A Blueprint for Increasing the Economic Security of Older Adults: Recommendations for the Older Americans Act
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A Blueprint for Increasing the Economic Security of Older Adults: Recommendations for the Older Americans Act

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Today, over 13 million older Americans are economically insecure, living on only $22,000 or less each year. Too often, this means choosing between paying for food, housing, utilities, or medicine.

The Older Americans Act (OAA) is the primary vehicle for delivering social, nutrition, and home and community-based services to seniors and their caregivers. It authorizes a wide array of services through a national network of 56 state units on aging, 629 area agencies on aging, and nearly 20,000 service providers.

Although most OAA services are available to all older adults, providers are required to target those in greatest social and economic need.

The OAA is due for reauthorization in 2011. This reauthorization presents a timely opportunity to address elder economic security concerns and make lasting, strategic changes to ensure that all older adults are able to access the resources they need to be economically secure.

With funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies, NCOA has developed a set of recommendations to strengthen the OAA to ensure that the aging network is operating squarely within a framework of economic security.

The blueprint advances many innovative practices and uses of an economic security framework already adopted by the network, such as through NCOA’s Economic Security Service Centers and Wider Opportunities for Women’s (WOW) Elder Economic Security Initiative.

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