The Basics

Older Americans Act of 1965: Programs and Funding
February 23, 2012


Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA


This document offers a basic description of the Older Americans Act of 1965. The Act is considered the major vehicle for promoting the delivery of social services to the aging population. The Act's seven titles and multiple programs are described, along with a chart showing fiscal year 2012 federal appropriations.

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Other Forum resources include: "The Aging Services Network: Serving a Vulnerable and Growing Elderly Population in Tough Economic Times" (Background Paper No. 83, December 13, 2011), "Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs): Federal and State Efforts to Guide Consumers Through the Long-Term Services and Supports Maze" (Background Paper No. 81, November 19, 2010), and "The Role of Ombudsmen in Assuring Quality for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities: Straining to Make Ends Meet" (Background Paper No. 71, December 2, 2009).

See also the Government Accountability Office (GAO), "Older Americans Act: More Should Be Done to Measure the Extent of Unmet Need for Services," GAO 11-237, February 2011.

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