Older Americans Act

The Older Americans Act of 1965 (Pub.L. 89–73, 79 Stat. 218) was the first federal level initiative aimed at providing comprehensive services for older adults. It created the National Aging Network comprising the Administration on Aging on the federal level, State Units on Aging at the state level, and Area Agencies on Aging at the local level.[1] The network provides funding – based primarily on the percentage of an area's population 60 and older – for nutrition and supportive home and community-based services, disease prevention/health promotion services, elder rights programs, the National Family Caregiver Support Program, and the Native American Caregiver Support Program.[2][3]

Older Americans Act
Long titleAn Act to provide assistance in the development of new or improved programs to help older persons through grants to the States for community planning and services and for training, through research, development, or training project grants, and to establish within the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare an operating agency to be designated as the "Administration on Aging".
Acronyms (colloquial)OAA
NicknamesOlder Americans Act of 1965
Enacted bythe 89th United States Congress
EffectiveJuly 14, 1965
Citations
Public lawPub.L. 89–73
Statutes at Large79 Stat. 218
Codification
Titles amended42 U.S.C.: Public Health and Social Welfare
U.S.C. sections created42 U.S.C. ch. 35 § 3001 et seq.
Legislative history
Older Americans Act of 1965
Long title: To provide assistance in the development of new or improved programs to help older persons through grants to the States for community planning and services and for training, through research, development, or training project grants, and to establish within the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare an operating agency to be designated as the ‘‘Administration on Aging’’.

The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 14, 1965.[4]

In 2016, Congress reauthorized the Act in its entirety, effective through FY 2019.[5] In March 2020, the Act was reauthorized through 2024.[6]


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