AARP is praising Rep. Edward Whitfield (KY-1) for signing on as a co-sponsor of the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization, bipartisan legislation which would extend for four years provisions of the landmark 1965 law that helps pay for an array of services which address many key needs of older Kentuckians.
The OAA funds home-delivered meals, transportation, community-based long-term care, legal services, elder abuse and prevention services, preventive health services, nursing home ombudsmen, senior community service jobs and services that help support family caregivers, among other programs.
The vast majority of people want to live independently, at home, as they age. Many of these services ensure older Americans can stay in their homes and communities among family, friends and neighbors.
“AARP applauds Congressman Whitfield for joining the effort to continue critical services that have helped Americans age with dignity and independence for nearly 50 years now,” said Jim Kimbrough, AARP Kentucky State Director. “Reauthorizing the Older Americans Act is a key part of AARP’s agenda, and we hope all of our Kentucky Members of Congress join Congressman Whitfield in support.”