Older Americans Act:

The National Eldercare Campaign

PEMD-94-7: Published: Feb 23, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Administration on Aging's (AoA) National Eldercare Campaign, focusing on: (1) AoA progress in implementing the Campaign; and (2) how the Campaign has affected the Aging Network.

GAO found that: (1) the National Eldercare Campaign's goals are to build coalitions among eldercare organizations to foster a nationwide commitment to action, raise public awareness and support, and encourage organizations to adopt an eldercare agenda; (2) AoA has spent most of its funds to support various components of the Campaign and a new community outreach effort; (3) AoA has established a number of activities to help participating organizations' eldercare efforts; (4) all components of the Campaign are in place and operating nationwide, but state agencies have not developed new coalitions and diversified their locations according to program guidelines; (5) 80 percent of the coalitions have established their expected outreach programs; (6) most coalitions have obtained resources of varying types to support their services and have begun delivering one or more services to the elderly; (7) the Campaign has significantly changed the mission and structure of the Aging Network by adding 200 new coalitions that serve as advocates for the elderly; and (8) the coalitions have begun generating new resources, but it is not known whether they can sustain their funding beyond the Campaign's 3-year commitment.

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