Area Agencies on Aging.

Every county has one.  Call them for guidance and local resources.

Every county has an Area Agency on Aging.

It is estimated that nearly 30% of the general population provides some oversight or care for an older loved one.  Decades ago, Federal legislation led to the establishment of an Area Agency on Aging office in every county in the United States. Among the offices’ missions, is to provide local aging information and resources to its county residents.   As part of this resource information summary, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging created the Eldercare Locator to provide by zip code or city/county, resources that may be available.

The ElderCare Locator and Area Agencies on Aging

When contacting these offices, be sure to ask about:

  1. Local support services for your loved one.
  2. Housing options and ways to pay for them.
  3. Elder rights in the event you have issues with a loved one’s care or have experienced fraud or abuse.
  4. Any local assistance or grants, meals on wheels, Adult Day Center options, for daily supervision.
  5. Transportation resources.  As much as an adult child or family member would like to drive an older loved one to various appointments, the responsibilities of our own daily lives may keep us from being able to do transport our loved ones every time. Your local Area Agency on Aging may have ideas about that or may know a local Aging Life Care professional (Geriatric Care Manager) that can help you arrange needed transportation.

Visit the ElderCare Locator.

The Elder Care Locator is another useful research tool.  You may want to explore its results for your local area. 

Access the Elder Care Locator by Clicking Here

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