Why the Older Americans Act Matters

Every day in the U.S. 10,000 adults reach age 65 and this “silver tsunami” is only expected to accelerate. Added together, by 2030 there will be 72.1 million older adults in the U.S.

Seventy percent of these older Americans lack dental insurance and are unable to access oral healthcare because most dental benefits are not funded by Medicare or Medicaid and many older adults cannot afford to pay for care.

As we move into 2015, the country will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the 50th anniversaries of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act.

The Older Americans Act (OAA) was established in 1965 to address the lack of community social services needed by older adults. Such services include programs that provide meals, job training, senior centers, caregiver support, abuse protection, transportation, health promotion and benefits enrollment. Currently, 11 million older adults receive services from an Older American Act Program.

Though OOA has benefitted many older Americans, we are more than 4 years late in renewing it!

Read more about why the Older Americans Act matters from Forbes.