As the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Collins’ priorities include retirement security, highlighting the importance of biomedical research on diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and scams targeting seniors. 

As the Senate Co-Chair of the Congressional Alzheimer’s Task Force, the Senator is particularly committed to putting an end to Alzheimer’s disease, which has had such a devastating effect on 5.2 million Americans and their families.

To visit the Senate Special Committee on Aging’s website, click here.

Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill to Create Semipostal Stamp to Help Combat Elder Abuse

Washington, D.C. — In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Stamp Out Elder Abuse Act.  This bipartisan bill would give U.S. Postal Service customers the option of purchasing a semipostal—or fundraising—stamp that would benefit efforts to raise awareness about elder abuse and support efforts to protect seniors. 

 

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Senator Collins Attends Westbrook Housing Celebration

Westbrook, ME—U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered remarks at the grand opening of the Westbrook Housing Authority’s newly rehabilitated housing developments of Riverview Terrace and Larrabee Woods, apartment buildings for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.  Following the ceremony, Senator Collins participated in a brief tour of Larrabee Woods.  The event was attended by approximately 150 Westbrook Housing staff, residents, peer organizations, city and state legislators, financers, and project participants.

 

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Collins, Jones Bill to Prevent Con Artists from Stealing Tax Refunds Heads to President’s Desk to be Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. – Last night, the Senate unanimously passed legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Doug Jones (D-AL) to thwart identity theft tax refund fraud and prevent American taxpayers and seniors from falling victim.  Their bill, which was included as a provision in the Taxpayer First Act, previously passed the House of Representatives and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

 

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Senator Collins Participates in Hospice of Southern Maine Groundbreaking Ceremony

Scarborough, ME — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, delivered remarks at the groundbreaking of a new hospice center in Scarborough last night.  This building will help Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) address the growing demand for end-of-life care in Southern Maine and consolidate over 120 staff from two other leased buildings on Route 1 in Scarborough.

 

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Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing Senior Corps Volunteers Serving 50 Million Hours in 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and Angus King (I-ME) announced that the Senate unanimously passed a resolution to recognize the 220,000 Senior Corps volunteers who collectively provided 50 million hours of community service in 2018.  This resolution was cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 21 Senators, including Senators Collins and King.

 

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Extend Availability of Alzheimer’s Semipostal Stamp

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, joined Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in introducing legislation to authorize the current United States Postal Service (USPS) Alzheimer’s research stamp for an additional six years, providing more time to raise additional Alzheimer’s research funds for the National Institutes of Health.

 

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Legislation to Establish National Panel on Seniors and Disasters Passes Senate with Collins Amendment

Washington, D.C. —To address unique challenges older Americans face during natural disasters, U.S. Senator Susan Collins authored an amendment that passed the Senate unanimously.  Her amendment, which was included in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019, would authorize the creation of a national advisory committee to identify ways to better prepare and care for older Americans during a disaster.  The bill now awaits consideration by the House of Representatives.

 

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Collins Fights to Preserve Senior Food Box Program, which Helps Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn Serve Thousands of Mainers

Washington, D.C. — At a hearing this morning to review the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) fiscal year 2020 budget request, Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, pressed Secretary Sonny Perdue on the proposed elimination of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, commonly known as the Senior Food Box program.  Senator Collins emphasized how important the Senior Food Box program is to seniors throughout Maine.

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Bipartisan Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act Introduced by Collins, Stabenow, Markey, Capito, Menendez

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced the bipartisan Improving HOPE (Health, Outcomes, Planning, and Education) for Alzheimer’s Act. Thanks to a successful bipartisan push by lawmakers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced in November 2016 that Medicare would begin covering new care plans in 2017, effectively implementing the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act.

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