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COMPREHENSIVE OLDER AMERICANS SERVICES AMENDMENTS OF 1973 AND RELATED PROGRAMS

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 1975

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION

OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR,

Washington, D.C.

The subcommittee met at 10:15 a.m., pursuant to call, in room 2175, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. John Brademas (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Representatives Perkins, Meeds, Chisholm, Lehman, Cornell, Beard, Zeferetti, Miller, and Jeffords.

Staff members present: Jack G. Duncan, counsel to the subcommittee; Robert Agee, staff assistant; and Charles W. Radcliffe, minority counsel.

[Text of Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended.]

(1)

PART I

OLDER AMERICANS ACT OF 1965,

AS AMENDED

(42 U.S. Code, § 3001, Et. Seq.)

Public Law 89-73 (July 14, 1965), as amended by
Public Law 90-42 (July 1, 1967),1

Public Law 91-69 (September 17, 1969),2

Public Law 92-258 (March 22, 1972),3

Public Law 93-29 (May 3, 1973), and

Public Law 93-351 (July 12, 1974)5

An Act

To provide assistance in the development of new or improved programs. to help older persons through grants to the States for community planning and services and for training, through research, development, or training project grants, and to establish within the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare an operating agency to be designated as the "Administration on Aging".

1 Hereinafter referred to as the "1967 Amendments”. 2 Hereinafter referred to as the "1969 Amendments" 3 Hereinafter referred to as the "1972 Amendments". 4 Hereinafter referred to as the “1973 Amendments”. 5 Hereinafter referred to as the "1974 Amendments".

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the "Older Americans Act of 1965".

TITLE I-DECLARATION OF OBJECTIVES:

DEFINITIONS

DECLARATION OF OBJECTIVES FOR OLDER AMERICANS

SEC. 101. The Congress hereby finds and declares that, in keeping with the traditional American concept of the inherent dignity of the individual in our democratic society, the older people of our Nation are entitled to, and it is the joint and several duty and responsibility of the governments of the United States and of the several States and their political subdivisions to assist our older people to secure equal opportunity to the full and free enjoyment of the following objectives:

(1) An adequate income in retirement in accordance with the American standard of living.

(2) The best possible physical and mental health which science can make available and without regard to economic status.

(3) Suitable housing, independently selected, designed and located with reference to special needs and available at costs which older citizens can afford.

(4) Full restorative services for those who require institutional care. (5) Opportunity for employment with no discriminatory personnel practices because of age.

(6) Retirement in health, honor, dignity- after years of contribution to the economy.

(7) Pursuit of meaningful activity within the widest range of civic, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

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(8) Efficient community services, including access to low-cost transportation, which provide social assistance in a coordinated manner. and which are readily available when needed.

(9) Immediate benefit from proven research knowledge which can sustain and improve health and happiness.

6 The 1973 Amendments, sec. 102 inserted ", including access to low-cost transportation,”.

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