The Older Americans Act (OAA) was established in 1965 with the goal of providing health and human services for Americans, particularly as they grow older, and is scheduled to be reauthorized this year. And just in the nick of time: the U.S. expects an unprecedented wave of growth in the over 65 population.
The reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) provides an opportunity for Congress to ensure the Aging Network in the U.S. meets the needs of an ever-expanding population of older Americans and their caregivers.
The national Aging Network, which is comprised of the Administration on Aging (AOA), State Offices on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging, was established by the act to ensure Americans have access to community-based programs and a continuity of care so they may maintain their independence.
The Act contains the following sections: