Federal Older Americans Act (OAA) Program

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The federal Older Americans Act (OAA) provides assistance in the development of new or improved programs to help older persons by awarding grants to the states for community planning and services. OAA Title III, Title V, and Title VII allotments to the states are based on a statutory formula based on a state’s population and prior funding history.

Florida’s OAA Title III funds are allocated by formula to the 11 Area Agencies on Aging, which in turn contract with local service providers to deliver the services described on the following pages to eligible individuals age 60 and older and their caregivers.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), funded under Title V of the OAA, contracts directly with local service organizations to provide unemployed low-income persons age 55 and older with work experience through participation in a community service assignment, training, and assistance with finding unsubsidized employment.

OAA Title VII funding supports programs and services to protect elders from abuse and provide public education, training, and information regarding elder abuse prevention. The Department administers OAA Title VII elder abuse prevention programs through contracts with Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers.

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Title III B: Supportive Services

Provides supportive services, such as adult daycare, caregiver training, and support, chore, congregate dining, home-delivered meals, homemaker services, information and referral assistance, medical transportation, nutrition education, personal care, and shopping assistance to boost the well-being of elders and to help them live independently in their home environment and the community.

Title III C1: Congregate Meals

Provides congregate meals and nutrition education in strategically located centers such as schools, churches, community centers, senior centers, and other public or private facilities where persons may receive other social and rehabilitative services.

Title III C2: Home-Delivered Meals

Provides home-delivered meals and nutrition education to homebound individuals.

Title III D: Preventive Health Services

Provides an array of periodic disease-prevention and health-promotion services at senior centers or alternative sites. Services are designed to help elders prevent or manage their health conditions and promote healthier lifestyles. Read more about this program.

Title III E: National Family Caregiver Support Program

Provides services through the National Family Caregiver Support Program to assist families caring for frail older members, and to assist grandparents or older relatives who are caregivers for children 18 and younger or for children of any age who have disabilities. Read more about this program.

Title V: Senior Community Service Employment Program

Provides services through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to low-income elders age 55 and older. Services include paid part-time work experience in community-service assignments, job training, job referral and placement in unsubsidized employment. Read more about this program.

Title VII: Elder Abuse Prevention

Provides public education, training and information services focused on the prevention of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Read more about this program.