Legislation on the Elderly in the United States

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Legislation On The Elderly In The United States

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The Older American Act of 1965 was signed into law on July 14, 1965. This act established the Administration on Aging within the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and called for the creation of State Units on Aging. This act was considered one of the most important contributions on aging legislation enacted by congress. This report is a review of legislation regarding Older American Act.


Introduction on the history of Legislation on the Elderly ……………………………………2
Background Early Acts Enacted to meet the needs of the Elderly……………………………2 Early Acts Enacted leading up to OAA of 1965 …………………………………………..3 Review of Older American Act…….. ………………………………………………………4
Older American Title Review…………..…………………………………………………….5
Strength and Weakness of Older American Act……………………………………………..14
Conclusion … ………………………………………………………………………………16

The new deal program of the 1930’s was enacted by congress to address economic issues during the Great Depression. The Social Security Act of 1935 was a response to criticism for the lack of aid to retired workers age 65 and older and who no longer worked (justfacts.com). This law created "a system of Federal old-age benefits" (justfacts.com). The new act provided pensions, unemployment insurance to nonagricultural` workers, commerce workers, aid to the blind, deaf, disabled and dependent children. Social security provided old age assistance and old age survivors insurance. Social security payment amounts were based on payroll tax contributions. President Roosevelt named this act as “a cornerstone in a structure which is being built but it is by no means…...

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