Minority Participation in Administration on Aging Programs
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC PROGRAM EVALUATION AND METHODOLOGY DIV
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It is a pleasure to be here today to share the results of our work on minority participation in programs and services administered by the Administration on Aging AoA. As you requested, we examined the extent to which minority participation can be adequately measured at this time. In our testimony today, we will present information on 1 the methodology AoA uses to collect data on minority participation and 2 data collection methods employed in two other client tracking systems. Before turning to the results of our work, I think it is important to discuss its context. As a result of numerous advanced in U.S. medicine and public health, the life span of the average American has been prolonged by effectively bringing under control those acute diseases that previously caused widespread death and disability among children and young adults in this country. Since the turn of the century, life expectancy in the United States has increased for both sexes. This improved longevity, coupled with a decrease in the national birth rate, has led to an explosion in the number and proportion of people in this country who are elderly.
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