WASHINGTON, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), chairman of
the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, announced today the witness list
for this week's hearing on the National Family Caregiver Support Program -- a
new $125 million program created when Congress reauthorized the Older
Americans Act last year.
The innovative support effort is intended to help the more than seven
million people who provide informal and unpaid help to the elderly. The
hearing will provide a status report on the implementation and progress of the
The hearing will be held Thursday, May 17, 2001, in room 562 of the
Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
eastern time. There will be a press conference immediately following the
hearing directly outside Dirksen 562 at 11:30am.
It will be webcast live and available for viewing later at
Scheduled to testify are:
Helen Hunter, wife of the late Jim "Catfish" Hunter, is a community leader
from Hertford, North Carolina, on the Board of Directors of the Jim "Catfish"
Hunter ALS Foundation and a board member of The ALS Association - Carolinas
Chapter. She will testify on behalf of The ALS Association, a national health
organization dedicated solely to the fight against amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (often called Lou Gehrig's disease). Jim "Catfish" Hunter, played
for the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees. He won 224 games, pitched in
six of the 10 World Series in the 1970's, earned five World Series rings, won
the Cy Young Award, was selected to the All-Star team eight times, and pitched
a perfect game. He died from complications of ALS in 1999. He was 53.
Sandy Tatom, a family caregiver from Boise, Idaho. She will testify about
her experiences caring for her mother-in-law and its impact on her husband and
Norman L. Thompson, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the
U.S. Administration on Aging, Washington, DC. He will discuss the history and
status of the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
Ms. Suzanne Mintz, President National Family Caregivers Association,
Kensington, Maryland. She was involved in the creation of the legislation
which created the National Family Caregiver Program. She will discuss the
needs of caregivers.
Deborah Briceland-Betts, Executive Director of OWL, Washington, DC, a
national organization focused on the needs of women as they age. She will
testify about how caregiving affects older women, their retirement, and how
the National Family Caregiver Support Program can help.
Ms. Kristin Duke, Executive Director for the Cenla Area Agency on Aging,
Inc., Alexandria, Louisiana, will address how Louisiana is implementing the
program and how it is meeting or not addressing the needs of seniors and
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease
that occurs when motor nerve cells cease to function and die. While a
person's mind remains sharp and alert, muscle control becomes completely lost.
Every 24 hours, 15 people are given the devastating news they have been
diagnosed with ALS.
The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit voluntary health
organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS through research,
patient support, information dissemination and public awareness. For more
information about ALS and a complete list of "Lou's Team" members, visit
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