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Older NC residents need action from legislature, advocates say

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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:45 am

Advocates for older North Carolinians have a full list of requests for the General Assembly session that begins Wednesday — from strengthening criminal background checks for long-term care workers to reducing unneeded use of psychotropic medicine for people with Alzheimer’s.

But groups such as the state AARP, Friends of Residents in Long Term Care and the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature realize that Republicans won both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office last year by promising to limit the growth of government. And social programs such as those that help older people have often been targets when budget-cutting time comes.

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