The Framework for Federal Involvement: The White House Conference on Aging and the Older Americans Act
The Older Americans Act (OAA) passed in 1965 provides a foundation for such involvement through its original mandate to serve all older Americans through a plethora of services and supports designed to help maintain the independence, security, and well-being of older adults. In 1958, legislation was introduced that asked for a White House Conference on Aging, which would bring together persons from all parts of the country to make policy recommendations that would focus on the economic security of older persons. Indicators show that it has been helping homebound elderly at risk of nursing home placement to stay at home, and it has continued to build the capacity of state agencies and Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to implement comprehensive systems of care. To improve its performance, the Administration on Aging (AOA) is focusing on improving efficiency, improving client outcomes, and further targeting services offered to the vulnerable elderly.