Beatty Highlights Importance of Older Americans Act
Yesterday, July 14, 2019, marked the 54th anniversary of former President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the historic Older Americans Act into law. In the more than five decades that have passed since, the Act has assisted countless American senior citizens live, thrive and fully participate in the community. In observance—and as Vice-Chair of the Democratic Caucus’ Seniors Task Force—U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following the statement:
“When the Older Americans Act was signed into law, we made a solemn promise to our seniors that they would be able to retire in dignity and live their ‘Golden Years’ to the fullest, surrounded by friends and family. Unfortunately, that promise is in real jeopardy because of continued attacks on vital federal programs that provide food, healthcare, transportation, housing, job training, and other support and assistance services to senior citizens. As Vice-Chair of the Democratic Caucus’ Seniors Task Force, I have fought hard against such cuts and will continue to work tirelessly with my colleagues to strengthen and improve Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security for today’s seniors and the 10,000 Americans who will turn 65 tomorrow and every day thereafter.”
To learn more about the Older Americans Act please visit the National Council on Aging website.