely on more family-related services, instead of public community services, things like that.”

Cornwall says their next full commission meeting will be in December.  Residents wanting to share their thoughts on senior programs can do so on the commission’s website, or by phone.

Copyright 2019, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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