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.

Senate Unanimously Approves Collins, Blumenthal Resolution Recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a Member of the Committee, declaring June 15, 2016, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The resolution calls attention to the problem of elder abuse around the nation, and honors all those that fight for justice for victims. U.S.

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Mainer Victimized by Drug Smuggling Scam Released from Spanish Prison

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, announced that J. Bryon Martin, a 77-year-old former pastor from Dresden, Maine, who was incarcerated abroad after falling victim to an international drug smuggling scam, was released from a Spanish prison and has been reunited with his family in the United States.  Yesterday afternoon, Senator Collins called Mr. Martin to welcome him home.

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Lead from Senator Susan Collins’ Committee Results in Arrest of Five Suspected IRS Impersonation Scammers

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, announced today that as a result of a lead reported to the Committee’s Fraud Hotline, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has arrested five individuals connected with the IRS impersonation scam. Two individuals were identified as a direct result of the crucial information provided by a fraud investigator with the Aging Committee’s Hotline.  

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Soaring Prices on Decades-old Drugs

Berna Heyman, a retired college librarian from Williamsburg, Virginia, has Wilson disease, an inherited disorder that prevents copper from being excreted from the body, allowing dangerous accumulations. Untreated, it can cause serious liver, brain, and eye problems and even lead to death. Treated, the individual can live a normal life.

There are, however, very few medicines that can treat Wilson disease. The main drugs are Syprine and Cuprimine.

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Assessing the Progress and the Work to be Done in the Fight to End Alzheimer’s

When I was back home in Maine recently, I saw an 88-year-old woman taking care of her 90-year-old husband with Alzheimer’s.  I also spoke with a woman in her 50s who, with her sisters, is juggling their busy work schedules with the care of their mother who has Alzheimer’s.  And I talked to a man trying to cope with his wife’s dementia as well as his own health problems.

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Senators Collins, McCaskill Lead Aging Committee Hearing: Finding a Cure: Assessing Progress Toward the Goal of Ending Alzheimer’s by 2025

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee and Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, and Senator Claire McCaskill, the Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, held a hearing today on the importance of Alzheimer’s research and the need to support family caregivers.  The hearing, titled, “Finding a Cure: Assessing Progress Toward the Goal of Ending Alzheimer’s by 2025,” examined the progress made in combating Alzheimer’s disease since the enactment of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) in 2011 and assessed the next steps needed to achieve the ultimate objective of finding a means to treat, cure, and—ultimately—prevent Alzheimer’s. 

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Sens. Collins, McCaskill Lead Aging Committee Effort to Seek Release of Imprisoned Seniors Abroad

 U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, were joined by seven other Committee members in urging Secretary of State John Kerry to work with foreign governments to reexamine cases involving at least 30 American seniors, including J. Bryon Martin, a retired pastor from Maine, who have been imprisoned as a result of a drug smuggling scam unveiled by the Committee and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last month.

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Senator Collins Underscores Importance of Combatting IRS Imposter Scam to Attorney General Lynch

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Aging Committee, emphasized to Attorney General Loretta Lynch the importance of developing a more robust response to the IRS impersonation phone scam at an Appropriations Committee hearing this morning.  During the hearing, Senator Collins showcased the Aging Committee’s comprehensive guide on the top 10 scams targeting seniors, which found that the IRS impersonation phone scam is the #1 most prevalent fraud.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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