The 116th Congress is in session and considering issues that impact senior living providers, residents, and professionals.
GOAL OF LEGISLATION
To amend Title VII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize programs that support interprofessional geriatric education, training, and advance research to develop a geriatric-capable workforce, improving health outcomes for a growing and diverse aging American population and their families, and for other purposes.
I am writing to encourage you to support and co-sponsor S. 2888 introduced by Senator Susan Collins and co-sponsored by Senator Bob Casey. This piece of legislation would reauthorize the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) at $45 million annually over the next five years and reinstate the Geriatric Academic Career Awards program at $6 million per year.
As a senior living provider in [state, my company/community] serves [insert number] seniors and employs [insert number] team members. With the aging Baby Boomer generation, the need for senior living employees will dramatically increase over the next ten years.
This bill would address critical workforce training, clinical staffing and support services across the country. Programs like GWEP gives both staff and family caretakers the knowledge and skills to care for seniors while addressing gaps in healthcare, especially around Alzheimer’s and other dementias while the Geriatric Academic Career Awards program supports the development of incoming health professionals in geriatric services unique to the complex issues they face.
Thank you in advance for your support.
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