Through the Older Americans Act, the Administration on Aging (AoA) was established. AoA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is headed by the Assistant Secretary for Aging.
AoA is the federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons. In this role, AoA works to heighten awareness among other federal agencies, organizations, groups and the public about the valuable contributions older Americans made to the nation and alerts them to the needs of vulnerable, older people.
AoA works closely with its nationwide network of regional offices and state and area agencies on aging to plan, coordinate and develop community-level systems of services. AoA administers key programs at the federal level mandated under various titles of the Older Americans Act.