Friday, June 3, 2011

Former York (PA) Mayor Supports Older Americans Act

Elizabeth Marshall has lived on her own for 10 years. She remains in the home she and her husband, Howard, bought in York in 1954. With the help of family and the York County Area Agency on Aging, the 92-year-old has been able to live comfortably and independently.

[May 25], Marshall, the first elected female mayor of York, traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak to members of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging to support reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which was first established in 1965.

The act has helped give about $1.8 million or 20 percent of the budget used by the area agency on aging, according to a news release from the York County Area Agency on Aging.

Marshall told the senate she has experience in government and understands the tough decisions they must make. Marshall receives meals three times a week from the agency, and told the senate she enjoyed the visits of those who deliver the food.

"We can't forget the senior centers," Marshall said in her testimony. "They give seniors what they need and are far cheaper than nursing home care."

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Former Mayor of York Supports Older Americans Act


StandUp said...

Good cause, Mayor Marshall!

Anonymous said...

The Area Agencies on Aging are not helpful, they are part of the problem.

Money for meals flows through the agency, but others make the meals and deliver them.