CCUSA urges Senate to reauthorize Older Americans Act
For fifty years the Older Americans Act (OAA) has provided critical services for vulnerable senior citizens. The Act expired four years ago, but in the meantime the needs of seniors and their population have only increased. According to US Census Bureau data from 2014, over 4 million seniors live below the poverty line and 11 million live alone, at risk of isolation. Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, President & CEO of CCUSA wrote a letter to the Senate leadership urging them to take up and reauthorize the OAA program. She included in her letter details of the many services that Catholic Charities agencies across the nation provide to the senior citizen population (see the 2014 Network Impact Report on Seniors).