Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Older Americans Month and the LGBT Family

An LGBT-inclusive Older Americans Act. Every five years, Congress must reauthorize the Act. This year’s reauthorization presents an opportunity to address the unique needs and concerns of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) older adults. This year’s reauthorization could make lasting changes that would ensure that LGBT seniors are able to access the resources and services that they need.

By Alicia Sellon

May marks Older Americans Month.  The designation is intended to honor and recognize older Americans for the contributions they make to our families, communities and society.  I would like to recognize the importance of legislation that will affect all of us as we age. 
First passed in 1965, the Older Americans Act (OAA) established the U.S. Administration on Aging and state units on aging, as well as area agencies on aging.  The goal was to address the social service needs of older Americans.  The OAA is the chief legislation supporting the delivery of social services to older adults.  Its goal is to help seniors stay healthy and independent. 

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