Brief of current Older Americans Act of 2013
Originally passed as the Older Americans Act of 1965, current bill S.1028, also known as, Older Americans Act Amendments of 2013 is a request for the reauthorization of the original act of 1965…with current amendments. Bill S.1028, although not passed, is currently sponsored by Senator Bernard Sanders of the state of Vermont. The bill was introduced on the 23rd of May, 2013, in which there were fourteen cosponsors. Approximately two months later four additional senators signed-on as cosponsors, totaling eighteen. They were all Democrats.
Included in the amendments of Bill S.1028 is the proposal for the inclusion of various groups of elderly individuals who had been excluded from the original Older Americans Act of 1965 with the social benefits awarded to this specific population. That is, elderly people with sexual orientations other than heterosexual, and people with certain illnesses – that qualify, will be afforded the benefits under the old law and the amended law…if passed. The amendments in bill S.1028 are suitable for the current cultural as there is a clear paradigm shift in: 1. the growth of the elderly population, 2. the acceptance of individuals with different life-styles and, 3. the subjective socioeconomic circumstances the elderly may face.
The committees overseeing bill S.1028 were the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and the subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging.
Target Population and Presenting Problem
The population that bill S.1028 serves is the elderly – those 65 years and older. The bill is amended to not only include the elderly that were previous excluded, as mentioned above, but to better serve the elderly without the financial wherewithal and who suffer from elderly abuse (e.g. neglect). According to Senate Bill 113 (2013), there is a significant amount of elderly people with an annual income less than $8000.00; and, who are not receiving an adequate food supply.
The primary problem is that there is a rapidly growing population of people 65 and older that is expected to reach over 50 million by the year 2020 (Jacobsen, Kent, Lee, & Mather, 2001; S. 1028, 2013). Much of this population will continue to suffer the same circumstances in terms of financial, food, and health deprivation. The purpose of the bill appears to be proactive and address the key deficits that the elderly currently face or might face if not addressed at all. It is getting ahead of the curve.
To brief on the specifics of the bill S. 1028, some areas of great significance deserves mentioning. For example, inserting that the elderly income must equate to the standard of living in the US is more that justifiable or appropriate. Clearly, this is of high importance because, as mentioned earlier, the population of those 65 years and older are growing rapidly; yet, a great portion of this populations annual income will be below a human living salary. Without the financial means, or...