Area Agency on Aging

Also known as: AAoA, Office on Aging

Last Updated: October 23, 2020

Written by the Open Caregiving Team. Editorial review by Joyce O. Murphy RN, MSN.

What is an Area Agency on Aging?

Area Agencies on Aging are organizations that share information about local resources and support with people who are aging and their caregivers. “Area Agency on Aging” is a general term so your local agency may have a different name.

What does an Area Agency on Aging do?

Area Agencies on Aging offer local service information to caregivers at little or no cost. They are often the first place that a caregiver should go to find affordable resources near them. Here is a list of services your local Area Agency on Aging may refer you to:

  • Caregiver Training and Support
    • Help with medication management
    • Respite care services
    • Transportation & scooters
    • Medical equipment and supplies
    • Caregiver support groups
  • Case Management Support
  • Home or Community Meals
  • Adult Day Care & Companionship
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman
  • Counseling about:
    • Finances and money
    • Legal issues
    • Insurances
    • Benefits like Social Security
    • Therapy for mental health
  • Homemaker Services
  • Personal Care Services
  • Nutrition & Wellness Programs

How do I find my local Area Agency on Aging?

You’ll reach your local Area Agency on Aging by using the online Eldercare Locator or by calling the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116. Area Agency on Aging is a general term. Your local Area Agency on Aging may have a different name.

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