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.

Chairman Collins Leads Hearing on National Epidemic of Prescription Opioid Abuse, Underscores key concerns in recent Collins-led bipartisan letter to Secretary Burwell

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, led a hearing today titled, “Opioid Use Among Seniors—Issues and Emerging Trends,” to examine a facet of one of the foremost public health challenges facing our nation: opioid addiction.  The Aging Committee’s hearing explored the medical use of opioids for pain relief and the challenges health care providers face in treating pain in an environment where the diversion of prescription painkillers is contributing to the ongoing opioid epidemic.  At the invitation of Senator Collins, MaineGeneral’s Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Steve Diaz, testified at today’s hearing.

Read More...

MaineGeneral’s Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer to Testify at Aging Committee Hearing on National Epidemic of Prescription Opioid Abuse

Steve Diaz, M.D., the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of MaineGeneral Health, will testify at an upcoming Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing titled, “Opioid Use Among Seniors—Issues and Emerging Trends.”  The hearing will examine a facet of one of the foremost public health challenges facing our nation: opioid addiction.  Dr. Diaz is testifying at the invitation of Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee.

Read More...

In Response to National Epidemic of Prescription Opioid Abuse, Aging Committee to Lead Hearing titled: "Opioid Use Among Seniors: Issues and Emerging Trends"

Hearing Scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, 2:30 PM, Dirksen Room 562

 

Washington, D.C.— The Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a hearing titled, “Opioid Use Among Seniors—Issues and Emerging Trends,” to examine a facet of one of the foremost public health challenges facing our nation: opioid addiction.  The hearing will be led by Chairman Susan Collins and by Senator Joe Donnelly, who will serve as the Ranking Member.  

Read More...

Senator Collins Participates in “A Conversation at the Dyke Center” at Husson University

U.S. Senator Susan Collins participated in a forum regarding small businesses, aging, and retirement security, among other topics at Husson University.  The forum, part of the popular series, “A Conversation at the Dyke Center,” was hosted by the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business.  Senator Collins was the founding executive director of the Center.  Dr. Nancy Forster-Holt, the current Director, was Senator Collins’ conversation partner.

Read More...

MEDIA ADVISORY TODAY- Senator Collins to Participate in “A Conversation at the Dyke Center” at Husson University in Bangor

U.S. Senator Susan Collins will participate in a forum regarding small businesses, aging, and retirement security, among other topics tomorrow at Husson University.  The forum will be hosted by the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business and is part of the popular series, “A Conversation at the Dyke Center.”  Dr. Nancy Forster-Holt, the Director of the Dyke Center, will be Senator Collins’ conversation partner.

Read More...

ICYMI - NYT: “Drug Traffickers Turn to New Type of Courier: Seniors”

In what law enforcement officials describe as a new front in international smuggling, global traffickers and cartels are increasingly turning to a new source for couriers to smuggle drugs across international borders: vulnerable American older adults.

The traffickers deceive seniors with promises of prizes or relationships, setting them up to unknowingly try to carry luggage filled with cocaine or other items through customs, hoping they will not arouse suspicions. Such cases have been seen in nearly a dozen foreign countries, officials say. Details of the smuggling and a counteroperation that officials called Operation Cocoon were disclosed by the Department of Homeland Security during a hearing on Wednesday before the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Read More...

ICYMI: “Collins calls for Alzheimer's support, funding after tour of Falmouth center”

FALMOUTH — The message from Maine’s senior U.S. senator was clear Tuesday morning: the state and the nation must do more for those with Alzheimer’s disease and the people who care for them.

Speaking at the Lunt Auditorium at 74 Lunt Road, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said while Alzheimer’s is “a devastating disease” for the patient, it is also harmful to family members who become caretakers.

“It’s impossible to talk about Alzheimer’s without talking about the caregivers,” Collins said.

Read More...

A Year in Review

As we turn the page on 2015 and look to the future, I welcome this opportunity to share some of the accomplishments of the past year.  Although much work remains to be done, I was able to achieve progress on issues that matter to the people of Maine, whom I am honored to represent in the United States Senate.

Read More...

Senate Passes Collins-Baldwin RAISE Family Caregivers Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Senate passed the RAISE Family Caregivers Act, introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), this evening. The legislation must now be considered by the House of Representatives.

Read More...

Protecting Our Seniors from Identity Theft

Americans are very concerned about the risk of identity theft.  A recent Harris Poll found that 70 percent of respondents cited identity theft as among their greatest security-related concerns, ahead of terrorism, personal safety,

Read More...

Caring For Our Caregivers

There are more than 40 million individuals in our nation who know all too well the compassion, commitment, and endurance that it takes to be a caregiver of a loved one. They also know the frustration and exhaustion that often results.  Our caregivers devote their time and attention, and they frequently must make many personal and financial sacrifices to ensure that their loved ones have the care they need day in and day out.  Most important, America’s caregivers enable many of our nation’s seniors to remain living in the safety and comfort of their own homes.

Read More...

The Path To A Cure For Type 1 Diabetes

With its magnificent buildings, monuments, and memorials, Washington is a city of inspiring sights. Just as inspiring was the sea of blue t-shirts worn by the more than 160 young delegates to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 2015 Children’s Congress who participated in a recent Aging Committee hearing I chaired on how diabetes affects people of all ages and their families, and the importance of research to prevent, treat, and eventually cure this difficult and life-long disease.

Read More...

Pages

Subscribe to Senior Issues