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Older Americans Act for Advocates

The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds critical services that keep our nation's seniors healthy and independent—services like meals, job training, senior centers, health promotion, benefits enrollment, caregiver support, transportation, and more.

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The Background and History of the Older Americans Act

Learn how OAA improves services to older Americans and review the Aging Network programs and strategies supported by the Act.

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Recent Legislative Developments in the Older Americans Act

The bipartisan, bicameral agreement on OAA reauthorization was passed March 3, 2020. Follow the path to the bill's adoption.

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Apr 12, 2021

Federal Budget Process Begins with Biden Request

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Mar 16, 2021

American Rescue Plan Improves Senior Health and Financial Security

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Feb 23, 2021

Get the Facts on Elder Abuse

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Feb 16, 2021

Understanding Federal Funding for Senior Centers

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Jan 7, 2021

House Measures Leading to the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

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Jan 6, 2021

Senate Measures Leading to the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

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Jan 4, 2021

Recent Legislative Developments in the Older Americans Act

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Dec 11, 2020

The Background and History of the Older Americans Act

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Oct 13, 2020

Congress Recesses with More Work to Be Done

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Jul 22, 2020

Congress Invests in Most Pressing Needs, But Budget Restrictions Remain

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May 20, 2020

The Heroes Act: What Is It and How Will It Provide Relief?

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Feb 4, 2020

NCOA Endorsement of Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020

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Jan 22, 2020

Aging Mastery Program® Qualifications for Older Americans Act Title III Funding

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Sep 17, 2019

House Committee Steps Up for Dignity in Aging Act

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Jun 5, 2019

The Importance of Reauthorizing the Older Americans Act

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Mar 1, 2019

NCOA Proposals: OAA Reauthorization for 2019

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May 16, 2018

The Aging Mastery Program® Is Research- and Evidence-Based

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May 10, 2018

Assessing the Effectiveness of the Aging Mastery Program®

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A group of four multi-ethnic senior women are enjoying water aerobics at a senior center.

Jun 4, 2015

Get the Facts on Senior Centers

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