The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds critical services that keep older adults healthy and independent—services like meals, job training, senior centers, health promotion, benefits enrollment, caregiver support, transportation, and more. Nearly five years after it expired, legislation to reauthorize the Act was passed by Congress with unanimous, bipartisan support. (6) An older adult has the right to legal counsel when the agency petitions the court for emergency or other orders to provide protective services without the older adult’s consent. The act provides that if an older adult is unable to provide for counsel, counsel shall be appointed by the court.
GoalImprove the health, function, and quality of life of older adults.OverviewAs Americans live longer, growth in the number of older adults is unprecedented. In 2014, 14.5% (46.3 million) of the US population was aged 65 or older and is projected to reach 23.5% (98 million) by 2060.1Aging adults experience higher risk of chronic disease. In 2012, 60% of older adults managed 2. The Older Adult Services Act (P.A. 093-1031) is legislation that supports older adults who wish to stay in their homes by restructuring the delivery of services to include home-based services as well as institutional care. The law calls for restructuring all aspects of service, including the provision of housing, health, financial and supportive services for older people.
The Older Adults Protective Services Act (OAPSA), which was amended by Act 13 of 1997, mandates reporting requirements on suspected abuse. Any employee or administrator of a facility who suspects abuse is mandated to report the abuse. All reports of abuse should be reported to the local area agency on aging (AAA) and licensing agencies. (320 ILCS 42/10) Sec. 10. Definitions. In this Act: "Advisory Committee" means the Older Adult Services Advisory Committee. "Certified nursing home" means any nursing home licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act, the ID/DD Community Care Act, or the MC/DD Act and certified under Title XIX of the Social Security Act to participate as a vendor in the medical assistance program under Article V.