Resources for seniors and family caregivers
Caring for an older adult is an overwhelming challenge for nearly 40 million Americans, about 1 in 10 people.
It’s an understatement to say that these seniors and caregiving families need more support.
A great resource is the Area Agency on Aging. These are county-level government agencies that provide free and low-cost community resources to seniors and caregivers.
Use your local Area Agency on Aging to find information, guidance, and local aging care services.
We explain how these agencies help seniors and how they help caregivers.
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 a network of nonprofit agencies that are supported with federal funding under the Older Americans Act. Some are also supported by additional state and local funding.
Their mission is to connect older adults to home and community-based services so more seniors can choose to age in their homes and not be forced to move to assisted living or nursing care.
Most agency offices provide general information, referrals, case management, and benefits and health insurance counseling.
The Area Agency on Aging helps caregivers too
The Area Agencies on Aging also provide support to family caregivers.
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.
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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