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Delaware Senate Democrats

ADVISORY: Newly formed Caucus on Aging to hold inaugural meeting Thursday

February 12, 2024

DOVER – With 1 in 5 Delawareans now over the age of 65, elected leaders throughout the state are working to address the issues that directly impact our seniors and the families who care for them.

To help facilitate those efforts and produce better outcomes for all Delawareans, Sen. Spiros Mantzavinos and Rep. Kendra Johnson have announced the formation of the Caucus on Aging, a bipartisan forum that will meet regularly to discuss issues affecting the continuum of care available to seniors and their caregivers in the First State.

“As Delaware’s Baby Boom generation enters retirement and seniors from other states continue to relocate here for the low taxes and excellent quality of life, we need to do more to make sure our parents and grandparents are able to enjoy their senior years in safety and comfort,” Sen. Mantzavinos said.

“Since convening the Aging-In-Place Working Group in 2022 and the Long-Term Care and Memory Care Task Force in 2023, we’ve received a lot of interest from our fellow legislators, advocacy groups and families who want to help us continue our work on a wide array of topics related to Delaware’s seniors,” he said. “The Caucus on Aging will provide a forum where we can discuss solutions, build consensus and drive the conversation forward.”

The inaugural meeting of the Caucus on Aging will be held in the House Hearing Room at Legislative Hall at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, during National Senior Independence Month. The meeting is open to the public and a virtual option also will be provided.

During the meeting, the Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities will give a presentation on Delaware’s aging population and the services available to them. 

“I’m pleased we were able to create this important and bipartisan Caucus on Aging, as we can examine and resolve the pressing issues affecting the aging population and their caregivers across Delaware,” Rep. Kendra Johnson said.

“The array of services available will enable seniors to successfully age in their own homes and communities and improve the quality of long-term care facilities,” she said. “My commitment to both the senior population and their families hasn’t changed, as we owe it to all Delawareans to make improvements and overhauls to ensure that our seniors are receiving the level of care and attention they not only deserve, but are entitled to receive, either in their homes, or at a facility.”

WHO: Sen. Spiros Mantzavinos

Rep. Kendra Johnson

Members of the General Assembly

Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities

WHEN: 11 a.m., Thursday, February 15

WHERE: House Hearing Room

Legislative Hall

411 Legislative Ave.

Dover, DE 19904