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Senior Services worry about future with Government shutdown

It's the first day since the Federal Government Shutdown and many agencies that rely on federal funding hope something can be done soon before they feel the impact. 

Outside the Quincy Senior Center, different agencies say they can continue operations for another month or two but if this shutdown continues, there will have to be major changes in how they operate.  

Laura Megown is a field representative for the West Central Agency on Aging and says her agency has had to do more with less for a long time now... but if things continue, she says there will have to be major cutbacks, whether it's to meals on wheels or the meal plus program which serves hundreds a day. 

"Well I mean it's scary but I don't know if it's as scary for us as it is with people living on social security. We live in uncertain times.  We had a 10 percent cut across the board with sequestration we adjusted to that.  To see this happening, is very frustrating for us," Megown said.  
Those on social security will still get their normal deposits this month.  but that's not putting many minds at ease.  Supportive living manager Kathie Palmer says many people depending on Social Security are very worried.  

"I've had three people through my office today very worried about their check.  Will it be deposited in the bank.  People do not trust their government as much as they used to," Palmer said.  

Whether you rely on the meals on wheels program or a social security check, officials say it should be business as usual for the next month.  The last government shutdown happened in 1995, but those like Dorothy Morris weren't on social security then.  She said this is a major change from the last time the government shut down. 

"Oh yes. Because I wasn't worried.  I knew I had something to fall back on. I wasn't just depending on that check," Morris said.  

Megown said the West Central Illinois Agency on Aging receives about 40% of its funding from the federal government.  
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