U.S. Administration on Aging

Department of Health and Human Services


Media Advisory


For Immediate Release                                               AoA Press Office                  

Friday, February 12, 2010                                          (202) 357-3507


U.S. Administration on Aging to hold First Public Input Session for the Reauthorization of

the Older Americans Act

                 First in series of forums being held to throughout the country


HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging  Kathy Greenlee will convene the Administration on Aging’s (AoA) first official listening session to get input from seniors, caregivers and representatives of AoA’s national network of community-based organizations that will be considered in developing recommendations for the next reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA). 


                        WHO:    Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging, HHS


                        WHEN:  Thursday, February 18, 2010, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT


                        WHERE: Embassy Suite Dallas Near the Galleria, 14021 Noel Road,

    Dallas, Tex.


Background: The Older Americans Act, enacted in 1965 and administered by the U.S. Administration on Aging, provides services and programs that keep seniors independent, healthy and secure in their communities. The current authorization of the OAA will expire on September 30, 2011. The last time the Act was reauthorized was in 2006. The Administration on Aging is holding a series of listening sessions around the country to get input for recommendations for the next reauthorization to be considered by Congress.


AoA-sponsored public listening sessions will be held in Dallas, Texas, Alexandria, Va. and San Francisco, California.  Additional methods for transmitting public input for the reauthorization and information about AoA can be found at http://www.aoa.gov/


Media interested in covering or attending Dallas session should contact Moya.Thompson@aoa.hhs.gov