The Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA) provides support for a range of programs that offer services and opportunities for older Americans, especially those at risk of losing their independence.
Title III of the OAA is the foundation of Ohio`s aging network. It authorizes funding to states and the Area Agencies on Aging for planning, developing and coordinating systems of home and community-based services.
In southwestern Ohio, Council on Aging uses Title III funds to advocate for older adults and help them remain within their own homes and communities. Money goes to senior centers and service organizations that provide services such as transporation, congregate meals, caregiver support, legal help, and wellness education. COA also leverages Title III dollars with state funds and county tax levies to provide home care services to seniors who are not eligible for PASSPORT (Medicaid).
Title III consists of:
- Part B: Social services – in-home services, transportation, senior center programming, information/referral, ombudsman, and legal assistance
- Part C1: Congregate meals
- Part C2: Home-delivered meals
- Part D: Disease prevention and health promotion programs; medication management
- Part E: National Family Caregiver Support Program – adult day services, in-home respite, caregiver education and support
- Elder Abuse and VII: Ombudsman program funding
- Nutrition Services Incentive Program (USDA): Not officially part of the OAA, but administered by the Administration on Aging; congregate and home-delivered meals
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