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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

98 STAT. 208

PUBLIC LAW 98-294—MAY 22, 1984 Public Law 98-294 98th Congress

':& ?-* Joint Resolution

May 22, 1984 [S.J. Res. 198]

Designating April 26, 1985, as "National Nursing Home Residents Day".

Whereas over one million older Americans reside in nursing homes and one in five older Americans likely will reside in a nursing home at some time; Whereas nursing home residents have contributed to the growth, development, and progress of this Nation and, as elders, offer a wealth of knowledge and experience; Whereas Congress recognizes the importance of the continued participation of these institutionalized senior citizens in the life of our Nation; Whereas in an effort to foster reintegration of these citizens into their communities Congress encourages community recognition of and involvement in the lives of nursing home residents; Whereas the Congress recognizes the importance of safeguarding the rights of nursing home residents; and Whereas it is appropriate for the American people to join in support of nursing home residents to demonstrate their concern and respect for these citizens: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That April 26, 1985, is designated as "National Nursing Home Residents Day", a time of renewed recognition, concern, and respect for the Nation's nursing home residents. The President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Approved May 22, 1984.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—S.J. Res. 198: CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 130 (1984): Apr. 25, considered and passed Senate. May 1, considered and passed House, amended. May 10, Senate concurred in House amendment.