Statement by n4a CEO Sandy Markwood on
President Trump Signing the Older Americans Act Reauthorization into Law

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For Immediate Release
March 25, 2020
Contact: Joellen Leavelle, jleavelle@n4a.org and 202.872.0888
 
WASHINGTON—During these difficult times, n4a and our members are extremely pleased that the Older Americans Act—which funds essential aging programs and services that are relied upon by millions of older adults—has been reauthorized through 2024. These community-based programs and services are of critical importance to the nation’s increasing population of older adults, especially amid the current COVID-19 national health crisis. OAA programs provide community options that support the health and well-being of older Americans, including personal care, medical transportation and meals to help older adults continue to live independently at home, as well as support for their family caregivers.
 
The impact the Older Americans Act has on the lives of older adults and their caregivers is visible every day in communities around the country—and the life-saving nature of these services is now more evident than ever as we battle the coronavirus pandemic, recognizing that older adults and people with chronic conditions face the greatest health risks. As Congress continues to work on emergency funding for key OAA programs to help older adults navigate this crisis safely, n4a will continue to advocate for these vital home and community-based services and the older adults and family caregivers who rely upon them.
 


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