Congresswoman Susan Davis Votes to Renew Support Programs for Seniors
WASHINGTON – As millions of elderly Americans face economic challenges to sustain quality health care and in home supportive services, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted to renew support programs vital to seniors. The House passed its renewal of the Older Americans Act, which provides critical social and nutritional services, such as meal delivery and respite care.
“We must ensure the health, welfare and future of our nation’s greatest generation,” said Davis. “Seniors deserve to live with dignity and independence. The OAA allows them to do that. This long overdue reauthorization of these programs will help meet the needs of today’s older Americans and will be there for future generations.”
Each year the OAA provides more than 12 million people with services like home-delivered meals through programs such as Meals On Wheels.
The law also provides transportation to appointments and errands, aids with finding employment, and includes training and assistance to stop elder abuse.
In 1961, delegates to the White House Conference on Aging made recommendations that led to the Older Americans Act, which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 14, 1965.