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Capitol Correspondence - 11.12.19

ANCOR Joins 102 Orgs to Support Renewal of Older Americans Act

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As part of its work with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and organizations outside the consortium, ANCOR joined a letter of support to congressional leadership in favor of the Dignity in Aging Act, H.R. 4334, which would renew the Older Americans Act (OAA). Despite the name of the bill focusing on older adults, it is relevant to individuals with disabilities who rely on parents who are aging in place or are themselves aging in place. As written in the letter:

“The OAA is essential to developing, coordinating, and delivering home and community-based services that help older adults age with independence and dignity in their homes and communities. Many individuals served by OAA-funded programs are at significant risk of hunger, isolation, abuse, and losing their ability to live with health and independence. OAA-supported programs are provided to more than 11 million seniors and their caregivers annually. These vital supports include, but are not limited to, home-delivered and congregate nutrition services, in-home supportive services, multipurpose senior centers, transportation, caregiver support, disease prevention and health promotion, community service employment, the long-term care ombudsman program, and services to prevent the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults.”