Area Agency on Aging: Resources for Seniors

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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.




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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

They may also work with local service providers to deliver services like meals, transportation, and in-home caregiving.

 

The Area Agency on Aging helps caregivers too

The 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.

 

Next Step  Use the Eldercare Locator to find your local Area Agency on Aging office

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Image: The Davis Enterprise

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply October 26, 2019

    Shelia Pfeifer

    I need a ramp so I can get my mother who had a stroke in and out of my home. Also need my bathroom customized for her.

  • Reply September 20, 2019

    Ron Andrews

    I have an elderly friend who has several physical issues and needs acupuncture to help keep him mobile and active. The cost of the treatment is covered but the transportation is not and he is on a fixed income. Is there any local senior transportation that is free for medical appointments or at a fixed affordable rate for seniors living on social security. He is located in Miami, Florida 33176 zip code.

  • Reply August 5, 2019

    E. Davis

    I am disable 63 years old on SSDI in need of home repairs in the City of Dothan Al my roof is leaking. My insurance is with my Mortgage company. When I filed a claim after Hurricane Michael. My Mortgage insurance company informed me that my insurance was changed that I have a $9,000.00 Deducible. Therefore I would have to pay for the roof to be repaired. I am looking for assistance in repairing my roof. I had lived 2 years without running water in my home because the main water supply had rusted to far under the concrete foundation. Habitat help me with this repair. But will not be able to assist with the roof repairs for another 3 years. In need of additional repairs on my home. Who can I contact to assist me?

  • Reply June 11, 2019

    LARRY RITZER

    WHAT COUNTRY DO I SAY I WOULD GET HELP

  • Reply June 11, 2019

    LARRY RITZER

    I AM 76 AND WIFE 75 AND WE PLAYED THE GAME OF FILL EVERY THING OUT AND WE MADE TO MUCH ON SS SO WE TRYED AGAIN TO MUCH ASSETS HOW DO WE GET HELP FROM THE GOV. WE WORKED ALL OF OUR LIFE PAID TAXES AND NEED HELP TO FIX OUR HOUSE WE ARE DISABLED AND MY WIFE CANNOT MAKE IT UP FROM BASEMENT.OUR WHEELCHAIR RAMP IS BROKEN FROM SNOW.I HAVE TRIED ABOUT 10 TIMES AND IF THEY WOULD HELP US THAT MEANES THEY WOULD HAVE TO WORK.I CALLED A GOV OFFICE AND RECORDING SAID TODAY IS THURSDAY I WILL BE IN FRIDAY I CALLED MONDAY AND IT SAID BE IN ON FRIDAY I CALLED TUE AND IT SAID BE IN FRIDAY.IS THERE ANY HELP FOR US OR THEY MAKE US WAIT AND HOPE WE DIE LARRY

    • Reply June 11, 2019

      DailyCaring

      I’m so sorry to hear about this situation, staffing and services from government offices can vary depending on the funding available in each county.

      There are organizations that offer help with home repairs to those who qualify for their programs. Maybe you can contact these organizations directly. We’ve got 7 helpful organizations in this article: 7 Sources of Home Repair Assistance for Seniors http://dailycaring.com/7-sources-of-home-repair-assistance-for-seniors/ I hope you can find one in your area that can help.

      You may also want to check to see if you’re eligible for government assistance programs that can help with expenses. We’ve got more info on the online form here — https://dailycaring.com/financial-help-caregiving-expenses/

  • Reply April 2, 2019

    Samantha Broussard

    My name is Samantha Broussard IAM trying to get help for my father in-law can someone please call me my phone number is [removed for privacy] I wish I could get help someone that can tear his house down and rebuild he has black mold on a ceiling he has big rats in his house just trying to get him help he has prostate cancer and not enough money to do anything with so can somebody please find a place and then Horton a opus I am begging for help they should have someone out there to help senior citizens usually the community usually comes together I seen it on TV for other people but I don’t know if it’s possible for us

  • Reply February 28, 2019

    Debbie Mathews

    I am a spouse’s wife and I had to take unpaid leave to care for my husband who had surgery for bladder cancer but has to have 24 hour care can i get paid we live in [removed for privacy]

  • Reply February 24, 2019

    Erica brock

    Is there a number I can call to ask questions about helping a elderly man ?

    • Reply February 24, 2019

      DailyCaring

      Contacting your local Area Agency on Aging would be a good start. In the article above, the “Next Step” links to a tool that helps you find the Area Agency on Aging office in your county.

      They should be able to answer questions and connect you with other helpful aging services in the community.

  • Reply October 30, 2018

    Susan Maris

    Does the caregiver assistance only apply when taking care of the elderly? Where would I go to find out about caring for a 50 year old woman with stage 4 cancer?

  • Reply August 20, 2018

    Valerie

    My grandmother is 77 and her cooler is not working well it turns on in off which worries me because she lives in arizona i was wondering if you can help please

  • Reply July 18, 2018

    Cleothus Terry

    we need help with the repairs in our home our home is sinking on all four sides and it causes holes in corners and rats get in i am afraid that one day a snake may find its way to the holes. we don’t make enough money together to repair the home is there any help for us?

  • Reply July 15, 2018

    Henrietta Ford

    Hi I had a home fire 5/28/2018, I have some homeowners insurance. I have been told it is not enough to have my home repaired or rebuilt. I was looking into trying to get it rebuilt on the Habijax style. If I could get it fixed would be fine, I just need some type of help or assistance on which way to go and what to do next.

    Thank You

  • Reply April 22, 2018

    david goodman

    we are in our 60,s and are in desperate need of an RV toilet.

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