Landmark Anniversaries

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Surrey was proud to host the Southeastern Pennsylvania Senior Community Center Dialogue with the Secretary.  Pennsylvania’s new Secretary of Aging, Teresa Osborne, spoke to a full house of 80 professionals in aging services from our region on July 8th.  This was the second time in less than a year that Surrey has hosted the PA Secretary of Aging.  We are very proud of this fact. 

Secretary Osborne spent a large part of her time discussing the three landmark regulation anniversaries that were taking place this summer:  the 80th anniversary of Social Security; the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid; and the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act.  These three landmark legislations have impacted the lives of many millions of Americans.  

Eighty years ago, on August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt marked the signing of the Social Security Act into law with profound and relevant words:

“Today, a hope of many years standing is in large part fulfilled…We have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.” (from the Social Security Administration website)

Though Medicare and Medicaid started as basic insurance programs for Americans who didn’t have health insurance, the programs have changed over the years to provide more and more Americans with access to the quality and affordable health care they need.  Medicaid is critical in providing health coverage to low-income Americans, including elderly and disabled individuals.

The Older Americans Act has provided a national network of aging services and funding that helps older adults to live and thrive in communities of their choice for as long as possible. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, preventive health services, transportation, job training, elder abuse prevention, and so much more.

As Surrey starts celebrating its 35th year of serving our communities, we fully recognize the enhanced quality of life these legislations have allowed to be provided by organizations like Surrey.  The government may create legislation, but it takes people to implement them and carry them out.  Surrey is proud to be part of the solution for making life better for thousands of our older neighbors.

Barbara Fentress
President & CEO