USA - Older Americans Act of 1965 update

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Older Americans Act of 1965 update

ACL is seeking input on proposed updates to the regulations for most of its Older Americans Act (OAA) programs -- the first significant update in more than 30 years. The proposed rule addresses issues that have emerged since the last update and clarifies a number of requirements. It aims to better support the national aging network that delivers OAA services and improve program implementation, with the ultimate goal of better serving older adults. Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on August 15, 2023.

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what is Older Americans Act of 1965
First passed in 1965 and last reauthorized on March 25, 2020, the OAA authorizes a wide range of programs and services, most of which focus on helping older adults age in place. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, support for family caregivers, preventive health services, personal and home care services, transportation, legal assistance, elder abuse prevention, and so much more. In addition, the OAA provides ombudsman services for people who live in long-term care facilities.

Through the aging services network, the OAA has helped older adults continue to work and volunteer, live independently and age with dignity, to the great benefit of all. Because of the OAA, neighborhoods and organizations across the country are able to continue to draw upon the wealth of knowledge that comes only with life experience.


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