Older Americans Act Law and Legal Definition

The Older Americans Act (“Act”) is a U.S. federal legislation enacted in 1965. It is the primary federal initiative that focuses on providing comprehensive services for older adults. The Act provides for a range of programs that offer services and opportunities for older Americans, especially those at risk of losing their independence.

The Administration on Aging (AoA) was established pursuant to the Act. The AoA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is headed by the Assistant Secretary for Aging in the Department.

In 2006 the congress reauthorized the act in its entirety.