Keeping track of what is happening in Congress is no easy task- but here is some news that will interest all of us because it affects elders across the country. Last September, Senator Bernard (“Bernie”) Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965 and funding for its programs for FY2014-FY2018.
The Older Americans Act established the United States Administration on Aging (AoA) as well as state aging agencies that provide a comprehensive network of community based services for older adults that allow them to live meaningful lives in their homes and communities. The Act is comprised of seven titles that are primarily funded by the AoA except for Title V, a senior employment opportunity program, funded by the Department of Labor. Included in the OAA is the long-term care ombudsman program, nutrition services, grants for Native Americans, support services for caregivers, employment opportunities for older adults, elder abuse prevention programs and transportation assistance.
If you’d like to learn more about the Older Americans Act and the bill to reauthorize it please visit:
The National Council on Aging
AARP Policy Institute
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
A delegation from China recently visited The Green House Residences of Stadium Place. The translator of the group relayed, “The purpose of this trip is to learn about the infrastructure (of such facilities), so they can implement it (in China) as a successful business model.” This visit, hosted by the Maryland Department of Aging and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), represents an opportunity to highlight innovative models as a solution for the challenges and opportunities of global aging. Stephanie Hull, acting deputy secretary for the Department of aging, said to the delegation, : “Like you, we have a large aging population. When they need help, our goal is to try to help them get that in their homes, or in places like Green House [homes],” so they can age” with dignity and independence.”
The Green House Residences of Stadium Place is an urban style model with 4 homes stacked vertically and built on the site of the old Memorial Stadium and opened since April 2012. This project was developed by Govens Ecumenical Development Corp (GEDCO) and is managed by Catholic Charities. NCB Capital Impact helped to finance this project through public-private partnerships including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Weinberg Foundation, Baltimore City, the state of Maryland, and private donors. This Green House project represents the potential to serve low income elders in their community in a real home.
Nationally there are Green House projects open in 25 states with many more in development. Click here to find a Green House home near you or how to bring one to your community.
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