Sacramento County, Calif., are devoting more attention to
issues affecting aging HIV-positive adults, which include
finding adequate housing and medical care that has
both an HIV and a geriatric focus, The Sacramento
Bee reports. Adrienne Rogers, Ryan White CARE Act
program coordinator for the county, says more than 70%
of HIV-positive people in California's Sacramento,
Placer, and El Dorado counties who receive Ryan White
services are over age 40 and 27% are over age 50.
"Just caring for
seniors is generally more expensive, and you're adding
the normal cost of seniors on top of a pretty complicated
and expensive disease," Rogers told the Bee.
"Our biggest concern is finding them affordable housing."
a board member for the National Association on HIV Over
Fifty, says his organization is pushing for changes to the
Ryan White Act to include more money for services
aimed at seniors. He says that when many AIDS
organizations and services offered through Ryan White were
formed, the idea that HIV patients would live long lives and
someday face medical issues associated with aging
wasn't even a possibility. "We have lived
longer in a system that wasn't designed to take care of
elderly people," he told the Bee.
reported on Tuesday that a study reported in USA
Today shows that HIV-positive Americans over age
50 are 13 times more likely to experience depression than
the general population. Many of the 1,000 survey
respondents also reported debilitating symptoms
related to aging, including arthritis, high blood
pressure, and vision loss. (The Advocate)