This month, we are asked to place
comments on the weengAGE portal for the Master Plan for Aging. We can insert comments and receive updates
through the link below. We can also share
the link with our networks. Please, if
you have time, complete and share the Master Plan on Aging Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPAPledge
Congress is at recess, as is the
State Legislature and we won’t hear from either until after the new year. In the meantime here are just a few
tidbits: The following bills were
introduced just after Congress returned from their previous break and were
written to enhance the Older Americans Act of 1965. Although AARP has not had a chance to weigh
in on these, they would be interesting to follow.
Representative David Trone (D-MD)
introduced H.R. 4859, Protecting Older Americans From Social Isolation Act of
2019 on 10/24/2019, which, when passed, will set up an advisory committee to
determine and develop objectives, priorities, and a long-term plan for
supporting State and local efforts involving education about, prevention of,
detection of, and response to negative health effects associated with social
isolation among older individuals.
Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL)
introduced H.R. 4827, the Building Age-Friendly Communities Act on 10/23/2019.
This would support the ability of older individuals to age in place, including
through the provision of homelessness prevention services, support the ability
of older individuals to access preventive health care, promote age-friendly
communities, and address the ability of older individuals to access long-term
care support, including access to caregivers and home- and community-based
Back in September Representative
Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) introduced H.R. 4334, the Dignity in Aging Act of 2019,
a very lengthy and thorough bill, that establishes, reauthorizes, and revises
several programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services
and the Department of Labor relating to care for the elderly.
Among other things, the bill
reauthorizes through FY2024, and revises, programs that support:
of the elderly; community and workforce training regarding elder care;
services, such as pension counseling;
services, such as meal delivery;
prevention and health promotion services; and abuse and neglect prevention
The bill also establishes several
entities and programs to further support elder care, including initiatives that
aim to promote independent living and reduce social isolation for the
elderly. This bill passed the House on
October 30. Now it’s in the Senate…..after the winter break!