Starting in 1950, we’ve walked beside generations of Americans. Perhaps you didn’t see us. But we were there—quietly making life better as we age. 

We were the first national voice for older adults. We helped end mandatory retirement. We secured Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act.

We fortified the local organizations that serve older adults every day. And we built digital tools that arm older adults with knowledge.

The timelines below offer a glimpse into our history and accomplishments.

Collaborative Leadership timeline

Innovative Services timeline

Advocacy timeline

Economic Security timeline

Healthy Aging timeline

Senior Centers Timeline