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Area Agencies on Aging: Find Local Resources

Area Agencies on Aging: Find Local Resources

Find Local Resources

The National Aging Network, headed by the Administration on Aging, includes 56 state Agencies on Aging, 622 Area Agencies on Aging, and more than 260 Native American aging programs. All individuals age 60 and older are eligible for services through this network. Most services are delivered on the local level by Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). 

AAAs are public or private nonprofit agencies designated by a state to address the needs and concerns of all older persons at the regional and local levels. AAAs operate in specific service areas that may include a city, county, or multi-county districts. AAA is a general term—names of local AAAs may vary

AAAs coordinate and offer services that help older adults remain in their homes or stay engaged in the community. Services vary widely, but a list of typical offerings is included below. By making a range of supports available, AAAs make it possible for older individuals to choose the services and living arrangements that suit them best.

To help individuals find services, the federal government established the Eldercare Locator. The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. 

Older adults and caregivers should tap into these federal, state and local resources to get the help they need to age well or to care for an aging loved one.

  • Call the Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116
  • Visit: eldercare.gov
  • Email:  eldercarelocator@USAging.org

Services Provided by Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs)

• Adult Day Care is available for individuals who need daytime supervision.

• Case Management Services are conducted by professionals who can assess needs and arrange for services to encourage continued independence.

• Elder Abuse Prevention Programs provide investigative services and intervention in cases of abuse.

• Financial Assistance and benefit counseling is conducted by professionals.

• Home Health Services provide needed care in the home environment.

• Home Repair Programs help older adults complete needed repairs to avoid major problems.

• Home Modification Programs provide renovations to make the home safer and more secure for individuals who choose to age in place.

• Legal Assistance is available for individuals aged 60 and older with legal problems involving government benefits, tenant rights and consumer issues.

• Nutrition Services Programs provide home delivered meals to homebound individuals and congregate meals in specified locations in the community.

• Respite Care provides caregivers with a much needed break from the constant care and supervision of their elderly loved one.

• Senior Centers offer educational, recreational and social activities for older adults.

• Transportation Programs can provide door-to-door transit for individuals who do not have private transportation and/or cannot use public transportation.

To find services near you, visit n4a.org.

District of Columbia

  • Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL)    202-724-5626    dacl.dc.gov

Maryland

  • Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission    301-777-5970    alleganyhrdc.org
  • Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities    410-222-4257    www.aacounty.org/departments/aging-and-disabilities
  • Baltimore City Division of Aging and Care Services    410-396-4932    health.baltimorecity.gov/programs/seniors
  • Baltimore County Department of Aging     410-887-2109    baltimorecountymd.gov/departments/aging
  • Calvert County Office on Aging    410-535-4606    calvertcountymd.gov/113/Office-on-Aging
  • Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities    410-386-3800    carrollcountymd.gov/aging-and-disabilities
  • Cecil County Department of Community Services    410-996-5295    ccgov.org/government/community-services/aging-and-disability-services
  • Charles County Aging and Human Services    301-934-9305    charlescountymd.gov/services/aging-and-senior-services
  • Frederick County Senior Services Division    301-600-1234    frederickcountymd.gov/54/Senior-Services
  • Garrett County Area Agency on Aging    301-334-9431    garrettcac.org/index.php/aging-and-nutrition-services
  • Harford County Office on Aging    410-638-3025    harfordcountymd.gov/651/Office-on-Aging
  • Howard County Office on Aging and Independence    410-313-6410    howardcountymd.gov/aging
  • MAC, Inc. (Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester Counties)    410-742-0505    macinc.org
  • Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Srvs.    240-777-3000    montgomerycountymd.gov/hhs
  • Prince George’s Department of Family Services    301-265-8450    princegeorgescountymd.gov/1644/Older-Adult-Services
  • Queen Anne’s County Area Agency on Aging    410-758-0848    qac.org/155/Area-Agency-on-Aging-Senior-Centers
  • St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Service    301-475-4200    stmarysmd.com/aging
  • Upper Shore Aging (Caroline, Kent, Somerset, Talbot Counties)    410-778-6000    uppershoreaging.org
  • Washington County Commission on Aging    301-790-0275    wccoaging.org

Northern Virginia

  • Alexandria Division of Aging & Adult Services    703-746-5999    alexandriava.gov/Aging
  • Arlington Agency on Aging    703-228-1700    arlingtonva.us/Government/Departments/DHS/Aging-Disability
  • Fairfax Area Agency on Aging    703-324-7948    fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/older-adults
  • Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging    703-777-0257    loudoun.gov/1104/Area-Agency-on-Aging
  • Prince William Area Agency on Aging    703-792-6374    pwcva.gov/department/area-agency-aging
  • Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging    540-635-7141    shenandoahaaa.com


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