Program Name: Older Americans Act Programs (OAA)
Organization: Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA)
Address: One Natural Resources Way

Suite 100

Springfield, IL 62702

Phone: Senior HelpLine: 1-800-252-8966
Fax: N/A
TDD: 1-888-206-1327 or Dial Illinois Relay at 711
Application Deadline: N/A
Program Start Date: Year-round
Program End Date: Year-round
Application Guidelines:
OAA programs and services are coordinated on a regional level by organizations called Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) that are contracted with IDoA and funded by the state and federal governments to plan and coordinate services for older adults in each respective area of the State. AAAs contract directly with community-based providers to deliver services to older adults age 60+ with the greatest economic and social needs. To find your local AAA, use the map here.
Briefly Describe the Purpose of the Program
Congress passed the Older Americans Act in 1965 in response to concern by policymakers about a lack of community social services for older persons. OAA programs develop or enhance comprehensive and coordinated community-based systems resulting in a continuum of person-centered services to older persons and family caregivers, with special emphasis on older individuals with the greatest economic and social needs.

Services include nutrition programs (e.g. home delivered meals, congregate dining sites, nutrition education, and nutrition counseling); family caregiver supports and services (e.g. respite care, caregiver assessments, case management, information and assistance, counseling, support groups); supportive services (e.g. homemaker and home health aides, chore maintenance, in-home respite care, minor home modification, access services, legal services, and multi-purpose senior centers); and evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion services (e.g. programs that improve health and well-being and/or reduce risk of injury, disease, or disability among older adults).

Year Program Established: 1965
Eligibility Requirements or Restrictions
OAA programs and services are targeted to older adults age 60+ with the greatest economic and social needs, and their family caregivers.
Funding Cap Per Application or Fiscal Year Program Funding: N/A
How Must Funds Be Used:
IDoA provides funding to AAAs to plan and coordinate services and contract with community-based service providers to deliver programs and services to older adults and family caregivers in each respective area of the State.