New Plan for Alabama Seniors Nets Alabama 70 Million Dollars

Elizabeth Cross says, " I'm 75 now and still working after retiring from the nursing home."

As a widow, Mrs. Cross says she would get bored doing nothing.

So she works as the director of the St. Paul A.M.E. Senior center. She and other seniors have an opportunity to eat nourishing meals and socialize.

Cross adds, "We try to have exercise once a week. We have a computer room. We're going to have a teacher come in tomorrow to teach ... Computer."

)) (nt snd) ((bill carey knows about the needs of seniors. Like Elizabeth, he still works ... But he also helps other seniors find jobs.

Bill Carey is with the Easter Seals Participant Advisory Council.  He says, "We do every thing for the people that are looking for jobs... Find the jobs for them ... Show them where to go ... Tell them what's necessary for them to take with them when they go."

Bill and Elizabeth are examples of seniors Alabama is trying to help with a state plan on aging.

The Department of Senior Services devised the plan, based on the input of seniors and senior advocates like those here.

The plan explains the needs of seniors and how the state will address those needs. The plan is due in Washington in July. Alabama will receive 70 million dollars over a 4 year time period to meet those needs.

John Matson is with the Department of Senior Services.  He says, "There are several things that the department of senior services does to get our federal funding. One is our state plan on aging ... It's essentially a contract between the state and the federal government to say this is what we will do to serve our seniors."

The plan includes things like meals on wheels, legal services for the elderly, support for care givers, insurance counseling and much more.

Reporter:  Ashley Anderson