Title III of the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965 as amended calls for a range of programs offering services and opportunities for older Americans, especially those at risk of losing their independence. There are expectations within the OAA to provide opportunities to enable older South Dakotans and adults with disabilities to live independent, meaningful, and dignified lives. The OAA focuses on improving the lives of older people in areas of income, housing, health, employment, retirement, and community services. Programs and services are offered through the Division of Adult Services and Aging for this purpose.
The OAA also requires that an Advisory Council on Aging be established. Members of the Advisory Council on Aging are appointed by the Governor of South Dakota and meet at least two times annually. The Governor may appoint as many members as he deems necessary to accomplish the goals of the Council. A majority of the membership of the Council consists of actual or potential consumers of services under the Older Americans Act. The Advisory Council on Aging has the following functions: