Page Updated - Apr. 2015
What are Area Agencies on Aging
Areas Agencies on Aging (AAAs) is a network of approximately 620 organizations nationwide which serve the elderly populations (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
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.
Alternative Assistance Options
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.
Medicaid Planners - Medicaid planners offer families assistance with the complicated Medicaid application process. More importantly they help families to structure their finances to meet with Medicaid's financial requirements. Read more.
Veterans Benefits Planners - Benefit planners help families to understand the different and sometimes conflicting benefits which they may be due and 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.