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Older Americans Act

The Older American's Act of 1965 established the Administration on Aging, a national agency to oversee the development of services and opportunities for older people in every community across the nation.

The Administration on Aging provides funds under the Older American's Act to State Agencies on Aging to carry out this mandate. In turn, most states designate Area Agencies on Aging to further this mandate within planning and service areas across the state.

The Area Agency on Aging works to assist communities in developing a range of services and opportunities through the following activities: planning, coordinating, interagency agreements, advocating, information sharing, monitoring, and evaluating. Their efforts are directed toward developing a comprehensive and coordinated community-based service delivery system. Area Agencies on Aging, also, are responsible for ensuring access to services.

The services provided with these funds enable an older person to continue living in their home with some assistance rather than face premature residence in a long-term care facility. The services provided through funding by the Area Agency on Aging enable seniors to continue living in their homes - independently.

The Area Agency on Aging works with leaders of communities within its planning and service area to designate one or more community focal points for service and delivery. Services funded through Older Americans Act, as well as services funded through other public and private sources are coordinated through these focal points. In communities across the country, senior centers, town halls, churches and other facilities have been established as focal points to provide information and access services for older persons.

The Older Americans Act directs that special consideration be given to designating or developing multi-purpose senior centers as focal points, since such facilities house a variety of services provided by the center staff or other agency staff.

Each county within Planning and Service Area 8 has a focal point. Each of the 8 focal points are multi-purpose senior centers.

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