February 08, 2012

Monday: Manchin to Hold First Senate Aging Committee Hearing in West Virginia

During field hearing in Charleston, local, state and federal officials will testify on issues affecting seniors and how to best strengthen aging services and programs

West Virginians are invited to attend

Charleston, W.Va.— Members of the public are invited to join U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, at a meeting that will bring together officials working in the local, state and federal aging networks. During the field hearing Monday, witnesses will testify and answer questions on how to best strengthen and improve services and programs for seniors in West Virginia and across the nation. U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee will testify, and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito will also join Senator Manchin during the hearing.  

“As your United States Senator, one of my highest priorities is making sure we keep our promises to our seniors,” Senator Manchin said. “Beyond strengthening Social Security and Medicare, we need to make sure that we do all we can to improve the services our seniors rely on. When I was Governor, I was so proud to increase our services to seniors by 83 percent, placing food trucks in all 55 counties, targeting funding to Alzheimer’s Respite Care and Elder Watch Programs, and by providing the support seniors need to stay in the comfort of their own homes. I am confident that by working together, we can do even more to support our older Americans.”

In addition to identifying ways to improve senior services, the hearing will also focus on the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which is scheduled to take place this year.  

The hearing will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the 1st floor Ceremonial Courtroom, W. Kent Carper Justice and Public Safety Complex, Charleston.  Members of Senator Manchin’s staff, as well as committee staff will be on hand to meet with constituents.  

A witness list is included. 


Panel 1 

Kathy Greenlee
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, D.C.

Panel 2 

Suzanne Messenger
State Long-Term Care Ombudsman 
West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services 
Charleston, WV

Brenda Landers
Metro Area Agency on Aging 
Dunbar, WV

Janie Hamilton 
Kanawha Valley Senior Services
Charleston, WV
Helen Matheny 
Alzheimer’s Outreach and Registry Program 
Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute 
Morgantown, WV

James Clagg
Milton Senior Center
Milton, WV