What is the Older Americans Act (OAA) and What Does it Do?

by Derrick on April 6, 2009

The Older Americans Act (OAA) was passed by Congress in 1965 as a response to policymaker concerns about the lack of services for older adults. The original act gave authority for grants to States for community planning, social services, research and development projects, and training on aging related issues. The act established the Administration on Aging (AoA) to administer the grant programs and to serve as the federal agency to oversee matters that pertain to older adults.

The OAA is now viewed as the primary vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services to seniors and caregivers. The Act authorizes a wide array of service programs through a network of State Units on Aging, 655 Area Agencies on Aging, 244 Tribal organizations, and 2 Native Hawaiian organizations. The OAA also includes community service employment for low-income seniors; training, research, and demonstration activities related to aging; and activities on elder rights. Program and service areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Elder Justice and Elder Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • Benefits Counseling
  • Civic Engagement
  • Nutritional Services
  • Healthy Aging
  • Evidence-Based Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Caregiving

Access the text of the entire Older Americans Act, including amendments, by clicking here.

Terri October 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I worked 31 years in the same place. My mother became and then passed away. I became depressed, verry depressed. Someone decided
they wanted me gone regardless of the fact that I was getting my work done.
I hung in there working, but they were aggravating the hooha out of me. One day I walked and said today I am retired. I feel cheated out of some of my retirement money. I have a monthly pension, but I was in a drop program that was supposed to last five years. I only made it 9 months. I was cheated out of $250,000.00 all because somebody
decided to aggravate me to death.
You can’t trust anyone.

Jeffery Manlove August 31, 2010 at 2:31 am

Lost my job 3 years ago because I patted someone on the back and hugged some else. 40 years of medical work gone in a 10 minute meeting with H. R. Not told when, where, who. Not given a verbal warning, a wright up, a talk with any suppervissor just a boot. A management that did not like me and they found a kink in my armor. Spent a year looking for work, lost my condo, my retirement going fast. Moved home with sister and mother. I became my mothers caregiver. She had liver cancer amoung other things. Committed to her care I used the rest of my money. Just got state insurance and food stamps. My mother past away the end of August. I have no money. I need to go back to work. At the age of 60 it doesn’t look good. I was a Bio Medical Technician at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Campus. I did so many different things for them and no loyalty to me. Need help. JM

Lydia Cyrkin July 22, 2010 at 1:19 am

I am a 55 years old and am living in Show Low AZ. I have been looking for work for three months, and have worked in three different locations, but each one there was not enough work for me to continue. I am currently going to school for my BA in Culinary Management, but have no income. I need a job, or assistance to get back to Scottsdale to find work. I need help……please I would love to work…..I have no money….and will be homeless in one month…

carole travers April 4, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I tried to go to school to learn medical billing and coding. I didn’t realize that I would lose my unemployment. I had to quit school because I didn’t have the money for food, gas, medication. I had a grant for the cost of school but what good does it do if you don’t have money to live on.
There is a demand for medical billing and it pays well. I would have been able to get caught up with all my bills, and not be a burden on the state. What is wrong with the government, they tell you to go to school but put up road blocks when you try.

JERRY December 21, 2009 at 4:17 pm


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