Area Agency on Aging:
Your local Area Agency on Aging is your door to local, low or no cost federal programs that provide needed services for Americans, aged 60 and over.
The Area Agencies on Aging are funded by your state’s department of aging, which in turn is funded by the Federal Administration on Aging.
Each Area Agency on Aging receives funds from your state, based upon your area’s aging population (that is how many people over the age of 60 are in the area) and what services your Area on Aging determines are most needed in your area.
The Area Agency on Aging then provides these services through various senior centers. Some of the services that are funded by AAA are:
1. Free legal assistance
2. Medicare insurance program counseling — Part A, B, C and D
3. Medication management
5. Home delivered meals
6. Meals served in a social, congregate setting.
7. Adult Day Care (NFCSP) — a respite program for caregivers
8. Sitter Services (NFCSP) — a respite program for caregivers
9. Caregiver Training/Counseling (NFCSP)
10. Caregiver support groups (NFCSP)
11. Information and referral to services for seniors in your area — both public and private services
12. Assistance in paying your utility bill
13. Homemaker services; light housekeeping, cleaning
14. Friendly visitor, telephone reassurance.
15. Employment Services — helping you find a job
16. Handyman services
It’s important to remember that not all Area Agencies on Aging provide all services. An Area Agency on Aging is charged with conducting a “needs assessment” to determine what services are most needed by people over 60 in your area. Then, they are to provide those services in your area within the funding constraints that they have.
Since 2008, many, many more of America’s seniors are using these low cost government services. Many Area Agencies on Aging as well as their local programs, such as Meals on Wheels and Adult Day Care could use donations. Please make these tax deductible donations, if you are able. Thank you.