Aging is something that affects every single one of us. We can't stop time, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to stay in our homes as long as possible? Signed in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, The Older Americans Act (OAA) was created to help make that possible.
The Act provides money to state Agencies on Aging, who then it distribute local Area Agencies on Aging. This funding is used to help older adults with things like bathing, transportation, and getting a hot nutritious meal. Other good things that come from the Act are increased employment opportunities for seniors, support for families who are caring for an older adult, local senior centers, and programs to protect older adults.
The Older Americans Act was renewed for 5 years beginning in 2020. Fiscal allocations for monies distributed by the act are decided every year in the national budget-making process. Please contact your Congressional representatives and urge them to support older Americans by increasing funding and voting to renew the OAA in 2025.