VU's Laura Holscher testifies in Washington D.C. before Senate Special Committee on aging

Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington D.C.

May 30, 2024

WASHINGTON - The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging held a successful hearing focused on the 2024 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA). The hearing on Thursday, May 23, featured testimony from two directors of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), both members of the USAging network.

Vincennes University’s Laura Holscher, Executive Director and Assistant Vice President for Generations Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability in Vincennes, was among four witnesses who testified before the Senate Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington D.C.

Laura Holscher at the US Senate Special Committee on AgingHolscher discussed the realities of implementing the OAA at the local level while weaving in the major priorities of USAging in her testimony and under questioning from the senators sitting on the committee, including U.S Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana who serves as the Ranking Member.

You can watch the hearing here and read testimony from Holscher. It's a great watch because not only was she a fantastic witness, but the other witnesses and several senators praised the work of AAAs! 

There were several references to USAging reauthorization recommendations, thanks to months of advocacy by USAging members. This allowed the AAA witnesses to emphasize the importance of nutrition flexibility, noting USAging's proposal with Meals on Wheels America to unify the Title III C nutrition program under one funding stream.  

The AAA directors reinforced other USAging reauthorization priorities throughout the hearing, including codifying a social engagement resource center in the OAA, allowing evidence-informed programs in Title III D, and more. The other witnesses were also excellent and helped round out the perspectives on the incredible human impact OAA's many programs and services have in communities around the country.  

Holscher provided insights on the impact of the OAA in the six Southwestern Indiana counties VU's Generations serves: Knox, Greene, Daviess, Martin, Pike, and Dubois. She shared her experiences and highlighted the significance of continued support for aging programs. Her testimony underscored the critical role of the OAA in supporting services and programs that benefit older Americans, advocating for the reauthorization to ensure ongoing assistance for the aging population.

Holscher represents VU and the state of Indiana, bringing to the forefront the successes and challenges facing older adults and their caregivers. Her leadership in aging services has been crucial in improving the quality of life for many individuals, ensuring they can age with dignity and independence. Holscher’s expertise and dedication underscore the significant contributions of AAA directors in advocating for policies that benefit older Americans.

The participation of Holscher is a testament to her hard work and dedication. Her insight will play a crucial role in shaping the future of aging services in the United States as the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act approaches.

Through the efforts of Holscher and Generations, VU continues to make a significant impact on the community, demonstrating the University’s commitment to excellence and service. This national recognition highlights the important role educational institutions and their leaders play in shaping policies that affect the well-being of the aging population.

As the Senate committee gathers information, the testimonies of leaders like Holscher will help ensure that older Americans receive the care and support they deserve, paving the way for continued support and innovation in aging services.

For more information about the VU Generations Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, visit  

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