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

Lake Cumberland Area Agency on Aging
2384 Lakeway DriveP. O. Box 1570Russell Springs KY 42642
Phone: (270) 866-4200
Barren River Area Agency on Aging
177 Graham AvenueBowling Green KY 42101
Phone: (270) 781-2381
Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living
699 Perimeter Drive Lexington KY 40517
Phone: (859) 269-8021
Purchase Area Agency on Aging
1002 Medical DrivePO Box 588Mayfield KY 42066
Phone: (270) 247-7171
Gateway Area Agency on Aging
110 Lake Park Drive Morehead KY 40351
Phone: (606) 780-0090
Cumberland Valley Area Agency on Aging
P.O. Box 1740342 Old Whitley RoadLondon KY 40743
Phone: (606) 864-7391
Northern Kentucky Area Agency on Aging
22 Spiral Drive Florence KY 41042
Phone: (859) 283-1885
FIVCO Area Agency on Aging
32 Fivco Court Grayson KY 41143
Phone: (606) 929-1366
Buffalo Trace Area Agency on Aging
201 Government St., Suite 300 P.O. Box 460 Maysville KY 41056
Phone: (606) 564-6894
Kentucky River Area Agency on Aging
917 Perry Park Road Hazard KY 41701
Phone: (606) 436-3158
Lincoln Trail Area Agency on Aging
PO Box 604613 College Street Road
Phone: (270) 769-2393
Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging
300 Hammond Drive
Phone: (270) 886-9484
Green River Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living
300 GRADD Way Owensboro KY 42301
Phone: (270) 926-4433
Big Sandy Area Agency on Aging
110 Resource Court Prestonsburg KY 41653
Phone: (606) 886-2374

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