The Older Americans Act Turns 50


This year marks an important milestone in the history of how our country supports its older citizens. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act (OAA) into law in July 1965. Over the past 50 years, the OAA has provided the nation with programs that allow millions of older Americans to continue living and thriving in the communities of their choice for as long as possible.

Through a national network of aging services and funding, the OAA offers a wide range of supports, including home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, preventive health services, transportation, job training, and elder abuse prevention.

While Missouri’s Area Agencies on Aging provide important services to older adults year-round, this anniversary offers an opportunity to emphasize how older adults can access the home- and community-based services they need to live independently in their communities. It is also an occasion to highlight how older adults are engaging with and making a difference in those communities.

The theme of this special observance is “Get into the Act.” Leading up to the OAA anniversary in July, MA4 and the Area Agencies on Aging throughout the state of Missouri will be conducting activities and providing tips on how to access programs that keep seniors healthy, informed and independent for the years to come.

Join us in commemorating this milestone anniversary and watch for event information on this website.

For a brief history of the Older Americans Act, visit this link: HISTORY OF THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT – 50 YEARS

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