Caregivers need help and resources
Taking care of an older adult is an overwhelming challenge for 34 million Americans, about 1 in 10 people. It’s an understatement to say that these caregiving families need support.
A helpful organization you need to know about is the Area Agency on Aging. They provide community resources for seniors and caregivers – some are even free!
The Area Agency on Aging helps seniors stay in their homes
Today, there are over 600 Area Agencies on Aging across the U.S. They’re government agencies that were created under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973.
Most agencies provide general information, referrals, case management, and benefits and health insurance counseling. They also contract with local service providers to deliver services like meals, transportation and in-home services.
The Area Agency on Aging helps caregivers too
Area Agencies on Aging also provide support to family caregivers. It’s a place to find respite care, counseling, support groups, and caregiver training classes.
One of their most important services is to help families find local aging care organizations that can help with caregiving plans, working through specific challenges, or finding needed services.
Caring for an older adult is TOUGH. That’s why you need to be able to find the local services, programs, and organizations that can help. Use your local Area Agency on Aging to find the information, guidance, and local aging care services you need.
By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
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