Public Policy Long-Term Care Update: Older Americans Act

Program funding related to the Older Americans Act hasn’t kept pace with both inflation and increased demand from a rapidly aging population, a newly released report from the AARP Public Policy Institute reveals. The report also shows funding allocations for every state. The Older Americans Act was last reauthorized for three years and will expire on September 30.

In this report, authors Kathleen Ujvari, Wendy Fox-Grage, and Ari Houser discuss new data on the Older Americans Act, which provides critical services and valuable outcomes for 11 million older adults. The Act is best known for funding congregate meals at group sites and home-delivered meals, sometimes referred to as “meals on wheels.” In spite of these nutrition programs being the largest funded programs of the Older Americans Act, the vast majority of low-income older adults who are likely to need these meals still do not receive them. At a minimum, the Act needs increased funding just to maintain current programs.