meet the diverse needs of the growing numbers of older
persons in the United States, the Older Americans
Act of 1965 (OAA), as amended, created the primary
vehicle for organizing, coordinating and providing
community-based services and opportunities for older
Americans and their families. All individuals 60 years
of age and older are eligible for services under the
OAA, although priority attention is given to those
who are in greatest need.
The OAA established a national network of federal,
state, and local agencies to plan and provide services
that enable older adults to live independently in
their homes and community. This interconnected structure
of agencies is known as the National Aging Network.
The National Aging Network is headed by the U.S.
Administration on Aging. The network includes 56 State
Agencies on Aging, 655 Area Agencies on Aging,
243 Native American aging programs, over 29,000 service providers, and thousands
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