We want an end to nursing homes! We want Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) to be adequately funded by Medicare, not the for-profit “Long Term Care Industrial Complex.” We want trained, certified, unionized home care health workers earning a living wage to take care of us. We want to AGE IN PLACE.
THE GREY PANTHER PARTY’S
10 POINT PLAN
WE WANT AN END TO INSTITUTIONLIZATION
WE WANT FINANCIAL SECURITY
We want and end to the “Sandwich Generation” that forces our adult children to spend our resources and their resources to care for us as we age. We want enforceable policies that guarantees seniors a decent standard of living, and a high quality of life. We want full enforcement of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. We want an end to forced retirement. We want an end to ‘First Fired, Last Hired.’ We want increases in Social Security and Medicaid/Medical spending.
WE WANT EQUALITY
We want an end to seniors being treated as second-class citizens, an end to seniors being treated as invisible, and end to seniors being treated as expendable.
WE WANT RESPECT
We want the deference we deserve for the decades we’ve spent building this great country. We want a cultural shift in attitudes toward seniors. We want to be treated as wise, not as weak, as elder, not as older, and as leaders, not as liabilities.
WE WANT HEALTH CARE
We want affordable health care. We want affordable medicine. We want an end to being denied life-save procedures because of age. We want inclusion in clinical trials. We want doctors to treat our pathologies, and not to ignore them just because of we are older.
WE WANT HOUSING
We want an end forced senior evictions and an end to senior homelessness. We want affordable housing. We want zoning and development plans to be made with seniors in mind. We want housing with access to transportation, health care, entertainment, parks, and other quality of life resources.
WE WANT EDUCATION
We want equal access to student loans and grants. We want equal access to higher education and an end to age discrimination in tenure at universities. We want to be treated as the lifelong learners and educators that we are now and always have been.
WE WANT AN END TO PREDATION
We want law enforcement to prioritize criminals who cheat, rob, and kill the elderly. We want an end to the scammers who take our homes, fleece our savings, and steal our identities. We want an end to the cons, the tricks, and the swindles. We want an end to the fear of walking alone.
WE WANT AN END TO DENIGRATION
We want an end to the acceptability of ‘old people jokes.’ We want an end to being the only group that can be acceptably humiliated on stage, TV, and film. We want an end to age shaming, an end to body shaming, and an end to every form of public derision associated with age.
WE WANT CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
We want the immediate release of all elderly prisoners incarcerated for non-violent offenses. We want expedited parole hearings for all incarcerated seniors. We want early dementia and other age-related conditions to be codified into all sentencing guidelines.