The Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965 (Pub L No. 89–73) establishes the federal government's responsibility to help older people remain in their homes and communities as long as possible. Its objectives are to support the successful aging of older Americans through policies that address their financial, health, housing, retirement, and community service needs. The OAA provides limited funding to states to implement programs and services that address these issues. It also funds research, training, and demonstration projects to increase system capacity to serve the United States' rapidly growing and culturally diverse older population. The OAA established the Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Department of Health and Human Services as the federal agency to administer the act.

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