Keeping track of what is happening in Congress is no easy task- but here is some news that will interest all of us because it affects elders across the country. Last September, Senator Bernard (“Bernie”) Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965 and funding for its programs for FY2014-FY2018.
The Older Americans Act established the United States Administration on Aging (AoA) as well as state aging agencies that provide a comprehensive network of community based services for older adults that allow them to live meaningful lives in their homes and communities. The Act is comprised of seven titles that are primarily funded by the AoA except for Title V, a senior employment opportunity program, funded by the Department of Labor. Included in the OAA is the long-term care ombudsman program, nutrition services, grants for Native Americans, support services for caregivers, employment opportunities for older adults, elder abuse prevention programs and transportation assistance.
If you’d like to learn more about the Older Americans Act and the bill to reauthorize it please visit:
The National Council on Aging
AARP Policy Institute
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities