I recently joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and other colleagues to introduce S.3562, legislation to reauthorize and update the Older Americans Act (OAA), the landmark 1965 law that provides essential services to help seniors remain independent and stay in their homes and communities.
The Sanders bill includes my Caring for an Aging America Act, which would address the growing shortage of health care professionals trained to address the needs of older Americans by offering access to loan repayment programs to doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals who are trained in geriatrics and gerontology and agree to work in underserved areas.
For more than four decades, the OAA has helped provide basic necessities such as meals, home-care, long-term care coordination, job training, legal services, and protection from abuse and neglect. Today, with about 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day, we need to do more. S.3562 would increase protections for seniors against abuse and neglect, invest in training for caregivers, improve services and protections for LGBT seniors, and work to better address the needs of veteran seniors and holocaust survivors.
I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of this vital legislation extending and strengthening the Older American Act, and I will work to pass it into law.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer