With so many older people in Florida, you might have already heard about the program called “Meals on Wheels.” But did you know that the well-known home-delivered meal service is just one part of a larger program? The Older Americans Act, or OAA, is a federal law established in 1965 to assist people aged 60 and over with various needs.
Objectives of the Older Americans Act
Programs that were created under the OAA provide both home-delivered and communal meals to the American elderly population. In addition to meals, OAA programs provide:
- In-home health services
- Family caregiver support
- Protection from elderly abuse
- Job training for elderly
- Volunteer opportunities for elderly
The Administration on Aging
The Administration on Aging is the primary federal agency that is responsible for implementing the objectives of the OAA. The Administration oversees various programs that help the elderly population to live physically and financially independent lives.
Who is eligible for OAA programs?
Unlike other government assistance programs, OAA programs do not have income limits. This elder law has been created so that almost no one who is over the age of 60 can be denied a service. That means that an elderly person who may not qualify for food stamps could still benefit from free meals under the OAA.
OAA programs may help with elder abuse issues
The Administration on Aging maintains the Office of Elder Rights Protection, which was set up to provide advocacy for older people who have been abused or neglected in nursing homes. If you or someone you know has experienced elder abuse, it may be wise to contact the OAA as well as an elder law attorney.