Older Americans Act: Overview and Funding

The Older Americans Act (OAA) supports a wide range of social services and programs for
individuals aged 60 years or older. These include supportive services, congregate nutrition
services (i.e., meals served at group sites such as senior centers, community centers, schools,
churches, or senior housing complexes), home-delivered nutrition services, family caregiver
support, community service employment, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, and
services to prevent the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older persons. Except for Title V,
Community Service Employment for Older Americans (CSEOA), all programs are administered
by the Administration on Aging (AOA) in the Administration for Community Living (ACL)
within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Title V is administered by the
Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Employment and Training Administration.

The OAA has been reauthorized and amended numerous times since it was first enacted in 1965.
In the 114th Congress, both the House and the Senate considered bipartisan legislation that would
reauthorize the OAA for a three-year period.

The following provides an overview of the Older Americans Act. It briefly describes the act’s
titles, highlighting selected provisions followed by FY2018 appropriations and a funding history.