Older Americans Act Impact

July 19, 2016 - Serving Seniors

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The Older Americans act was passed into law 51 years ago this month by President Lyndon B. Johnson. We stand by his belief that “The Older Americans Act clearly affirms our nation’s sense of responsibility toward the well-being of all of our older citizens. But even more, the results of this act will help us to expand our opportunities for enriching the lives of all of our citizens in this country, now and in the years to come.”

In the decades since, the OAA has helped seniors remain independent in their homes and communities. OAA programs provide basic necessities such as meals, home-care, help coordinating long-term care, job training, legal services and protection from abuse and neglect in nursing homes. These programs save taxpayer dollars, by reducing health care expenditures and keep people out of nursing homes and other expensive long-term care settings.

In April of this year, Congress passed and the President signed a reauthorization of the OAA, reaffirming our nation’s commitment to the health and well-being of older adults. This was the latest of many milestones for the law over the last 51 years.

Click here to learn more about earlier milestones and the OAA’s impact on older adults

This post was adapted from an article by Administration for Community Living 
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