In 1965, Congress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA) in response to a lack of community social services for older persons. Back then the “aging” profession was in its infancy yet government thought leaders understood that the needs of a burgeoning older population could not be ignored.
Newly created grant programs allowed qualified older adults to receive services under many Federal programs. In 2006, OAA was modified, and today, the OAA is considered to be the major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services to older Americans and their family caregivers.
The links below offer abrief overview of OAA services including frequently asked question sand other related information:
- Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
- Civic Engagement
- Elder Justice
- Evidence-Based Health Promotion Disease Prevention Programs
- Mental health
- National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)
- Payer of Last Resort
- Private Pay
- Self-Directed Care
- State Plans
- Targeting/Limited English Proficiency
Another important off-shoot of the OAA is the employment opportunities offered to people who are interested in the myriad activities related to keeping the OAA running smoothly.
At this point you may be asking yourself,why do I need to care about OAA? The answer, dear blog reader may not be something youwant to hear.
If you’ve been reading my blogs over the years you know darn well that there is a very real chancethat your aging parents will run out of money. People are living a third longer than they thought they would; the longer your parents live the greater the chance their money well will run dry. And if and when that happens, you will want to tap into OAA for assistance of one kind or another.
At this writing The Older American’s Act is in trouble.BIG TROUBLE.I urge you to learn more about OAA through One Away, a campaign that highlights the plights of economically insecure older adults and the challenges YOU will encounter as a family caregiver if the OAA goes by the wayside.
I invite you to watch this video: www.oneaway.org. The campaign’s primary legislative goal is to reauthorize the Older Americans Act.Millions of older adults depend on vital public programs to survive. Will your parents be one of them?