Administration on Aging
Through the Older Americans Act, the Administration on Aging (AoA) was established. AoA is a center under the Administration for Community Living (ACL) agency, which is within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACL is the federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Amercians and people with disabilities, across the lifespan.
AoA is the federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons. In this role, AoA works to heighten awareness among other federal agencies, organizations, groups and the public about the valuable contributions older Americans made to the nation and alerts them to the needs of vulnerable, older people.
AoA works closely with its nationwide network of regional offices and state and area agencies on aging to plan, coordinate and develop community-level systems of services. AoA administers key programs at the federal level mandated under various titles of the Older Americans Act.