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  • Administration on Aging

    The Administration on Aging (AoA) is a government program overseen by the Administration for Community Living.  The program was funded to meet the growing numbers of older persons in the United States under President Lyndon Johnson in 1965.

    The AoA funds programs to help support and maintain the independence and dignity of older adults in their homes and communities.  Funding is also available to programs that support family caregivers. 

    For more than 35 years, the AoA has helped millions of older persons by providing home and community-based services.  Some of the programs they offer include:

    —Home-delivered meals

    —Nutrition services in congregate settings

    —Transportation

    —Adult day care

    —Legal assistance

    —Health promotion, prevention, and wellness

    —Home and community based long-term care

    The organization also has a presence in long-term care facilities.  An AoA Ombudsmen helps monitor care and conditions and provides and advocates on behalf of those unable to speak for themselves.

    The website for the AoA is located at www.aoa.gov and offers resources for elders and their families as well as information on aging statistics. Program information for home and community based care, health, prevention, wellness, and special projects can also be found on their website. 

    Grant opportunities also exist under the Administration for Community Living for organizations that can help support ACL or other federal agencies in carrying out their missions.  Programs are analyzed and evaluated by the AoA to ensure that they are meeting the needs of the elderly and providing positive outcomes to participants.

    We invite students of our human services degree program or anyone looking for information about elder care or resources to help identify programs that can help the elderly to explore www.aoa.gov.  A large amount of information and resources is available to help everyone learn more about the services and programs available to the elderly and their family caregivers.  

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