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Weber Law Offices - History of Elder Law

The Older Americans Act (OAA) was originally signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 14, 1965 (the same year Medicare was created). The signing of this law started an initiative to assist and provide for the aging in America. Not long after the OAA was signed, Department of Health and Human Services created the Administration on Aging (AOA). The OAA authorized grants to States for community planning and services programs, funding for research, and demonstration and training projects in the field of aging.

In 1972, Amendments to the OAA added the national nutrition program for the elderly. The OAA was amended in November 2000 to include the National Family Caregiver Support Program, which was intended to help hundreds of thousands of family members who are struggling to care for their older loved ones who are ill or who have disabilities. This program provides grant funding for combined services between state and local agencies for such things as counseling, support groups, respite and other community based services. These services are focused on the care of the frail and aging members of society. The program also provides services geared towards the family units of grandparents and other older relatives now in the stages of care-taking for related children eighteen years of age and under.

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