Senior citizens not losing Meals on Wheels

Joan Hart

Joan Hart

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JOAN HART

It is not easy being a senior citizen nowadays.  The most recent worry affects those who depend on the Meals On Wheels program for much of their daily nourishment, and the mainstream news outlets are publishing horror stories that have no basis in fact.

Let me assure you at the beginning that things are not as bad as the news commentators make it seem, and the Meals on Wheels program is not in any great danger at this time from the proposed budget cuts which were revealed last week.

I like to give the story behind the news, so let me take you back to 1965 when President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Older Americans Act (OAA), which  promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. The Act also empowers the federal government to distribute funds to the states for supportive services for individuals over the age of 60.

The Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the OAA. The OAA has a program which manages health, prevention, and wellness programs for older adults. This includes nutrition services.

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