States kick grandma to the curb

Seniors in New York City could lose their exercise classes if the state does not restore funding

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — For the elderly, state budget cuts could mean no more daily hot meals and exercise classes to help prevent falls. At worst, some could even lose their beds at the nursing home.

These and other lifelines for seniors may disappear as governors and lawmakers slash spending to close an estimated $112 billion in budget shortfalls, advocates say.

Many state officials say they don’t want to reduce senior services, but they have little choice due to massive deficits. But it’s not all bad news. The funding for one senior program in Georgia was restored after legislators agreed the service was too important to cut.

Here’s a look at what’s at risk for many of the nation’s elderly.

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