Older Americans Act Services
The Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA) was enacted to improve the lives of America's older individuals in relation to income, health, housing, employment, long-term care, retirement, and community service. The underlying purpose is to enhance the ability of older individuals to maintain as much independence as possible and to remain in their own homes and communities. Federal funds are allocated to states on an annual basis to provide services to older individuals.
- Congregate Meals, Provides nutritional meals in a group setting
- Escort Shopping Assistance, Provides personally assistance to help
people with physical or cognitive difficulties to obtain services outside
the home environment
- Family Caregiver Support Program, Provides support services to informal
caregivers and older adults caring for children 18 and younger
- Health Maintenance, Provides monitoring and screening services for early
detection of health issues, and also provides health education, referral
- Home Delivered Meals, Provides homebound individuals who are unable to
prepare an adequate meal with a nutritious meal
- Legal Assistance, Provides legal advice and representation by an attorney
to older individuals with economic or social needs
- Outreach - Includes interventions by an agency or organization for the purpose of identifying potential clients and encouraging their use of existing services and benefits
- Transportation, Provides a method of travel from one specific location
to another specific location to access essential community services
- Senior Companion Services, A service that offers periodic companionship
and non-medial support by volunteers (who may receive a stipend) to adults
with special needs
Older Americans Act Services are available to individuals who are age 60 and older. There is no means test. Individuals must be given the opportunity to contribute to the cost of the service; however, no one can be denied service due to inability or unwillingness to contribute.
To learn about Older Americans Act Services in your area, go to the ND Aging & Disability Resource-LINK website, call toll-free 1-855-GO2LINK (1-855-462-5465), or send an e-mail for more information and assistance.
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