APA Statement on House Passage of Dignity in Aging Act

Posted: October 28, 2019

WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage today of the Dignity in Aging Act, H.R. 4334, which would reauthorize and amend programs under the Older Americans Act.

“The programs and services authorized under the Older Americans Act provide important social, nutrition and other community services, as well as support to area agencies on aging and services research,” said APA President Rosie Phillips Davis, PhD. “APA is working closely with House and Senate offices in support of provisions to better meet older Americans’ mental health needs, and we applaud the House for including provisions on suicide prevention, ending social isolation and addressing cultural sensitivities with caregiving. APA will continue to advocate for mental health provisions as the bill moves to the Senate.”