- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has served on Special Committee on Aging since 1997. Now she’s the chairwoman.

The Maine Republican was officially elected to lead the panel on Thursday.

Collins says she pursued the post because Maine has the oldest median age in the nation and the leadership position will enable her to work on issues of concern to seniors.

In the last session, the panel focused on health care, retirement security, transportation and scams targeting seniors.

Collins says she wants to place special emphasis on Alzheimer’s research, saying the nation spends more than $200 billion a year on Alzheimer’s care but “less than three-tenths of 1 percent” of that amount is spent on research.

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