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Older Americans Act reauthorized, updated.

The recent renewal of the federal Older Americans Act will lead to increases in federal, state and local coordination and support for consumer choice when it comes to long-term care, according to supporters.

Signed into law by President Bush in October, the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2006 provides a five-year reauthorization of the law. The law will strengthen health and nutrition programs for the elderly, reform employer-based training for older Americans and create a National Center on Senior Benefits Outreach and Enrollment to help ensure lower-income seniors don't fall through the cracks.

Established in the 1960s to govern social services for seniors, the Older Americans Act is the umbrella for programs such as Meals on Wheels and oversees grants to senior centers, elder rights protection agencies, family caregiver support organizations and many other programs. APHA was one of many groups supporting more funding for Older Americans Act programs.

The National Council on Aging praised the amendments to the law, which did include some funding increases, calling the legislation "a solid foundation for strengthening the health, independence and continuing contribution of our nation's seniors."
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Title Annotation:NATION IN BRIEF
Author:Arias, Donya C.
Publication:The Nation's Health
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2006
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