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.
Allegany County Area Agency on Aging
125 Virginia AvenueCumberland MD 21502
Phone: (301) 777-5970
Baltimore City Health Department Office of Aging and CARE Services
417 E. Fayette street, 6th floorBaltimore MD 21202
Phone: (410) 396-4932
Anne Arundel County Department of Aging & Disabilities
Heritage Complex 2666 Riva Road Annapolis MD 21401
Baltimore County Department of Aging
611 Central AvenueTowson MD 21204
Phone: (410) 887-2594
Calvert County Office on Aging
450 West Dares Beach RoadPrince Frederick MD 20678
Phone: (410) 535-4606
Upper Shore Aging, Inc.
100 Schauber RoadChestertown MD 21620
Phone: (410) 778-6000
Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities
125 Stoner AvenueWestminster MD 21157
Phone: (410) 386-3800
Senior Services and Community Transit
200 Chesapeake Blvd.Suite 2550Elkton MD 21921
Phone: (410) 996-8435
Charles County Department of Community Services
8190 Port Tobacco RoadPort Tobacco MD 20677
Maintaining Active Citizen
909 Progress Circle Suite 100 Salisbury MD 21804
Phone: (410) 742-0505
Frederick County Department of Aging
1440 Taney AvenueFrederick MD 21702
Phone: (301) 600-1605
Garrett County Community Action - AAA
104 East Center StreetOakland MD 21550
Phone: (301) 334-9431
Harford County Office on Aging
145 North Hickory AvenueBel Air MD 21014
Phone: (410) 638-3025
Howard County Office on Aging
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive Suite 200 Columbia MD 21046
Phone: (410) 313-5980
Montgomery County Area Agency on Aging
401 Hungerford Drive 4th Floor Rockville MD 20850
Phone: (240) 777-3000
Prince George's County Department of Family Services
6420 Allentown RoadCamp Springs MD 20748
Phone: (301) 265-8450
Queen Anne's County Department of Aging
104 Powell StreetCentreville MD 21617
Phone: (410) 758-0848
St. Mary's County Department of Aging
41780 Baldridge StreetP.O. Box 653Leonardtown MD 20650
Phone: (301) 475-4200 ext:1050
Washington County Commission on Aging (Maryland Access Point)
140 W. Franklin Street4th floorHagerstown MD 21740
Phone: (301) 790-0275