The Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA) was enacted to improve the lives of America's older individuals in relation to income, health, housing, employment, long-term care, retirement, and community service. It was the first federal level initiative aimed at providing comprehensive services for older adults. It created the National Aging Network comprising of the Administration on Aging on the federal level, State Units on Aging (West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services), and Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) at the local level.
The underlying purpose is to enhance the ability of older individuals to
maintain as much independence as possible and to remain in their own homes and
Funding is based primarily on the percentage of an area's population sixty (60) and older, minority, and low income for federal nutrition, and supportive home and community-based services. Programs also include disease prevention/health promotion
services, elder rights programs, the National Family Caregiver Support Program, and
the Native American Caregiver Support Program
OAA Title III services are available to individuals who are age sixty (60) or older.
Title III-E services are available to caregivers of any age caring for individuals that are at - risk or frail or for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and for grandparents fifty-five (55) or older raising their grand children (the service for grandparents raising grandchildren is provided only by Mission WV under contract (NGA).
Individuals must be given the opportunity to contribute to the
cost of the service; however, no one can be denied service due to inability or unwillingness to