Area Agency on Aging
Area Agency on Aging Explained
In 1973, Congress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA), establishing a nationwide network of Area Agencies on Aging. AAAs help seniors remain independent and age with dignity.
There are 629 Area Agencies on Aging, serving every region in the U.S. They provide one-on-one assistance and case management to help seniors find the most appropriate resources where they live. Generally, AAAs do not distribute information about fee-based services; they mostly serve those on a very limited income. They also help seniors understand and access public benefits, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Area Agencies on Aging are also an important resource for family caregivers. They provide training, respite care, and help with problem solving.
Another reason to contact AAAs: They provide ombudsman services to seniors who have complaints about long-term care facilities.
To find out more about resources that help caregivers, see 10 Organizations Every Caregiver Should Know.