The Administration on Aging (AoA) is an agency that works on behalf of older Americans, ensuring that they can live in an independent manner in their communities. It operates under the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
The AoA works mostly by awarding grants to States, Native American tribal organizations, and other local communities to support programs that can assist the elderly with independent living. Most of these grants are authorized by the Congress in the Older Americans Act, while other discretionary grants are awarded to research organizations that are geared toward the goal of senior independent living rights and support. The AoA also puts on activities that are aimed to help support analysis, evaluation, and research of programs that can meet any specific needs of the elderly.
What kind of programs does the AoA offer?
For years, the AoA has provided home and community-based services to millions of elderly Americans, including transportation, adult day care, caregiver supports, and health promotion programs. These programs also fall under the categories of:
- The Older Americans Act (OAA) and the Aging Network
- Home & Community Based Long-Term Care
- Health, Prevention, & Wellness Programs
- Elder Rights Protection
- Special Projects
- Tools & Resources
Why is this important?
In the United States alone, the population of people ages 65 and older totaled to over 44.7 million in 2013. That is an estimated average of 1 in 7 Americans, and adds up to 14.1% of the entire US population. Because of the vast numbers of this age group, organizations like the AoA make it their mission to cater to these people and help them live the latter part of their lifetime in the most independent, fulfilling, and operative way possible. To view more aging statistics or program results, visit the AoA website at aoa.acl.gov.