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COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES

HARRISON A. WILLIAMS, JR., New Jersey, Chairman JENNINGS RANDOLPH, West Virginia JACOB K. JAVITS, New York CLAIBORNE PELL, Rhode Island

RICHARD S. SCHWEIKER, Pennsylvania EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts ROBERT T. STAFFORD, Vermont GAYLORD NELSON, Wisconsin

ORRIN G. HATCH, Utah THOMAS F. EAGLETON, Missouri

JOHN H CHAFEE, Rhode Island
ALAN CRANSTON, California

S. I. HAYAKAWA, California
WILLIAM D. HATHAWAY, Maine
DONALD W. RIEGLE, JR., Michigan

STEPHEN J. PARADISE, General Counsel and Staff Director

MARJORIE M. WHITTAKER, Chief Clerk

JAY B. CUTLER, Minority Counsel

SUBCOMMITTEE ON AGING

THOMAS F. EAGLETON, Missouri, Chairman
EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts JOHN H. CHAFEE, Rhode Island
ALAN CRANSTON, California

S. I. HAYAKAWA, California
HARRISON A. WILLIAMS, JR., New Jersey
(ex officio)

MARCIA MCCORD, Professional Staf Member
JACKSON M. ANDREWS, Minority Counsel

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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

HARRISON A. WILLIAMI, JR, NJ., CHAIRMAN JOININGI NOOL, W. VA. JACOJ K. JAVITI, N.Y. CALON PELL, Rel.

RICHARD I. SCHWEIKER, PA. EDWARD M. KOLEDY, MAST. ROBERT T. CTNTORO, M. GAYLORD NOL.SON, WIE

ORRIN O. MATCH, UTAM
THUOMAS . LAGLETON, MO. JOHN M. CHATI, R..
ALAN CRANSTON, CALIF.

3. I. MAYAKAWA, CALIF.
WILLIAM D. MATHAWAY, MAINE
DONALD W. REOLE, JR., MICH.
STEMON J. PARADISE, SONOMAL COUNGE

AND STAY DIRECTOR
MARJORE M. WHITTAKER, CHE CORK

United States Senate

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20810

January 11, 1978

Honorable Harrison A. Williams
Chairman, Committee on Human Resources
4230 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D. C. 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman:

During the 2nd Session of the 95th Congress, the Subcommittee
on Aging will be involved in an extensive examination and
re-evaluation of the programs conducted under the Older Americans
Act with a goal of renewal of this authority due to expire
September 1978,

Because of the widespread interest in this legislation and the extensive work to be conducted by the Subcommittee, I believe that a committee print combining materials relevant to the Act would be most useful. Accordingly, I am enclosing herewith a copy of P. L. 94-135, Senate Report 94-255, House Report 94-67, Conference Report 94-670, and a cordon print prepared by the Administration on Aging; and ask authorization for such printing.

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FOREWORD

Programs authorized under the Older Americans Act have become vital elements in the range of measures through which we seek to improve the lives of older

people in this Nation. The Older Americans Act as enacted in 1965, and amended in 1967, 1969, 1972, and 1973, has achieved a number of essential goals on behalf of the elderly: It strengthened and increased the visibility of the Admininistration on Aging within the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; established, within the framework of titles III, VII, and IX, a comprehensive and coordinated system for the delivery of such services as transportation, employment, well-balanced hot meals served in a congregate setting, services to help older persons live independently in their own homes, and much more; provided grants to train skilled personnel needed in the newly developed programs focused on the elderly; authorized establishment and operation of multipurpose senior centers; implemented a program of research and demonstration projects to test innovative ideas; and amended a number of other acts to assure the participation of the elderly in their programs.

In 1975, amendments were enacted to extend the Act for two years; to emphasize four priority areas for funding under title III—transportation, legal counseling, home repair and home services; and to direct thé U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to make a study of age discrimination with a report of its findings to Congress and the President; among other things. All programs

authorized under the Older Americans Act are due to expire in September 1978. The Subcommittee on Aging will hold a series of hearings to examine the progress and impact of these programs on the lives of the elderly, and will reevaluate the programs in light of information provided by the Civil Rights Commission report, a survey of nutrition projects conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, and a survey of Area Agencies on Aging made by the subcommittee.

It is expected that legislation will be enacted well in advance of the expiration date so that these programs which have served the elderly so well in the past may be improved to help older Americans lead lives of dignity, comfort, and purpose.

HARRISON A. WILLIAMS, JR.,

Chairman. (V)

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