Every July brings up the Anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA).
This federal level initiative set out to establish comprehensive services for senior citizens.
Originally signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 14, 1965, the OAA created the National Aging Network comprised of the Administration on Aging on the federal level, State Units on Aging at the state level and Area Agencies on Aging at the local level. To this day, the OAA continues to support essential services for older adults across the country based primarily on the percentage of an area’s population aged 60 and older.
For FY 2021, under Title III of the OAA, for State & Community Programs on Aging, the State of California was awarded a distribution $40,399,387 for Supportive Services. For Contra Costa Senior Legal Services, our agency is a beneficiary of some funding through this act from our local Area Agency on Aging. We are so grateful for the support.
See the impact of the OAA over a five year period here.