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Area Agencies on Aging - Creating An Aaa, Function And Responsibility Of An Aaa, The Planning Process, Accessing Services

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In 1965, when the Older Americans Act (OAA) was passed, all aging program allocations went from the State Unit on Aging (SUA) in each state directly to service providers. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, social movements precipitated a move towards community-based planning for government-funded programs. The result of this shift was that local decision-making occurred at the regional, rather than state or national, level. Thus, in 1973, the OAA was reauthorized, creating the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). An Area Agency on Aging is a public or private agency designated by a state to address the needs and concerns of all older Americans at the local level. This regional approach provides everyone with an opportunity to participate in the planning of services for older adults in their community.

The OAA also established the Native American Aging Programs, known as Title VI. Through these programs, funds are provided to a tribal organization, which serves the same function for the American Indians, Aleuts, Eskimos, and Hawaiians as the AAA provides to the states.

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