Do you know about the Area Agency on Aging? 

When we need help for our aging parents it’s often hard to know where to turn to first. Do you need counseling around insurance or Medicare issues? Need an advocate for an older adult in a nursing or assisted living community? Need help coordinating short-term care for an aging parent? Nutrition, medication, caregiver support or other information? These are some of the services that can be provided by a resource that’s paid for by your tax dollars.

Area Agencies on Aging is a network of more than 600 non-profit organizations across the United States created by Congress. They’re designed to be one-stop shops with information about available programs, services and housing options in your area.

Kim & Mike Barnes of Parenting Aging Parents talk with Patty Bordie, the Director of the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area. She explains how the AAA works, the core services they all provide, and who/how they can help. While it’s not a long term solution, it can get you started in the right direction.

The easiest way to find the AAA closest to you is to do an internet search using “Area Agency on Aging” and your city or county. Each AAA provides the same core services and may have additional services depending on how much funding they get.