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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
  REQUESTING THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE ON AGING TO CONDUCT A
    COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF ALL PROGRAMS IN THE STATE FOR, AND
    THE BENEFITS RECEIVED BY, HAWAII'S ELDERS.



 1        WHEREAS, Hawaii has one of the fastest-growing elderly
 2   populations in the country.  Persons sixty years of age and
 3   older presently account for almost one-fifth of the adult
 4   population in the State and by 2020, they will constitute more
 5   than one-fourth of Hawaii's adult population.  Nearly one-third
 6   of this segment alone is expected to have functional
 7   disabilities; and
 8   
 9        WHEREAS, even as human longevity is increasing on a global
10   basis due to better nutrition, education, and medical
11   technology, the longevity of Hawaii's elders is among the
12   highest in the nation; and
13   
14        WHEREAS, the needs of Hawaii's elders will continue to
15   grow as the population ages and the cost of nursing home care,
16   currently the highest of all types of long-term care, continues
17   to escalate; and
18   
19        WHEREAS, not only are the elderly affected but Hawaii's
20   citizens, who make up the bulk of long-term caregivers for the
21   elderly, are faced with the overwhelming burden of caring for
22   and/or financing the care of their elders for very many years
23   into the future; and
24   
25        WHEREAS, in order to rationally address the myriad of
26   problems surrounding the aging of Hawaii's population, it is
27   necessary to have a clear and comprehensive picture of what the
28   issues are, what resources are currently or potentially
29   available, and how other states are approaching the problem;
30   now, therefore,
31   
32        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
33   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
34   of 2000, the Senate concurring, that the Executive Office on
35   Aging is requested to conduct a comprehensive review of all
36   programs in the State for, and the benefits received by,
37   Hawaii's elders; and
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 1        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Executive Office on Aging
 2   is requested to include in its review:
 3   
 4        (1)  Age-related demographic trends and forecasts for the
 5             next twenty-five years, in particular, the percentage
 6             of elders as compared to other age groups, average
 7             income, health status, health needs, and other
 8             relevant demographic factors;
 9   
10        (2)  Major issues and challenges confronting Hawaii's
11             elders;
12   
13        (3)  All federal, state, and county government programs
14             that serve elders, program mandates, and sources of
15             funding;
16   
17        (4)  Review and summary of all federal, state, and county
18             program benefits received by elders, including tax
19             subsidies and preferences, and supplemented by
20             extrapolation of the costs of these benefits into the
21             future;
22   
23        (5)  Review of the experience of other states with large
24             or rapidly-growing senior populations; and
25   
26        (6)  Make policy recommendations;
27   
28   and
29   
30        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Executive Office on Aging
31   is requested to submit its findings and recommendations in a
32   report to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to
33   the convening of the Regular Session of 2001; and
34   
35        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
36   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of the
37   Executive Office on Aging.
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