Learn more about the Older Americans Act and the Aging Network programs and strategies it supports.
On July 14, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act (OAA) into law. For more than 55 years, the Aging Network established and funded by the Act has preserved the right for older Americans to live independently, with dignity, making everyday decisions according to our individual preferences and goals across our lifespan.
The Background and History
- Adminstration for Community Living, Infographics Celebrating 50 Years
- AARP Public Policy Institute, April 2014 Report
- National Health Policy Forum, OAA Basics
- National Health Policy Forum, OAA Background Paper
- National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Local Leaders in Aging and Community Living
The Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020
Several bills addressing OAA reauthorization were introduced in the 116th Congress.
- Public Law text
- Older Americans Act statute compilation, as amended
- NCOA's Feb. 28, 2019 proposals for OAA reauthorization
Learn more about the ultimate compromise legislation that was adopted by unanimous consent in the Senate on March 3, 2020, approved by the House on March 11, and signed into law on March 25.