In July 1965, when the Older Americans Act (OAA) became law, Congress and the Administration envisioned a framework of support services so that older adults would be empowered to age with dignity, health and independence for as long as possible. In the 56 years since its inception, the growth of the population over 60 has increased dramatically, the calls for more services and supports to be delivered in the home have increased, and federal, state, and local budgets have not kept up with the demand.
In response to the most recent reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, our board of directors asked us to produce this report. We could not be more pleased to have engaged with one of the foremost experts on the Older Americans Act in the nation, Carol V. O’Shaughnessy, to serve as the lead author of this report. We are also grateful to the Administration for Community Living and the Congressional Research Service for their review and feedback.
This new report will serve as an essential resource for both new and seasoned aging and disability professionals across the country as they work to manage and oversee the critical programs and services the Older Americans Act provides. We hope that you find this resource useful and that you share it with your local partners.
Click here to read the report.