Congress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1965 in response to concern by policymakers about a lack of community social services for older persons. The original legislation established authority for grants to states for community planning and social services, research and development projects, and personnel training in the field of aging. The law also established the Administration on Aging (AoA) to administer the newly created grant programs and to serve as the federal focal point on matters concerning older persons.
Although older individuals may receive services under many other federal programs, today the OAA is considered to be a major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services to this group and their caregivers. It authorizes a wide array of service programs through a national network of 56 state agencies on aging, 618 area agencies on aging, nearly 20,000 service providers, 281 Tribal organizations, and 1 Native Hawaiian organization representing 400 Tribes.
This workshop will provide an overview of the tribal carve-out within the OAA through its two key provisions, Title III and Title VI.
Presenter: Leonard Geshick (Ojibwe/Diné), Indian Elders Coordinator with the Minnesota Board on Aging (State Unit on Aging) will lead a webinar on the Older Americans Act and Indian Country.