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The Administration on Aging

The Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is one of the Nation's largest providers of home- and community-based care for older persons and their caregivers. AoA was created in 1965 with the passage of the Older Americans Act (OAA) and is the federal focal point and advocacy agency for older persons and administers most OAA programs at the federal level.

The mission of AoA is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities. AoA is a leading partner of the National Aging Network (the Network), which consists of 56 State Units on Aging, 629 Area Agencies on Aging, 244 Tribal and Native organizations, 20,000 service providers, and thousands of volunteers.

OAA programs provide assistance to older persons and their caregivers, as well as critical support services, such as nutrition and transportation, for older persons at risk of being prematurely or unnecessarily institutionalized. AoA also administers programs that protect the rights of vulnerable and at-risk older individuals and educates them and their communities about the dangers of elder abuse and consumer fraud. Other OAA programs offer older persons opportunities to enhance their health and serve their communities through employment and volunteer programs. Visit the AoA website to learn more about the agency and its programs.



Last Modified: 10/14/2010 11:13:51 AM