President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act (OAA) into law in July 1965.
Over the past 50 years, the Act has provided a national network of aging services and funding that helps older adults to live and thrive in communities of their choice for as long as possible. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, preventive health services, transportation, job training, elder abuse prevention, and so much more. This milestone anniversary is a time to celebrate the ways the OAA has impacted the lives of older adults and their families across the nation. But it also provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of OAA-funded programs, inclusive community living, and healthy aging.
Meals on Wheels for WNY receives partially funding through the OAA, enabling us to provide food and friendship to our most vulnerable neighbors – homebound seniors who are unable to safely shop for and prepare meals on their own. Our services give our elders the benefit of choice – with many of them choosing to remain independent at home, with their memories of their loved ones and lives well lived.
Thank you OAA for helping us help them! #WeAreOAA