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Montana Older Americans Act

In 1987, Montana passed its' version of the "Older Americans Act," to reaffirm the State’s commitment to its older citizens. Montana thus adopted the philosophy of the Older Americans Act of 1965 by bringing it closer to home. The Montana Act requires that the State Aging Services Bureau coordinate activities of relevant departments of State government and other organizations and agencies. As stated in the 1987 Montana Older Americans Act:

"The Legislature finds that older Montanans constitute a valuable resource of this State and that their competence, experience, and wisdom must be used more effectively for the benefit of all Montanans.

The Legislature further finds that a complete range of services is not available in all areas of the State and that many Montanans lack access to the services that are available.

The Legislature declares that it is the policy of this State, subject to available funding, to provide a wide range of coordinated services to enable older Montanans to maintain an independent lifestyle, avoid unnecessary institutional care, and live in dignity.

It is the intent of the Legislature that available federal, State, regional, and local resources be used to strengthen the economic, social, and general well-being of older Montanans and that the State develop appropriate programs for older Montanans; coordinate and integrate all levels of service, with emphasis on the whole person; and promote alternative forms of service that will create options for older Montanans."