Local Community Resources for Seniors and Caregivers: Area Agency on Aging

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Caregivers need help and resources

Taking care of an older adult is an overwhelming challenge for 34 million Americansabout 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.

Their mission is to connect older adults to home and community-based services so more seniors can choose to age in their homes, rather than being forced to move to assisted living.

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.

 

Bottom line

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.

 

Next Step  Find the Area Agency on Aging in your area

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Image: The Davis Enterprise

19 Comments

  • 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/

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