Grassley Awarded for Contribution to Older Americans
"It's a real honor to accept this award today. The work and leadership of AAHSA have helped millions of elderly Americans achieve quality living and care. Through the efforts of AAHSA, senior citizens around the country are being cared for in their communities by professionals who uphold our country's high standards of quality and who respect the individual dignity of older Americans," Grassley said.
In January, Grassley became chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. He has stated that as chairman he will work to alleviate some of the anxiety older Americans feel about their security and quality of life. "Under my leadership, the committee is focusing on the problems facing seniors and considering positive solutions to help improve the lives of our older citizens. We will take up a range of issues with respect to Medicare, Medicaid and Long Term Care," he said.
Past recipients of the AAHSA Distinguished Service Award include Sens. David Pryor, Nancy Kassebaum, John Heinz, and Jay Rockefeller, as well as Rep. Claude Pepper.
The AAHSA represents not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing high-quality health care, housing and services to the nation's elderly. Its membership consists of over 5,000 not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, senior housing facilities, assisted living and home and community based service organizations. Members of AAHSA serve more than one million older people across the country. Grassley accepted his award today during a noon luncheon in Washington.