Key Takeaways

  • Help NCOA make sure that needed investments are made in federal programs that serve vulnerable older Americans.

Federal budget debates over the past decade resulted in trillions in deficit reduction, of which over three-fourths were the result of spending cuts in discretionary programs such as those of the Older Americans Act (OAA), Falls Prevention, Elder Justice, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Senior Corps. With the expiration of the past decade’s budget caps, it is now time to invest in Aging Services to meet the needs of the increasing number and diversity of our nation’s aging population.

Program cuts over the past decade disproportionately affected vulnerable Americans and struggling communities. More older adults than ever need assistance and support to make ends meet, a crisis further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding for aging services programs, including those of the OAA, is a cost-effective investment. Empowering seniors to remain healthy and economically secure in their own homes and communities reduces spending on more costly entitlement programs. Every dollar provided to the aging services network also is leveraged by nearly three dollars in non-federal support.

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