Support the Older Americans Act (OAA)

Over the past year, we've collected thousands of stories of struggle that have offered glimpses into the lives of seniors who struggle to pay for basic needs like housing, food, and medication.

1 of 3 older Americans is economically insecure, living one bad break away from economic crisis. The Older Americans Act (OAA) is a key vehicle for helping seniors stay healthy, find employment, and age in place—all of which saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

As Congress debates OAA funding and reauthorization this fall, we need individuals and organizations to raise their voices in support of the OAA—and urge their members of Congress to do the same.

 

Congressional Supporters

Congressional Supporters have issued a public video or written statement of support for the OAA. To submit a statement of support, members of Congress or their staff should contact Marci Phillips, NCOA's Director of Public Policy & Advocacy at marci.phillips@ncoa.org, 202-479-6658.

We're pleased to feature these members of Congress, who have joined our OAA Support Drive! Watch or read their statements of support, and ask your members of Congress to join these leaders in supporting the OAA!

Senator Al Franken (D-MN)

Do you live in Minnesota? Thank Sen. Franken for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Senator Cardin (D-MD)

Do you live in Maryland? Thank Sen. Cardin for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN)

Do you live in Minnesota's 4th District? Thank Rep. McCollum for supporting older adults via her website or Facebook page.

Representative Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)

Do you live in Pennsylvania? Thank Rep. Schwartz for supporting older adults via her website or Facebook page.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Do you live in CT? Thank Sen. Blumenthal for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Do you live in WV? Thank Sen. Manchin for supporting older adults via his website or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Bob Casey  (D-PA)

Do you live in PA? Thank Sen. Casey for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator John Kerry (D-MA)

Do you live in MA? Thank Sen. Kerry for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Daniel K. Akaka  (D-HI)

Do you live in HI? Thank Sen. Akaka for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Do you live in CO? Thank Sen. Bennet for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Jeff Bingaman  (D-NM)

Do you live in NM? Thank Sen. Bingaman for supporting older adults via his website or Facebook page.

Read his statement »

Senator Barbara Boxer  (D-CA)

Do you live in CA? Thank Sen. Boxer for supporting older adults via her website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read her statement »

Senator Richard Durbin  (D-IL)

Do you live in IL? Thank Sen. Durbin for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Mark Steven Kirk  (R-IL)

Do you live in IL? Thank Sen. Kirk for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator FRANK Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Do you live in NJ? Thank Sen. Lautenberg for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Robert Menendez  (D-NJ)

Do you live in NJ? Thank Sen. Menendez for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Do you live in OR? Thank Sen. Merkley for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)

Do you live in WV? Thank Sen. Rockefeller for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)

Do you live in NY? Thank Sen. Schumer for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Do you live in Vermont? Thank Sen. Sanders for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI)

Do you live in Wisconsin? Thank Sen. Kohl for supporting older adults via his website or Facebook page.

Read his statement »

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC)

Do you live in NC? Thank Sen. Hagan for supporting older adults via her website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read her statement »

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Do you live in MN? Thank Sen. Klobuchar for supporting older adults via her website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read her statement »

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Do you live in MD? Thank Sen. Mikulski for supporting older adults via her website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read her statement »

Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)

Do you live in CO? Thank Sen. Udall for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Do you live in IL? Thank Rep. Schakowsky for supporting older adults via her website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read her statement »

Representative John Carney (D-DE)

Do you live in DE? Thank Rep. Carney for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)

Do you live in MI? Thank Sen. Levin for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse  (D-RI)

Do you live in RI? Thank Sen. Whitehouse for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Kristen Gillibrand  (D-NY)

Do you live in NY? Thank Sen. Gillibrand for supporting older adults via her website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT)

Do you live in VT? Thank Sen. Leahy for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD)

Do you live in SD? Thank Sen. Johnson for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Do you live in MI? Thank Sen.Stabenow  for supporting older adults via her website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read her statement »

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Do you live in OR? Thank Sen. Wyden for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Representative Doris O. Matsui  (D-CA)

Do you live in CA? Thank Rep. Matsui for supporting older adults via her website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read her statement »

Representative Jim McDermott  (D-wa)

Do you live in WA? Thank Rep. Mcdermott for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Representative Mike McIntyre  (D-NC)

Do you live in NC? Thank Rep. McIntyre for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Representative Charles B. Rangel  (D-NY)

Do you live in NY? Thank Rep. Rangel for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Representative Steven Rothman  (D-NJ)

Do you live in NJ? Thank Rep. Rothman for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Representative Edolphus Towns (D-NY)

Do you live in NY? Thank Rep. Towns for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Representative Fred Upton (r-MI)

Do you live in Mi? Thank Rep. Upton for supporting older adults via his website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read his statement »

Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL)

Do you live in SD? Thank Rep. Johnson for supporting older adults via her website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.

Read her statement »


Supporting Organizations

Supporting Organizations believe Congress should protect and strengthen the OAA and have helped spread the word about this OAA Support Drive. Become a supporting organization [PDF].

Wider Opportunities
for Women

National Association
of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs

LeadingAge

Easter Seals

Meals on
Wheels

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities

Gerontological Society of America

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

National Community Reinvestment Coalition

National Association of State LTC Ombudsman Programs

See All »


Citizen Advocates

Citizen Advocates believe Congress should protect and strengthen the OAA and have contacted their members of Congress to urge them to publically support the OAA. Become an advocate.

2,001 Citizen Advocates have sent 8,015 letters urging their lawmakers to publically support the OAA!