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Gillibrand, Casey Introduce Landmark Strategic Plan For Aging Act

Bill would create a new, nationwide grant program to incentivize and support states’ efforts to create strategic plans for aging



U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Senate Committee on Aging, and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), chair of the Senate Committee on Aging, introduced the Strategic Plan for Aging Act, a landmark bill that would create a new, nationwide grant program under the Older Americans Act (OAA) to incentivize and support states’ efforts to create their own strategic plans for aging.


There are currently at least 24 states that are implementing, developing, or initiating a comprehensive plan to address the needs of older adults; these plans are commonly referred to by states as Master Plans for Aging or Multisector Plans for Aging. These plans are cross-sector, state-led strategic planning resources that can help states transform the infrastructure and coordination of services for their aging populations. The ultimate goal is to guide smart policy choices and investments at the state level to ensure older adults can live with dignity in the setting of their choice.  


In the United States, there are more than 57 million Americans aged 65 years and older, and because that number is expected to rise to more than 80 million by 2040, it is essential that state and local governments are prepared to address the needs of our aging loved ones.


For more, see Gillibrand's February 28, 2024 press release here.

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