Bill Would Invest in Aging Services Research, Evaluation, Innovation

Legislation | January 12, 2022 | by Andrea Price-Carter

Senators King and Casey Introduce Legislation that Makes Investments in Aging Services Research, Evaluation and Innovation.

On January 11, Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation that makes research to improve aging programs a priority. The Innovations in Aging Act makes investments in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Research, Demonstration and Evaluation Center for the Aging Network (the Center). These resources would help the Center identify best practices and evaluate the impact of the services provided by the aging services network on older adults’ health and independence.

The Innovations in Aging Act is the second bill that’s been introduced as a stand-alone proposal to uplift and support the Older Americans Act (OAA) provisions included in the House-passed Build Back Better Act. The legislation would allow ACL to build on the OAA achievements, and support evidence-based evaluations that allow older adults to age in place in their communities. The Center’s research and evaluations could address: home delivered meal programs; aging services network technical assistance and trainings; and innovative projects designed to integrate programs and services that support older adults, including those with Medicare and Medicaid providers and community-based organizations.

Supporters of the Innovations in Aging Act include: LeadingAge, National Council on Aging, Gerontological Society of America, Lutheran Services in America, Meals on Wheels, Alzheimer’s Impact Movement and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Senator King’s press release on the introduction of the Innovations in Aging Act is available here.