This week, as we celebrate Presidents’ Day, we’d like to take a moment to remember President, Lyndon B. Johnson and the impact he had on older Americans.
In order to meet the needs of a diverse and growing population of seniors, Johnson signed the Older Americans Act (OAA) into law in 1965. The OAA established a federal agency, the Administration on Aging (now the Administration for Community Living), to focus on all issues surrounding older Americans including nutrition programs, adult day care services, and legal and transportation assistance.
In the same year, Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, establishing health insurance programs for the poor and elderly, and nursing home care for seniors and people with disabilities.
For his critical role in creating and advancing these landmark programs that help older Americans, AARP has named President Johnson a Champion of Aging.
To learn more about Johnson’s impact on older Americans, click here.