Older Americans Act

The Older American’s Act is up for renewal this year:

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Since 1965,  The Older American’s Act (OAA) has been the major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services for older adults and their caregivers. It authorizes services delivered by a national network of 56 State agencies on aging, 629 area agencies on aging, nearly 20,000 service providers, 244 Tribal organizations, and 2 Native Hawaiian organizations representing 400 Tribes.

In addition to nutrition and in-home services, OAA includes community service employment for low-income older Americans; training, research, and demonstration activities in the field of aging, and vulnerable elder rights protection activities.

Congress initially passed the OAA in response to concerns about a lack of community social services for older persons. The original legislation established authority for grants to States for community planning and social services, research and development projects, and personnel training in the field of aging. The law also established the Administration on Aging (AoA) to administer the newly created grant programs and to serve as the Federal focal point on matters concerning older persons.