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|Council asks jury for help|
As the need to serve local seniors increases every year, the Ouachita Council on Aging continues to operate with flat revenues while costs to deliver services to seniors keep rising.
That's according to several Ouachita Council on Aging representatives, who lobbied the Ouachita Parish Police Jury Monday for some assistance. They spoke to the Police Jury during its regular meeting.
Pat Regan told police jurors that Ouachita Council on Aging and local seniors face critical issues because limited funding had hampered the services the agency offers.
Based on the 2010 Census, there are 26,566 seniors who are over the age of 65 living in Ouachita Parish.
"This represents a 15.9 percent increase over the 2000 Census," Regan said. "The general population of the parish increased about 4.3 percent over the 2000 Census. So, the number of our seniors is increasing faster than the population of our parish."
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