Thompson: Older Americans Act Signed Into Law

Apr 20, 2016

Washington, DC – Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, provided the following comments upon news that President Barack Obama has signed a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) into law.  The law, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate is vital for home and community-based services to continue for older adults across the nation.

“For more than 50 years, the Older Americans Act has helped senior populations remain independent and in their own homes,” Thompson said.  “Having served a career in non-profit healthcare, I witnessed firsthand the importance of this law to not only our seniors, but also to their families and caregivers.”

Programs supported by the OAA include national network of supports, including nutrition and preventive health services, job training, elder abuse prevention, caregiver assistance, among many others.  The law also helps seniors obtain employment through the Senior Community Service Employment Program.  Included in the reauthorization is support for modernizing multipurpose senior centers, a requirement that health promotion and disease prevention initiatives be evidence based and programs to educate seniors on how to avoid falls.

“More than 2.1 million Pennsylvanians are 65 years of age or older. Those numbers have been steadily increasing for several years, making programs under the Older Americans Act now more important than ever,” Thompson added.