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

community resources for seniors

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


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