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National Programs for Older Adults Have Major Impact
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, the landmark federal legislation signed into law by President Johnson in 1965.
That year, a local gathering of gerontologists, social workers, academicians, regional planners, health and economic specialists, faith-based groups, governmental agencies and non-profit social service groups came together to discuss the needs of older adults in our community.
Their vision led to the start of your council on aging. Established in 1967, Pima Council on Aging opened its doors in a tiny office downtown, and in 1973, the Pima Association of Governments designated PCOA as the Area Agency on Aging. PCOA was the first agency on aging in the state and also served as a model for the national AAA network.