Tell Congress: Protect Seniors from Hunger Now

The Older Americans Act (OAA) is critical to helping seniors live independently as they age. Yet Congress has stalled in its efforts to renew the legislation before Congress stops work for the fall elections. This is the first in a 3-part series to outline the importance of programs funded by the OAA - such as Meals On Wheels - to the dignity of seniors across America. Please read, share and tell Congress to take action and not play political games with seniors’ …

What the $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Means for Older Americans

The $1.1 trillion bipartisan spending bill passed by Congress funds federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year, eases the sharp budget cuts known as the sequester and ends the lingering threat of another government shutdown. It also affects a number of programs especially important to older Americans. Here’s how, according to an AARP analysis: Increases spending by $41 million on nutrition programs for older Americans, including Meals on Wheels. This replaces across-the-board spending cuts, called sequestration, that took hold …

Some Meals on Wheels Programs Feed Fido, Too

By Sue Manning, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – If Meals on Wheels didn’t deliver donated dog food, Sherry Scott of San Diego says her golden retriever Tootie would be eating the pasta, riblets and veggie wraps meant for her. But thanks to partnerships between the program for low-income seniors and pet groups across the country, fewer people and pets are going hungry. After Meals on Wheels volunteers noticed a growing number of clients giving their food away to …

Good News for an Older Americans’ Safety Net

Even if you aren’t familiar with the Older Americans Act, you probably know of services it makes possible: Meals on Wheels, job training, senior centers and family caregiver support, among many others. The future of this safety net for older Americans looks a little brighter because, with bipartisan support, a key Senate committee advanced legislation to reauthorize the OAA on Oct. 30. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter. Reauthorization – the periodic process of tweaking, overhauling or ending …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun …  1. Gummi Bears used to have frowns rather than smiles. (Learn more at AARP) 2. The Abominable Snowman, also called the Yeti, may be a hybrid bear that roams the Himalayas. (Learn more at The Telegraph) 3. If 10 percent of vehicles on the road were self-driving, there would be 1,000 fewer traffic deaths each year. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Dogs outfitted with high-tech collars may someday take the place of grannycams. (Learn more at AARP) 5. There’s …

Why Spending More For Meals on Wheels Would Cost Almost Nothing

By David Orenstein Expanding programs like Meals on Wheels would save 26 of 48 U.S. states money and would allow more seniors to stay in their own homes, research shows. A new study reports that if every state in the lower 48 expanded the number of seniors receiving meals by just 1 percent, 1,722 more Medicaid recipients could avoid living in a nursing home and most states would experience a net annual savings from implementing the expansion. Pennsylvania would see …