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ElderLaw News is a weekly e-newsletter that brings you reports of legal developments and other trends of vital interest to seniors and their advocates. This newsletter is brought to you by The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm, P.C., William S. Fralin, Esq., President., William S. Fralin, Esq., President.

Focusing on Older Americans: An Introduction to the Older Americans Act

In 1965, the Older Americans Act was passed to promote community service programs for seniors.

Considered to be the major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social services for seniors, the Older Americans Act was last reauthorized in 2006 and expired at the end of fiscal year 2011.

The support for the Older Americans Act has diminished as a result of funding concerns necessary to provide services to an increasing older population. On January 20, 2015 Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee introduced a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965. The bill, in addition to other things, would provide additional funding to assist our older Americans.

The Older Americans Act of 1965 consists of seven titles. Perhaps the two most important titles to our clients are Title III, which provides grants for States and Community Programs on Aging, thus promoting supportive services such as case management, senior center services, transportation programs, home delivery and congregate meal programs, in-home services, family caregiver support, and health promotion and disease prevention services, and Title V, which authorizes a program to provide support for part-time employment for select individuals 55 and over.

The introduction of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2015 focuses on many initiatives. The current bill not only promotes the modernization of facilities for seniors, but also focuses on the delivery of evidence-based programs and an increase in protection of vulnerable persons. Another significant change in the current bill includes an amendment to the funding formula, whereby funding would be based on fiscal year changes in the number of a state’s population of individuals aged 60 and older relative to all states.

Not only has funding for the Older Americans Act not kept up with inflation and demand, but budget cuts have also depleted necessary funds and limited service availability to those in need. As the baby boomer population ages, services for older Americans will increase in necessity. In preparation for such increased need in services, it is important to ensure that programs are in place to promote the health, safety, security, and independence of our older population. The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm, P.C. will continue to monitor the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act and analyze its impact on our clients.


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