Emma has been caring for her 85 year old mother and her 102 year old Gran for years. Several times each week they all take the senior bus to the senior center where they meet their friends for group exercise, lunch and of course bingo. Two days each week Gran goes to an adult day service program where she participates in all sorts of activities. These programs allow Emma to have a break from her caregiving duties and give them all a sense of independence and belonging. Also, Emma’s mom and her Gran are able to remain in the community and out of nursing homes.
The Older Americans Act provides funding for many of the programs that Emma and her family rely on to keep them independent. Funding for Act is up for reauthorization and is in jeopardy. Please tell your Senators and members of Congress to reauthorize the Older Americans Act.