PNS Daily Newscast - January 20, 2020 

Virginia declares a state of emergency ahead of a pro-gun rally as the nation pauses to celebrate MLK Day.

2020Talks - January 20, 2020 

The New York Times endorsed Senators Elizabeth Warren of MA and Amy Klobuchar of MN. Plus, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, candidates spoke at a forum about protecting democracy, "a decade after Citizens United."

New Hope for the "Golden Years" in Oregon

January 16, 2007

Senior advocates say the "Golden Years" have been tarnished in Oregon, thanks to years of budget cuts in the safety net. Despite cuts to long-term care and other support services that help seniors remain independent and productive, seniors and people with disabilities may see signs of improvement. With senior advocates and lawmakers meeting today, Jim Carlson with the Oregon Health Care Association says the state's growing aging population is putting tremendous strains on an under-funded support system.

"There's a real need to focus on safety net services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Oregon."

Jim Davis with Save Oregon Seniors agrees the new legislature and a brighter economic outlook for the state is a promising start.

"This will give us a chance to dig out of the hole and maybe look to prepare the state for what is going to be a major senior population explosion."

Lawmakers on a bipartisan senior issues caucus say they hope to focus on restoring many of the cuts made in recent years, including those to the nationally recognized Oregon Project Independence. They're also hoping to address mental health issues like depression.

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR