In 1965, President Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law, and also created Medicare and Medicaid. These programs, along with Social Security, have provided economic, health and social support for millions of seniors and people with disabilities. In 1965, there were 26 million Americans age 60+, and now there are 57 million older adults. Adults age 80+ are our fastest growing group, and many will need long term care. Reliance on family members, who currently provide 80 percent of the long term care assistance for our nation’s seniors, will increase. The historic enactment of the Affordable Care Act by President Obama on March 23, 2010 provides a great opportunity to further improve the health and lives of older Americans and support their caregivers. read more>>

Source: PCA News Bulletin (July 30, 2010), Administration on Aging (July 14, 2010)


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