“Established in 1965, AoA is the principal federal agency responsible for programs authorized under the Older Americans Act of 1965. AoA and its nine regional offices are the focal point for the aging network, which includes, in addition to AoA, the State Units on Aging (SUAs) and the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). AoA serves as an advocate for older persons at the national level, advises Congress and federal agencies on the characteristics and needs of older people, and develops programs designed to promote the welfare of the aging. AoA provides advice, funding, and assistance to achieve state administered, community-based systems of comprehensive social services for older people. The Eldercare Locator, a way to find community assistance for seniors, is a public service of the AOA.”

AARP (2004). Acronyms in aging: Organizations, agencies, programs, and laws. AARP Research Information Center. 2004: p. 9. AoA U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Management and Policy 330 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 (202) 619-0724 (202) 260-1012 (FAX) Web site: