Area Agency on Aging
If your family needs more information about free and low-cost senior care resources locally, or is having trouble affording higher-priced senior living communities, Area Agencies on Aging can be a great help.
The best place to find your Area Agency on Aging is a the National Directory of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). Visit n4a's Area Agency on Aging Locator tool and you'll see a freshly-updated list of all the AAAs, organized by county and state. You can scroll down the Locator page to see the one closest to you.
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. In addition to seniors, AAAs also help those with disability or chronic illness, veterans and caregivers, regardless of age.
There are 622 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.
Here are some of the services that most AAAs will provide:
- Caregiver programs
- Nutrition services
- Elder rights education
- Health and wellness information
- Supportive services such as information about referral in-home services, homemaker & chore services, transportation, case management, home modification, and legal services
- Insurance counseling
- Respite care
- Options counseling
- Assessment for care planning and long-term care service eligibility
- Ombudsman services
- Enrollment asssistance
- Emergency response systems
- Adult day service