Conditions and Needs of People 75 Years Old and Older

HRD-80-7: Published: Oct 15, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1979.

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GAO reviewed information concerning the well-being and needs of persons over 75 years old in Cleveland, Ohio.

The review showed that 61 percent of persons over 75 years old needed assistance, and that their greatest needs were for financial, social/recreational, and developmental services. About 11 percent of institutionalized persons 65 years old and older could be maintained in congregate housing where food, social/recreational, educational, transportation, medical, homemaker, counselling, and security services are provided. Expansion of assistance nationwide for people over 75 years old would raise costs 24 percent in the first year. Costs could be reduced in the long run, however, because expanded help would lead to better conditions and lessen the need for future assistance.

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