What are Area Agencies on Aging

Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) is a network of approximately 622 non-profit organizations nationwide. They serve the elderly population (60+) of their local areas.  Most agencies serve a specific geographic area of several neighboring counties. Although a few offer services statewide.  This is especially true in smaller or less densely populated states. All the AAAs receive federal funding under the Older American Act. And most supplement that funding with additional state and local revenues.  

Agencies may use the phrase “Area Agency on Aging” in their name, such as the Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Arkansas. Or they may simply call themselves the County Office on Aging.

What AAAs Do

Each Area Agency on Aging provides a different suite of services although there are basic services that are provided by nearly all AAAs.  These include:

  • Nutrition – counseling, home delivered meals, and congregate (group) meals
  • Caregiver Support – respite care and caregiver training / education
  • Care Management – in-home care assessments and care plan development
  • Information & Referral – information about home and community based assistance programs, such as Medicaid, and referrals to administrators
  • Long Term Care Ombudsmen – information about long term care facilities and investigation of complaints
  • Insurance Counseling – assists seniors in understanding and maximizing the benefits of their insurance, especially Medicare
  • Transportation – assistance understanding and coordinating shared, non-medical transportation services

A lesser, but still significant, percentage of AAAs also provide families with help completing applications for assistance programs, such as Medicaid, respite care, and certain veterans’ programs.  Finally, case management is a much valued option, though offered more selectively than other types of help. 

What AAAs Don’t Do

When planning for long term care, it is equally important to know the services with which the AAAs cannot or do not help families.  

  • Hands-On Care – Except in very rare instances, AAAs do not provide hands-on care themselves.  However, some may sub-contract hands on services to local providers.  
  • Medicaid Planning – Medicaid has very restrictive financial eligibility requirements. AAAs can help explain the requirements. But they will not and cannot offer any assistance in helping families comply with or meet those requirements.
  • Veterans Benefits Planning – Similar to Medicaid, many VA programs have restrictive financial eligibility rules. AAAs cannot advise families on how to structure income and assets to meet those requirements.

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Public Alternatives

Aging and Disability Resource Centers – ADRCs serve as a single point of entry for families to learn about the long term care support services available to them through federal, state, and other programs. The ADRCs provide free and objective counseling services. While very helpful, the ADRC system is still being developed and is not available nationwide.  In addition, in many cases, the ADRC Agency is same agency as the Area Agency on Aging.  However in some states these are separate entities.  

Private Assistance

Medicaid Planners – Medicaid planners offer families assistance with the complicated Medicaid application process.  More importantly, they help families structure their finances to meet Medicaid’s financial requirements.  Read more.

Veterans Benefits Planners – VA benefit planners help families to understand the different, and sometimes conflicting, benefits which they may be due. They also help to calculate and re-structure income and assets to meet program requirements. Read more.

