Friday, July 9, 2010

Franken’s Staff To Meet With Seniors In Alexandria

Senator Seeking Minnesota Input For Upcoming Debate On Older Americans Act

With millions of baby boomers beginning to retire next year, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced today that his staff will be in Alexandria on Friday, July 16. Franken staff will meet with area seniors about the unique challenges they face in their retirement years.

“From home foreclosures, to health care, to retirement security, hundreds of thousands of Minnesota seniors – especially those in rural areas – are dealing with issues that affect their well-being,” said Sen. Franken. “Next year, as the large U.S. Baby Boomer population begins to retire, I want to ensure that we are prepared as a state and as a nation to meet our seniors’ needs. The input I get from Minnesotans at these meetings will be valuable to me as the Senate takes up the Older Americans Act next year.”

Sen. Franken serves on the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging as well as the Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Next year, both of these panels will reauthorize the Older Americans Act, which funds many of the local services used by seniors. Sen. Franken said the meetings will allow his office to hear from Minnesota seniors about what is working and what needs to be changed to allow Minnesota seniors to thrive in their retirement years.

Sen. Franken’s staff will be meeting with seniors to discuss the unique challenges they face at the following location:

Nelson Gables, Governor’s Room
1220 Nokomis St., Alexandria
10:00 a.m. CST, Friday, July 16

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