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McIntyre Highlights 46th Anniversary of Older Americans Act

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Today, Rep. McIntyre noted that July 14th marks the 46th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. On July 14, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the historic Older Americans Act into law.

"Over the last 46 years, the initiatives created under the Older Americans Act and its amendments have enhanced the lives of millions of seniors -- from Senior Centers to Home-Delivered Meals to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program," stated Rep. McIntyre.

"Many of the programs under the Older Americans Act are designed to help seniors stay in their own homes and continue to live independently -- a top goal for many of America's seniors," Rep. McIntyre pointed out. "Such programs as senior centers and home-delivered meals allow seniors to be at home instead of move into institutionalized settings. This improves the quality of life for these seniors and their families."

The Older Americans Act created the Administration on Aging, which provides a national center for key aging initiatives, and authorized funding for 56 state agencies on aging and more than 600 area agencies on aging -- to help serve the needs of seniors across the country.

"I will continue to fight to ensure adequate funding for critical Older American Act programs," said Rep. McIntyre. "These programs are relied upon by millions of seniors across the country -- including the frail elderly. We must work to ensure that America's seniors can live with the dignity and wellbeing that they deserve."

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