The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has announced that the U.S. Administration on Aging has approved Pennsylvania’s 2012-2016 State Plan on Aging.
At least every four years, the Administration on Aging requires that Pennsylvania submit a new State Plan on Aging which outlines the State’s goals and objectives. In preparing its plan for the next four years, the Department of Aging held public hearings and solicited written comments to obtain public input. The State Plan is required for Pennsylvania to receive federal funds under the Older Americans Act (OAA).
Signed into law along with Medicare and Medicaid by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, the OAA provides funds to States to support programs and services specifically focused on helping older individuals remain healthy, independent and safe. Perhaps best known are the "Meals on Wheels" and "Senior Center" programs, but the support is much broader. The OAA must be periodically reauthorized. Comprehensive legislation was introduced on September 19, 2012 in the United States Senate to reauthorize and expand the OAA.
According to Brian Duke, Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging, the Pennsylvania State Plan clearly sets out the Department’s strategic direction as it attempts to meet the challenges and pursue the opportunities before us.
A copy of the plan can be accessed by going to: www.aging.state.pa.us
For More Information on the Older Americans Act:
National Council on Aging: Older Americans Act
Senators Introduce Older Americans Act Reauthorization