Older Americans Act

Why Congress Must Reauthorize Older Americans Act Now

Posted on 05/5/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhen I became a caregiver for my dad’s parents, Grandmother Genevieve had dementia and Granddaddy C.V., 10 years her senior, was struggling to care for her. I remember realizing they were getting by on a meager breakfast at home and a single meal at a cafeteria. Getting Grandmother into the car and Granddaddy driving her to the cafeteria were becoming scary, so I contacted the local Area Agency on Aging and arranged for delivery of Meals on Wheels to their …

Good News for an Older Americans’ Safety Net

Posted on 11/1/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsEven 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 …

In the Senate, a Symbolic Thumbs-Up for Older Americans

Posted on 03/25/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBernie Sanders, a feisty Independent from Vermont who often votes with his Democratic colleagues, scored a modest — if largely symbolic — victory for older Americans as the Senate pulled an all-nighter last Friday to debate and vote on budget amendments. Sanders, who chairs the Senate subcommittee that deals with aging-related issues, sponsored an amendment to the budget resolution backing the Older Americans Act that was approved by unanimous consent. The landmark law, originally enacted in 1965, supports Meals on Wheels …

Long-Term Care Ombudsmen Face Challenges To Independence

Posted on 01/28/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Jenni Bergal for Kaiser Health News This story was produced in collaboration with USA Today. The 2.3 million elderly or disabled people living in nursing homes or assisted living centers might not know it, but they’ve got an advocate — someone who’s supposed to be looking out for their health, safety and rights. In 2011, state long-term care ombudsmen — assisted by hundreds of local ombudsmen programs and thousands of volunteers — responded to 204,000 complaints nationwide. They ranged …