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

Eastern Oklahoma Development District
1012 North 38th Street PO Box 1367 Muskogee OK 74401
Phone: (918) 682-7891
Long Term Care Authority of Enid
202 W. Broadway Avenue Suite A Enid OK 73701
Phone: (580) 234-7475
SODA Area Agency on Aging
2704 N. 1st Durant OK 74701
Phone: (580) 920-1388
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
PO Box 1210 Durant OK 74702
Phone: (800) 522-6170
Oklahoma Economic Development Authority Area Agency on Aging
330 Douglas Avenue P.O. Box 668 Beaver OK 73932
Phone: (580) 625-4531
SWODA Area Agency on Aging
Building 420 - Sooner Drive P.O. Box 569 Burns Flat OK 73624
Phone: (580) 562-4882
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma
PO Box 38 100 Red Moon Circle Concho OK 73022
Phone: (405) 422-7411
Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG )
802 Main Street P.O. Box 1647 Duncan OK 73534
Phone: (580) 252-0595
Kiowa Senior Nutrition Program
P.O.Box 369 Carnegie OK 73015
Phone: (580) 654-2300
Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
501 E. Colorado PO Box 1220 Anadarko OK 73005
Phone: (405) 247-6330
Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma Division on Aging
PO Box 825 Anadarko OK 73005
Phone: (405) 247-2448
Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Senior Center
PO Box 729 Anadarko OK 73005
Phone: (405) 247-2425
Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma
PO Box 487 Binger OK 73009
Phone: 405-656-2344
Fort Sill Apache Tribe
Rt. 2 Box 121 Apache OK 73006
Phone: 580 588 2398
Areawide Aging Agency, Inc.
4101 Perimeter Center Dr. Suite 310 Oklahoma City OK 73112
Phone: (405) 942-8500
Chickasaw Nation-Division on Aging
PO Box 1548 212 W.Lillie Madill OK 73446
Phone: (580) 795-9790
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma - Title VI Program
PO Box 746 Tahlequah OK 74465
Phone: (918) 456-8698
KEDDO Area Agency on Aging
1002 Highway 2 North Wilburton OK 74578
Phone: (918) 465-2367
Absentee Shawnee Tribe
2025 S. Gordon Cooper Drive Shawnee OK 74801
Phone: (405) 275-4030
Comanche Indian Tribe
PO Box 908 Lawton OK 73502
Phone: (580) 335-2330
Grand Gateway Area Agency on Aging
333 South Oak StreetP.O. Drawer BBig Cabin OK 74332
Phone: (918) 783-5793
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma - Ottawa Tribal Healthy Living Center
PO Box 110 Miami OK 74355
Phone: (918) 540-2377
INCOG Area Agency on Aging (Indian Nation Council of Gov'ts)
2 West Second Street Suite 800 Tulsa OK 74103
Phone: (918) 584-7526
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
PO Box 40 Okmulgee OK 74447
Phone: (918) 758-2727
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma - Administration on Aging
PO Box 1283 Miami OK 74355
Phone: (918) 787-5405
COEDD Area Agency on Aging
400 North Bell P.O. Box 3398 Shawnee OK 74802
Phone: (405) 273-6410 ext:131
Kaw Tribe of Oklahoma
PO Box 50 698 Grandview Drive Kaw City OK 74641
Phone: (580) 362-1039
Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma - Ponca Tribe Senior Citizens
20 White Eagle Drive Ponca City OK 74601
Phone: (580) 762-2743
Sac and Fox Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
RR 2, Box 246 Stroud OK 74079
Phone: (918) 968-3526
Otoe-Missouria Tribe
8151 Hwy 177 Red Rock OK 74651
Phone: 580-723-4466 ext. 289
Osage Nation of Oklahoma -Osage Nation Senior Service Program
350 Senior DrivePawhuska OK 74056
Phone: (918) 287-5454
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
PO Box 350 Seneca MO 64865
Phone: (918) 666-2435
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma Senior Center
PO Box 765 5681 S. 630 Road Quapaw OK 74363
Phone: (918) 542-1853
Wyandotte Nation Elder Services Dept.
64730 E. Hwy. 60 Wyandotte OK 74370
Phone: (918) 678-2297
For the tribe Miami of Oklahoma
202 S. Eight Tribes Trail P.O. Box 1326 Miami OK 74355
Phone: 918-542-7377
Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma
118 S Eight Tribes Trail Miami OK 74355
Phone: 918-329-9929
Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
PO Box 470 Pawnee OK 74058
Phone: (918) 762-4042
Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
335588 East 750 Road Perkins OK 74059
Phone: 405/547-5407
Citizen Band Potawatomi of Oklahoma
1601 South Cordon Cooper Drive Shawnee OK 74801
Phone: (405) 878-4833

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