Calls for Overdue Investments in Senior Services
Arlington, VA – Today, President Barack Obama signed into law the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization of 2015, after it passed both chambers of Congress with unanimous support. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) applauds the reauthorization and calls for greater investments to make the OAA’s provisions a reality for U.S. seniors.
“Congress has reiterated its historic bipartisan support of the OAA and the aging services network that assists and empowers our nation’s seniors,” said Howard Bedlin, NCOA Vice President for Policy and Advocacy. “Now, we need the same bipartisan support of long overdue investments to ensure that this important legislation can meet the needs of our rapidly growing and diverse older adult population.”
The OAA funds critical services that keep our nation’s seniors healthy and independent in their own homes and communities. This OAA reauthorization, while modest, strengthens and clarifies a number of key programs, including a number of NCOA priorities that:
- Offer new support for modernizing multipurpose senior centers
- Highlight the importance of addressing economic needs
- Permanently require that health promotion and disease prevention initiatives be evidence-based
- Promote chronic disease self-management and falls prevention
The legislation also includes stronger elder justice and legal services provisions; needed clarity for caregiver support and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs); and new opportunities for intergenerational shared sites.
NCOA appreciates the leadership of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee for their bipartisan efforts throughout the OAA reauthorization process.
Learn more about the Older Americans Act at ncoa.org/OAA.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.