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U.S. Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - AoA

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330 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201

202-619-0724 (Voice)
202-401-7620 (FAX)
202-401-7575 (Voice - TDD)


The Administration on Aging (AoA), created by the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1965, is the only federal agency devoted exclusively to the concerns and potential of older Americans. Help for the elderly under the OAA is provided through programs administered by AoA, together with its 10 Regional Offices and 57 State and Territorial Units on Aging, approximately 670 Area Agencies on Aging, and Indian Tribes. AoA's primary goals, as envisioned by the Act, are to: (a) support a national network of State and Area Agencies on Aging and Indian Tribes in their efforts to reach out to older persons residing in communities across the nation; (b) develop and oversee a comprehensive and coordinated system of supportive services and opportunities to meet the social and human service needs of the elderly; (c) serve as an advocate on behalf of older people. AoA allocates funds to the State Agencies on Aging to administer and support a wide range of community-based supportive and nutrition services and other activities, including services in the home, services and opportunities in the community, access services, and services to individuals in long-term care institutions. Also, serves as an information resource to the public and professionals in aging through its Eldercare Locator toll free number, its National Aging Information Center, and its web site.

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Tue Oct 12, 2004