U.S. Senator Larry Craig (ID), Chairman of the Senate Special Committee On Aging Announces Witness List for Hearing on 'National Family Caregiver Support Program'
Helen Hunter, Wife of the Late Baseball Great Jim 'Catfish' Hunter to Testify
On Behalf of The ALS Association
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 program. 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 http://aging.senate.gov/whatsnew.htm 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 family. 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 caregivers. 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 www.alsa.org. For more information about the caregiver program go to http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/carenetwork MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X24444718
SOURCE The ALS Association
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