Senator Susan Collins, U.S. Congress (R-Maine)
68 Sewall Street, Room 507
Augusta, ME 04330
Senator Susan Collins was first elected to the United States Senate in 1996. She is the former Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Today, Senator Collins serves on the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Appropriations Committee, and as a member of the Transportation Appropriation, and Defense Appropriation Subcommittees. She is currently serving as the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Aging. Senator Collins was born and raised in Caribou Maine, where her family runs a fifth-generation lumber business. Senator Collins currently resides in Bangor Maine with her husband Thomas A. Daffron.
Senator Collins has long been an advocate for older Americans and their caregivers, and issues related to homecare and hospice have always been top priorities for Senator Collins. She sponsored the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013- a bill to ensure more times access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries.
As the Senate co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s disease, she is working to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research and to strengthen support for family caregivers. Signed into law in 2011, she was the lead author of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. Senator Collins knows personally about the issues facing family caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients.
“Alzheimer’s disease takes a tremendous personal and economic toll on both the individual and the family,” explained the Senator in a 2012 column. As someone whose family has experienced the pain of Alzheimer’s too many times, I know that there is no more helpless feeling than to watch the progression of this dreadful disease.”
The National Alliance for Caregiving would like to thank Senator Collins for her ongoing support and advocacy for families and caregivers.