Agencies on Aging - A Resource for Seniors and Families
Area Agencies on Aging offer many programs to local seniors to help
them to continue to safely live at home, or to serve as a voice
for seniors living in a long-term care environment or assisted living
through a Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Many Agencies on Aging
offer classes, programs, and services such as delivered meals, transportation,
and legal assistance. Article By:David Besnette
- Founder/Editor for Assisted Living Directory
For most of
us, aging isn't something that we actively think about every
day, especially if you are younger, and in good health. Many
of us still have our parents around, and if we're lucky, they
are thriving in their golden years, and enjoying the perks and
activities of retirement.
However, there may come
a time for all of us where we abruptly need to assume the role
of caregiver for a parent or loved one who has suddenly fallen
ill; or perhaps is newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's or a memory
disorder. Many times, the children of aging parents don't live
in the same city - and may have children of their own (i.e.
the "sandwich generation"), which further complicates
things and adds to the stress and logistics of caring multiple
arms of the family tree.
There's usually no advance
training for this new role of caregiver, and no handbook or
class that we've taken in advance to prepare us for the physical,
mental, and emotional demands of managing the well-being...often
remotely...of a loved one who can no longer live alone, or without
some type of assistance.
One of the first decisions
that might need to be made is whether mom or dad can stay at
home, or if he or she (or sometimes both) may be better off
living in an assisted living-type environment. Much of this
decision may hinge on how much external support there may be
offered in terms of local senior programs, volunteers, and if
there is a local Area Agency on Aging, which often times will
coordinate many facets of care and support for seniors who need
Video Talking About The Many Services Offered By A Typical Area
Agency on Aging:
on Aging - a sometimes overlooked resource for seniors
- is a wonderful place to start if you would like to try to
keep your loved one at home, while ensuring that they will receive
the proper support needed to remain independent and healthy.
Area Agencies on Aging
were "established under the Older
Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans
60 and over in every local community."
Most Area Agencies
on Aging, or "AAA's" allocate both federal dollars
as well as state funds to offer and manage programs for seniors
Home delivered meals (meals on wheels)
Senior Nutrition Services
Physical Fitness and
Legal assistance and advice
Transportation services (to and from shopping/medical appointments)
Congregate meal services
Personal visits to assess health and well-being
Volunteers to visit seniors to keep them from feeling isolated
Health advice and assessments
Adult day care/respite
Connecting Seniors with
Senior Volunteer Opportunities
Respite services (which provides a break, or relief for caregivers,
which allows the caregiver to recuperate and rest, so he or
she may continue effectively with caregiving)
Many agencies on aging also have phone numbers (often
toll-free) allocated for different purposes such as:
Caregiver help and support
Connecting seniors with
important community resources and local providers.
Although there are often no financial/income requirements to
be qualified for assistance with an agency on aging - they are
intended for seniors of a lower-income status, or who may be
frail or with significant health or mobility issues.
Many Agencies on Aging
also offer what is called a "Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program."
A Long-Term Care Ombudsman is essentially a person, or persons
who advocate for seniors living in assisted living facilities
or other long-term care environments. These Ombudsmen can serve
as a neutral, 3rd party voice to investigate complaints; look
into possible elder abuse; working with and educating the staff
at assisted living facilities; helping seniors to find assisted
living/long-term care that meets their needs; and much more.
In addition, many Area
Agency on Aging websites offer publications and newsletters
that offer information and guidance on many issues related to
aging, such as:
Alzheimer's and Dementia
Medicaid and Medicare
Caregiving Costs and Expenses
Agencies on Aging may
vary slightly from area to area in terms of services offered,
however, they exist to support and act as a voice for seniors
so they can continue living as independently, safely, and as
healthy as possible. Agencies on Aging can serve as a valuable
starting point for families or individuals assuming the role
of caregiver for an aging parent or loved one - or for seniors
who live alone and need assistance and support.
- Article by the
staff at Assisted Living Directory
to this article:
It makes me think about how thankful I am to be living in a country
where such resources like Agencies on Aging are available. We have
it pretty good!
3 Janurary 2013 at 11:54 am
It is unfortunate that many families don't know about these services
and benefits which are often times largely free. Our AAA has been
extraordinarily helpful to me in finding respite care. My dad has
18 September 2012 at 2:55 pm
Agencies on Aging are wonderful and lifesaving if you or a family
member live in a rural area that doesn't have many city services
28 February 2012 at 2:34 pm
Do most agencies on aging do some sort of advertising or promotion
to 'get the word out' about what they have to offer? I don't really
see much about them in most senior publications. I assume that they
go in person to many of the facilities and make their 'presense'
known to the staff and residents, and hopefully educate them on
what they have to offer, or how they can help.
31 January 2012 at 11:44 am
Our agency on aging helped us to find very needed adult day care
services in our area that were a perfect fit for our family's needs,
and for our mother. I was surprised at how readily helpful this
service is, and how (apparently) few people use it, or aware of
Agencies on Aging.
9 January 2012 at 12:50 pm
I've never heard about this agency before. But its always touching
to know that agencies like this are formed to help the seniors.
6 December 2011 at 11:52 pm
Agencies on Aging were always sort of a mystery to me, but I guess
they are here to serve local seniors. It's nice to know that many
of their services are free.
16 October 2011 at 8:49 pm
I would like to be added to the list for caregiver positions in
the Madison, Indiana area. I recently was employed with Lifetime
Resources and resigned from the position. I have worked with seniors
many different times and would like to be added to the list. The
codes that you had listed that I am qualified to do are these:
25 July 2011 at 8:47 am
I don't know what I would be doing if I hadn't gotten the support
from our local AAA in Missouri. They've helped me with everything
- and I am still able to live at home. I am 72 years old.
7 April 2011 at 11:51 am
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