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

Southeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging
1 West Ash Street PO Box J Chanute KS 66720
Phone: (620) 431-2980
East Central Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center
117 South Main Street Ottawa KS 66067
Phone: (785) 242-7200
Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
1803 Oregon Street Hiawatha KS 66434
Phone: (785) 742-7152
Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging
236 San Jose Drive P. O. Box 1636 Dodge City KS 67801
Phone: (620) 225-8230
Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
PO Box 8261107 Goldfinch RoadHorton KS 66439
Phone: (785) 486-2688
Central Plains Area Agency on Aging
2622 W. Central Suite 500 Wichita KS 67203
Phone: 316-660-7298
North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging
401 Houston Street Manhattan KS 66502
Phone: (785) 776-9294
South Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging
304 South Summit Street PO Box 1122 Arkansas City KS 67005
Phone: (620) 442-0268
Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging
510 W 29th St Hays KS 67601
Phone: (785) 628-8204
Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska Inc.
3345 B Thrasher RoadWhite Cloud KS 66094
Phone: 785-595-3258
Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging
2910 South Topeka Boulevard Topeka KS 66611
Phone: (785) 235-1367
Prairie Band of Potawatomi Indians - Government Center
16281 Q Road Mayetta KS 66509
Phone: (785) 966-4000
Johnson County Area Agency on Aging
11811 South Sunset Drive Suite 1300 Olathe KS 66061
Phone: (913) 715-8800
Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging
849-C North 47th StreetKansas City KS 66102
Phone: (913) 573-8531

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