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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Alternative Assistance Options

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

Denver Regional Council of Governments
1290 Broadway Suite 700 Denver CO 80203
Phone: (303) 455-1000
South Central Colorado Seniors, Inc.
1116 3rd Street Alamosa CO 81101
Phone: (719) 589-4511
San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging
PO Box 5456 Pagosa Springs CO 81321
Phone: (970) 264-0501
Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging
13 West 3rd StreetRoom 110La Junta CO 81050
Phone: (719) 383-3166
Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA)
3482 North Broadway Street Boulder CO 80304
Phone: (303) 441-3570
Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging
139 East 3rd Street (877) 610-3341 Salida CO 81201
Phone: (719) 539-3341
East Central Colorado Area Agency on Aging
128 Colorado Avenue PO Box 28 Stratton CO 80836
Phone: (719) 348-5562
Region 10 Area Agency on Aging
300 N Cascade Suite 1 Montrose CO 81401
Phone: (970) 249-2436
Alpine Area Agency on Aging
249 Warren Avenue P.O. Box 2308 Silverthorne CO 80498
Phone: (970) 468-0295
Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging
15 South 7th Street
Phone: (719) 471-7080
Northwest Colorado Area Agency on Aging
510 29 1/2 Road P.O. Box 20000 (ZIP 81502-5035) Grand Junction CO 81502
Phone: (970) 248-2717
South Central Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
300 S. Bonaventure Avenue Trinidad CO 81082
Phone: (719) 845-1133 ext:225
Southern Ute Indian Tribe- Southern Ute Community Action Programs
PO Box 800Ignacio CO 81137
Phone: (970) 563-4561
Larimer County Office on Aging
2601 Midpoint Drive Suite 112 Fort Collins CO 80525
Phone: 970-498-7750
Northeastern Colorado Area Agency on Aging
231 Main Street
Phone: (970) 867-9409
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Indians - Title VI Senior Citizens Program
PO Box 189 Towaoc CO 81334
Phone: (970) 564-0630
Pueblo Area Agency on Aging
2631 East 4th Street
Phone: (719) 583-6120
Weld County Area Agency on Aging
PO Box 1805315C N. 11th AvenueGreeley CO 80632
Phone: 970-346-6950

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