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

Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington
50 Simon Street SE Suite 8 East Wenatchee WA 98802
Phone: (509) 886-0700
Quinault Indian Nation-Senior Program Manager
PO Box 189 1214 Aalis Drive Taholah WA 98587
Phone: (360) 276-8215
Southeast Washington Aging & Long-Term Care
7200 West Nob Hill Boulevard P.O. Box 8349 Yakima WA 98908
Phone: (509) 965-0105
Olympic Area Agency on Aging
11700 Rhody Drive Port Hadlock WA 98339
Phone: (360) 379-5064
Makah Indian Tribal Council-Makah Senior Citizens Program
PO Box 115 Neah Bay WA 98357
Phone: (360) 645-3027
Quileute Tribal Council -Quileute Tribal Senior Center
PO Box 279 LaPush WA 98350
Phone: (360) 374-6040
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
2851 Lower Elwha Port Angeles WA 98363
Phone: (360) 452-8471
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Elders Nutition & Support
1033 Old Blyn Highway Sequim WA 98382
Phone: 360-681-4657
Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disabilities
201 North East 73rd Street Suite 201 Vancouver WA 98665
Phone: (360) 735-5720
Cowlitz Indian Tribe
1055 9th Avenue Suite B Longview WA 98632
Phone: (360) 864-8727
Aging & Long-Term Care of Eastern Washington
1222 North Post Street Spokane WA 99201
Phone: (509) 458-2509
Colville Indian Area Agency on Aging
1 Colville St. P.O. Box 150 Nespelem WA 99155
Phone: (509) 634-2759
Northwest Washington Area Agency on Aging
600 Lakeway Drive Suite 100 Bellingham WA 98225
Phone: (360) 676-6749
Aging and Disability Services (ADS), Seattle/King County
700 5th AvenueP.O. Box 34215Seattle WA 98124
Phone: (206) 684-0660
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
39015 172nd Avenue S.E. Auburn WA 98002
Phone: 253-876-3259
Kitsap County Division of Aging & Long-Term Care
1026 Sidney AvenueSuite 105Port Orchard WA 98366
Phone: (360) 337-7068
Puyallup Tribal Health Authority
2209 E. 32nd Street Tacoma WA 98404
Phone: (253) 593-0232
Port Gamble S''Klallam Tribe-Elders Building
31912 Little Boston Road NE Kingston WA 98346
Phone: (360) 297-9633
The Suquamish Indian Tribe
P.O. Box 498 Suquamish WA 98392
Phone: 360-394-8467
Lewis/Mason/Thurston Area Agency on Aging
2404 Heritage Court SW Suite A Olympia WA 98502
Phone: (360) 664-2168
S. Puget Intertribal Planning Agency
3104 SE Old Olympic Highway Squaxin, Shoalwater Bay & Nisqually Shelton WA 98584
Phone: 360-426-3990
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
P.O. Box 150 One Colville Street Nespelem WA 99155
Phone: 509-634-2759
Kalispel Senior Nutrition Program
P.O. Box 39 Usk WA 99180
Phone: 509-258-7129
Aging & Disability Resources (Pierce County)
1305 Tacoma Ave. South, Suite 104 Tacoma WA 98402
Phone: (253) 798-4600 (ADRC)
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
PO Box 388 1731 Reservation Road LaConner WA 98257
Phone: (360) 466-7216
Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
25944 Community Plaza Way Sedro-Wooley WA 98284
Phone: 360-854-7014
Snohomish County Long Term Care and Aging Division
3000 Rockefeller Avenue M/S 305 Everett WA 98201
Phone: (425) 388-7377
Tulalip Tribes
7300 Totem Beach Road Tulalip WA 98271
Phone: 360-716-4687
Spokane Tribe of Indians - Spokane Tribe Senior Program
PO Box 100 Wellpinit WA 99040
Phone: (509) 258-7129
Lummi Indian Business Council - Lummi CHR/Seniors
2400 Lummi View Drive Bellingham WA 98226
Phone: (360) 758-3500
Nooksack Indian Tribe-Nooksack Elders
PO Box 1575016 Deming RoadDeming WA 98244
Phone: (360) 592-0100
Yakama Nation Area Agency on Aging
91 Wishpoosh Road PO Box 151 Toppenish WA 98948
Phone: (509) 865-7164

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