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

Bernie 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 The landmark law, originally enacted in 1965, supports Meals on Wheels …

Spending Cuts Would Be Drastic for Some Older Adults

As we watch President Obama and Congress haggle over taxes and spending, some interesting (and downright depressing) data has come out of two organizations. First, the gloomy news. The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, a coalition of nonprofits that advocate for older adults, has painted an absolutely wretched picture if Congress fails to agree to a plan and automatic across-the-board spending cuts take effect beginning Jan. 2. As the peak of winter blankets much of the nation, the council says, 290,000 households would …