1 in 3 older Americans is economically insecure, living one bad break away from economic crisis. The Older Americans Act (OAA) helps seniors stay healthy, find employment, and age in place—all of which saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year.
As part of NCOA’s One Away Campaign for Elder Economic Security, we collected thousands of stories of seniors who struggle to pay for basic needs like housing, food, and medication. We also shared examples of how OAA programs and the aging network improve their lives each day.
As Congress began the process to reauthorize the OAA in 2011, we also mobilized statements of support from 42 members of Congress and an array of national and local organizations to build momentum to improve and reauthorize the OAA. Capitol Hill events in September 2011 and March 2012 sponsored by Sen. Sanders (I-VT) were crucial for rallying support.