Statement From LeadingAge President And CEO Katie Smith Sloan On President Trump's Fighting For America's Seniors Event On World Elder Abuse Day

PRESS RELEASE | June 15, 2020 | by Lisa Sanders

Contact: Lisa Sanders

lsanders@leadingage.org 202-508-9407

June 15, 2020 Washington DC -- It’s troubling that in the middle of a pandemic—and on World Elder Abuse day no less—that the administration would hold a “Fighting for America’s Seniors” event to claim that the federal government is doing its best for older adults. It is not.

As new coronavirus cases are at 20,000 a day and hot spots are spiking around the country, the situation in nursing homes and other aging service providers remains very serious. Our government has failed to provide the leadership and critical resources they need, including personal protective equipment (PPE), testing, and a comprehensive plan for emergency funding. And because the virus has been most deadly for older people of color, we must ensure that they are not overlooked.  

It is our obligation to speak up for these Americans. We will not stay quiet when older people are dying in unprecedented numbers. A thousand photo-ops can’t hide the truth. We implore the administration to use its power to provide real relief.” 

LINK: https://www.c-span.org/video/?473086-1/president-trump-speaks-reporters-white-house

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