News from Representative Suzanne Bonamici


Supporting Our Seniors

May is Older Americans Month. In honor of the contributions of our country's seniors, I'm working on a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. I've also been spending time around the district talking with seniors and their families about the supports and services that are important to them. One of those services is Meals on Wheels. To learn more about this important program, I've helped pack and deliver meals to seniors in Washington County and visited seniors receiving meals in Clatsop and Yamhill Counties. 

   

At the Bob Chisholm Community Center in Seaside, I sat down with seniors who eat lunch at the center and learned about the important role that the center plays in their daily lives. It offers not just meals, but also activities and conversation. In Newberg's Chehalem Senior Center I served meals and talked with seniors about the social benefits of the program. For many of the people I meet, Older Americans Act programs, including popular nutrition programs, have made it possible to continue to live independently.

In addition to Meals on Wheels, the Older Americans Act also funds other important services like protection from elder abuse, family caregiver support, and job assistance to those who are able and willing to work. My bill will reauthorize and update this important law with new provisions for older Americans so they can live their lives with dignity. Our seniors have contributed so much to our country, and their later years should be a time for them to enjoy the lives they have built. 

I will continue to work to strengthen the programs older Americans rely on to live healthy and happy lives.  

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