Select Your State & County to Find Your Local Area Agency on Aging

Alameda County Area Agency on Aging
6955 Foothill Boulevard Suite 300 Oakland CA 94605
Phone: (510) 577-1900
Area 12 Area Agency On Aging
19074 Standard Road Suite A Sonora CA 95370
Phone: (209) 532-6272
PASSAGES Area 3 Agency on Aging/ and Independent Living Services of Northern California
25 Main Street Room 202 Chico CA 95928
Phone: (530) 898-5923
Contra Costa County Aging & Adult Services
500 Ellinwood WayPleasant Hill CA 94523
Phone: 925-602-4172
Area 1 Agency on Aging
434 7th street Eureka CA 95501
Phone: (707) 442-3763
United Indian Health Center
Smith River & Resighini 101 Indian Court Smith River CA 95567
Phone: 707-487-4463
El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging
937 Spring Street
Phone: (530) 621-6150
Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging
3837 North Clark Street Fresno CA 93726
Phone: (559) 600-4405
Hoopa Valley Tribe - K'imain Medical Center
Loop Road Hoopa CA 95546
Phone: (530) 625-4834
Pala Band of Mission Indians
PO Box 50 27 Bear River Drive Loleta CA 95551
Phone: (707) 733-1900
Karuk Tribe of California
PO Drawer 249 459 ASIP Road Orleans CA 95556
Phone: (530) 627-3056
Rohnerville Rancheria
27 Bear River Drive Loleta CA 95551
Phone: (707) 733-1900
Imperial County Area Agency on Aging
1331 South Clark RoadBuilding 11El Centro CA 92243
Phone: (760) 339-6450
Quechan Indian Tribe- Fort Yuma Indian Reservation
PO Box 1899 350 Picacho Road Yuma AZ 85366
Phone: (760) 572-0213
Eastern Sierra Area Agency on Aging
163 May Street Bishop CA 93514
Phone: (760) 873-6364
Bishop Indian Tribal Council -Bishop Paiute Tribe
50 Tu Su Lane Bishop CA 93514
Phone: (760) 873-3052
Toiyabe Indian Health Project - North and South -Toiyabe Health Project
52 N. Tu Su Lane Bishop CA 93514
Phone: (760) 872-6595
Toiyabe Indian Health Project
52 Tu Su Lane Bishop CA 93514
Phone: 760/872-2622
Kern County Aging and Adult Services
5357 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield CA 93309
Phone: (661) 868-1000
Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging
5957 S. Mooney Blvd. Visalia CA 93277
Phone: (559) 582-3211 ext. 2828
Area Agency on Aging of Lake and Mendocino Counties
16170 Main Street, Unit DP.O. Box 9000Lower Lake CA 95457
Phone: (707) 995-4680
Planning & Service Area 2 Area Agency on Aging
208 North Center St. PO Box 1400 Yreka CA 96097
Phone: (530) 842-1687
Pit River Health Services - California Indian Board
4400 Auburn Blvd 2nd Floor Sacramento CA 95841
Phone: (916) 929-9761
Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services Area Agency on Aging
3175 West 6th StreetLos Angeles CA 90020
Phone: (213) 637-0798
City of Los Angeles Department of Aging
221 North Figueroa Street Suite 180 Los Angeles CA 90012
Phone: 213-482-7252
Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians
46575 Rd. 417 Coarsegold CA 93614
Phone: (559) 683-6633
Marin County Division of Aging and Adult Services Area Agency on Aging
10 North San Pedro Road Suite 1023 San Rafael CA 94903
Phone: (415) 473-7118
Indian Senior Center, Inc.
425 North State Street Ukiah CA 95482
Phone: (707) 462-5595
Round Valley Indian Tribes
Round Valley Senior Center 77826 Covelo Road Covelo CA 95428
Phone: 707-983-6556
Adult and Aging Services
851 West 23rd StreetMerced CA 95340
Phone: (209) 385-7550
Monterey County Area Agency on Aging
1000 South Main Street Suite 211A Salinas CA 93901
Phone: (831) 755-3403
Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa-Solano
400 Contra Costa Street P.O. Box 3069 Vallejo CA 94590
Phone: (707) 644-6612
Area 4 Agency on Aging
1401 El Camino Ave.
Phone: (916) 486-1876
Office on Aging-County of Orange
1300 South Grand Avenue Building B Santa Ana CA 92705
Phone: (714) 567-7500
Riverside County Office on Aging
6296 River Crest Drive Suite K Riverside CA 92507
Phone: (951) 867-3800
Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health-for Pechanga
11555 1/2 Potrero Road Banning CA 92220
Phone: (800) 732-8805
Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
234 Santa Cruz Avenue Aptos CA 95003
Phone: (831) 688-0400
County of San Bernardino Area Agency on Aging
686 East Mill Street San Bernardino CA 92415
Phone: (909) 891-3900
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
500 Merriman Avenue Needles CA 92363
Phone: (760) 629-4591
Aging & Independence Services
PO Box 23217 San Diego CA 92193
California Indian Manpower Consortium - Santa Ysabel/San Pasqual
738 North Market Blvd Sacramento CA 95834
Phone: (800) 640-2462
Southern Indian Health Council-Area I & II
P.O. Box 2128 Alpine CA 91903
Phone: 619/445-1188 ext. 16
SF Department of Aging and Adult Services
1650 Mission Street, 5/FSan Francisco CA 94103
Phone: (415) 355-3555
San Joaquin County Human Services Agency
102 S. San Joaquin Street P.O. Box 201056 Stockton CA 95201
Phone: (209) 468-2202
Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
528 South Broadway Santa Maria CA 93454
Phone: (805) 925-9554
Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians - Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic
PO Box 539 Santa Ynez CA 93460
Phone: (805) 688-7070
San Mateo County Area Agency on Aging
225 37th Avenue San Mateo CA 94403
Phone: (650) 573-3900
SOURCEWISE (previously Council on Aging Silicon Valley)
2115 The Alameda San Jose CA 95126
Phone: (408) 350-3200
Redding Rancheria Indian Health Services- Senior Nutrition
2000 Redding Rancheria Road Redding CA 96001
Phone: (530) 242-4594
Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging
3725 Westwind Bld Suite 101 Santa Rosa CA 95403
Phone: (707) 565-5950
Stanislaus County Area Agency on Aging
3500 Coffee Rd. Suite 19
Phone: 800-510-2020
Tule River Indian Health Center
P.O. Box 768 Porterville CA 93257
Phone: 559-784-2316
Ventura County Area Agency on Aging
646 County Square DriveSuite 100Ventura CA 93003
Phone: (805) 477-7300

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