Statement from Larry Minnix, President & CEO, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, on the 45th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act
WASHINGTON, July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is a statement from Larry Minnix, President & CEO, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, on the 45th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act:
“The 45(th) anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA) is an important landmark in our country’s commitment to meeting the needs of older adults.
“The OAA funds programs that provide older Americans with the essential supportive services they need to age independently and in their own homes. These services include home-delivered meals, family caregiver support, transportation and adult day care. Across the country, thousands of AAHSA members work within their communities to ensure that the OAA programs provide assistance to older adults who need it the most.
“We urge Congress to increase funding for these programs by the 7.4 percent requested in the president’s budget for next year. A funding increase would ensure that individuals continue to receive the care and services they need to age with dignity and independence.
“As our nation’s aging population continues to grow, an investment in the OAA is an investment in security and safety for the future. And that’s a future where all older Americans receive the services they need, when they need them, in a place they call home.”
The members of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (www.aahsa.org) help millions of individuals and their families every day through mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing the services that people need, when they need them, in the place they call home. Our 5,800 member organizations, many of which have served their communities for generations, offer the continuum of aging services: adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities and nursing homes. AAHSA’s commitment is to create the future of aging services through quality people can trust.
SOURCE American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging