Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Administration on Aging

  • Diane L. Munson
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_20

In 1965, the US Congress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA) (PL. 89–73) in response to a lack of community social services for older persons. The legislation established and granted the Administration on Aging authority for administering grants to States for community planning and social services, research and development projects, and personnel training in the field of aging. The Administration on Aging (AoA) serves as the federal focal point on matters concerning older persons and implements the new provisions contained in the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2006. Currently, the AoA is one of the nation’s largest home and community care programs for the elderly and their caregivers.

AoA is an Operating Division of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), reporting to the Assistant Secretary and assisting HHS in all matters pertaining to opportunities and challenges for elderly. Nine regional offices located across the USA provide support to the AoA’s mission “to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diane L. Munson
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  1. 1.The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego HospiceSan DiegoUSA