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What are Area Agencies of Aging, and What Can They Do for You?

Some seniors enjoy a meeting arranged by an area agency on aging

Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are public and private nonprofit government organizations across the United States that serve older adults and their caregivers. There are over 600 agencies nationwide and at least one in each state. AAAs can be a useful resource for seniors and their families. Here is what they can do for you. 

When Was AAA Established? 

Congress created a network of programs, services, and housing options for older adults and their caregivers in 1974 through the Older Americans Act (OAA). Since then, area agencies on aging have been helping seniors maintain their independence and safety in their homes. Established in the OAA, the National Aging Network coordinates with various states to provide services pertinent to each region. 

What Services Do AAAs Provide? 

Services that AAAs offer vary from state to state depending on the needs of their aging populations. Contacting your local AAA is a good place to learn what types of services are available in your area. 

Some of the services, programs, and resources offered by AAAs include: 

  • Information services. If you are looking for a place to start searching for available resources for seniors and caregivers, your local AAA will have information and programs accessible in your respective region. 
  • Nutrition counseling services. In addition to nutritional counseling, many AAAs offer meal services, including delivery and group dining. 
  • Support services. Help with household chores, personal care, home health services, and home repairs. 
  • Transportation services. Transportation for seniors who cannot drive or use public transit. 
  • Legal services. Legal assistance in eldercare rights, estate planning, and health care resources. 
  • Health and wellness programs. Resources promoting healthy aging include fitness classes, chronic disease management programs, and mental health services. 
  • Long-term care ombudsman. Advocacy for residents of nursing homes assisted living facilities, and other similar adult care homes.

How to Connect with Your Local AAA

To connect with your local AAA, enter your zip code on eldercare locator. The link will provide the address, location, website, phone number, services offered, and languages available. Interested individuals can also call 1-800-677-1116 to connect with a representative.  

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