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.

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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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,

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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.

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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.

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Broken Trust: The Financial Exploitation Of Seniors

In late 2012, a Maine jury found an Androscoggin County woman guilty of stealing from her own mother. The details leading up to this conviction were very troubling: This woman sold her mother’s home and moved her into a camper located in her backyard. As if that were not bad enough, the daughter and her boyfriend went on to deplete her mother’s life savings over the course of two years, leaving her penniless as well as homeless.

 

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"Senior Citizens Struggling With Debt"

As Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, an issue I care deeply about is whether older Americans will have the financial resources they need to be secure in retirement. After four decades in the workforce, seniors should be confident they will have the money they need to pay their bills and enjoy their retirement, without fearing they will be overtaken by debt and fall into poverty.

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