On its 50th Anniversary, Rep. Susan Davis Calls for Renewal of Older Americans Act
WASHINGTON – As the Older Americans Act turns 50, Congresswoman Susan Davis called for reauthorization of the program that provides millions of seniors and their caregivers with social and nutrition services.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the older generations who built and kept our country safe and strong,” said Davis. “They deserve the right to live with dignity and independence. The OAA allows seniors to do that. It’s long overdue that we renew this law to ensure that it meets the needs of today’s older Americans and is there for future generations.”
Each year the OAA provides more than 11 million people with services like home-delivered meals through programs such as Meals On Wheels. Davis and her staff regularly help deliver such meals in the 53rd District.
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.