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

East Texas Area Agency on Aging
3800 Stone Road Kilgore TX 75662
Phone: (903) 984-8641
Area Agency on Aging of the Permian Basin
2910 La Force Boulevard P.O. Box 60660 Midland TX 79711
Phone: (432) 563-1061
Area Agency on Aging of Deep East Texas
210 Premier Dr. Jasper TX 75951
Phone: (409) 384-7614
Area Agency on Aging of the Coastal Bend
2910 Leopard Street PO Box 9909 (Zip Code 78469) Corpus Christi TX 78408
Phone: (361) 883-3935
Area Agency on Aging of North Texas
4309 Jacksboro Highway Suite 200 PO Box 5144 (ZIP: 76307-5144) Wichita Falls TX 76307
Phone: (940) 322-5281
Area Agency on Aging of the Panhandle
415 West 8th Ave. P. O. Box 9257 Amarillo TX 79101
Phone: (806) 331-2227
Alamo Area Agency on Aging
8700 Tesoro Drive Suite 700 San Antonio TX 78217
Phone: (210) 362-5200
Houston-Galveston Area Agency on Aging
3555 Timmon Lane Suite 120 Houston TX 77027
Phone: (713) 627-3200
South Plains Association of Governments, Area Agency on Aging
1323 58th Street PO Box 3730 Lubbock TX 79452
Phone: (806) 687-0940
Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area
6800 Burleson Road Bldg 310, Suite 165 Austin TX 78744
Phone: (512) 916-6062
Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas
2180 N. Main Street P.O. Box 729 Belton TX 76513
Phone: (254) 770-2330
Bexar Area Agency on Aging
8700 Tesoro Drive Suite 700 San Antonio TX 78217
Phone: (210) 477-3275
Area Agency on Aging of the Heart of Texas
1514 South New Road Waco TX 76711
Phone: 254-292-1800
Ark-Tex Area Agency on Aging
4808 Elizabeth Street P.O. Box 5307 Texarkana TX 75503
Phone: (903) 832-8636
Brazos Valley Area Agency on Aging
3991 East 29th Street P.O.Box Drawer 4128-(zip 77805-4128) Bryan TX 77802
Phone: (979) 595-2800
Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging
8037 Lockheed, Ste. 100 El Paso TX 79925
Phone: (915) 533-0998
Area Agency on Aging - West Central Texas Council of Governments
3702 Loop 322 Abilene TX 79602
Phone: (325) 672-8544
Golden Crescent Area Agency on Aging
120 S Main Street Suite 120 Victoria TX 77901
Phone: (361) 578-1587
Lower Rio Grande Valley Area Agency on Aging
255 South Kansas Avenue Weslaco TX 78596
Phone: (956) 682-3481
Area Agency on Aging of the Concho Valley
2801 West Loop 306 Suite A, P O Box 60050 San Angelo TX 76904
Phone: (325) 223-5704
North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging
616 Six Flags Drive P.O. Box 5888 Arlington TX 76011
Phone: (800) 272-3921
Area Agency on Aging of Texoma
1117 Gallagher Drive Suite 200 Sherman TX 75090
Phone: (800) 677-8264
Community Council of Greater Dallas, Dallas Area Agency on Aging
1349 Empire Central Drive Suite 400 Dallas TX 75247
Phone: (214) 871-5065
Middle Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging
307 West Nopal Carrizo Springs TX 78834
Phone: (830) 876-3533
Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Texas
2210 Eastex Freeway Beaumont TX 77703
Phone: (409) 924-3381
Harris County Area Agency on Aging
8000 North Stadium Drive 3rd Floor Houston TX 77054
Area Agency on Aging of the South Texas Development Council
1002 Dicky Lane P.O. Box 2187 Laredo TX 78043
Phone: (956) 722-3995
Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas
PO Box 972 Eagle Pass TX 78853
Phone: (830) 773-2105
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe
571 State Park Road 56 Livingston TX 77351
Phone: (936) 563-1252
Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging
1500 N. Main St. Suite 200, PO Box 4448 Fort Worth TX 76164
Phone: (817) 258-8081

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