Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, the OAA is considered one of the most important contributions of aging legislation ever enacted by Congress. For 40 years OAA funds have provided programs and services specifically focused on helping older individuals remain healthy, independent and safe.
There are a wide range of community-based services and opportunities provided under the OAA including transportation services, in-home supportive services and home health care, homemaker and chore services, nutrition education, exercise and physical fitness, residential repair, employment programs, respite care, crime prevention and many others.
Services are available to anyone aged 60 and over regardless of income. But the OAA targets older individuals with the greatest economic and social need, focusing particularly on low-income minority older individuals and rural elders.
When enacted, the OAA established the Administration on Aging (AoA) within the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and called for the creation of State Units on Aging. The Department of Human Services was designated the State Unit on Aging in Oregon.
Using OAA funds, DHS plans and develops programs and services targeted to older Oregonians, and is responsible for their implementation in the community. Grants are also used for research, demonstration and training projects in the field of aging.
Administration of the programs is managed locally through the Area Agencies on Aging. The AAAs administer and adapt the programs, as approved by the State, to meet local needs and resource levels.
At least every four years, the Administration on Aging requires DHS to submit a new State Plan on Aging outlining Oregon's goals and objectives. DHS accomplishes this by working with an advisory committee made up of representatives around the State and by conducting public hearings to provide an opportunity for the general public to comment on proposed new plans
An advisory committee made up of representatives from around the State is working with DHS to identify key issues affecting or expected to affect older Oregonians. The committee has developed over 100 draft goals, objectives and strategies to continue to meet the needs of Oregon's fast growing older population.
2009-2013 State Plan on Aging
Seniors and People with Disabilities is requesting public comment on the 2009-2013 State Plan on Aging. A Public Hearing on the State Plan on Aging will be held on September 18, 2009. Deadline for comments is September 21, 2009. Please see the Public Hearing Notice for details about how to submit comments.
Manager, State Unit on Aging
DHS/Seniors & People with Disabilities
676 Church Street NE
Salem OR 97301-1076