Protecting the Older Americans Act

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Millions of seniors have been able to remain comfortably in their own homes and communities, receive the nutrition they need as well as a wide variety of legal and social services as a result of the Older Americans Act.  “Meals on Wheels” and the Congregate Meal program are just some of the many important services created through this landmark law to keep seniors healthy and connected to their communities.  Senator Bernie Sanders, the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, will play a leading role in strengthening and reauthorizing this nearly five decade-old law.

“There are many seniors in Vermont and throughout this country who are alive today because of the good quality nutrition that Meals on Wheels provides them.  I want to thank the agencies that get these meals out to our seniors and the many volunteers who deliver them.  As the new Chairman of the subcommittee that deals with Meals on Wheels and other senior nutrition programs, I will do everything I can to address the problem of increased poverty and growing hunger within the senior community,” Bernie said.      

In addition to offering social and nutrition services, the Older Americans Act provides seniors with caregiver support, financial literacy courses, advice on how to guard against elder abuse, information on long-term care, and employment opportunities for low-income seniors.  During Bernie’s upcoming town meeting on June 25 in Montpelier, he wants to hear from Vermonters about how the Older Americans Act should be improved.