Administration on Aging
In response to the growing number of older people and their diverse needs, the Older Americans Act calls for a wide range of programs that offer services and opportunities for older Americans especially those at risk of losing their independence. First passed in 1965, the Act established the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which is headed by the department’s assistant secretary for aging.
AoA is the federal focal point and advocacy agency for older people and their concerns. In this role, AoA works to:
- Heighten awareness about the valuable contributions of older Americans.
- Create awareness about the needs of vulnerable older people.
- Educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available.
AoA works closely with its nationwide network of regional offices, state units on aging, and area agencies on aging to plan, coordinate, and develop community-based systems of services that meet the unique needs of individuals in each service area. The Administration on Aging collaborates wherever possible with other federal agencies, national organizations, and businesses to ensure that resources are targeted to the elderly and coordinated with those of the network on aging.
AoA administers key programs at the federal level that are mandated under various titles of the Older Americans Act. These programs help vulnerable older people remain in their own homes through the delivery of supportive services. Other programs offer opportunities for older Americans to enhance their health and to be active contributors to their families, community, and nation through employment and volunteer programs.
Nebraska is located within AoA’s Region VII. The regional administrative office is located in Kansas City, Missouri.
Did You Know?
The aging network under the Administration on Aging includes 10 regional offices, 57 state units on aging, 650 area agencies on aging, more than 15,000 citizen advisory council members, over 15,000 senior centers, and more than 20,000 providers of home and community services.