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

21 Comments

  • 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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