For more than 40 years, Pennsylvania’s 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) have served the Commonwealth’s 67 counties as a focal point of services for our aging population. These AAAs, both county and non-profit, are a vital source for information, planning, monitoring, providing cost-effective care, and advocating for Pennsylvania’s older citizens. AAAs are community designers and builders of support systems that enable older people to be active and vital in their communities. AAAs also serve as a gatekeeper, providing assessment and options as alternatives to costly institutionalization.
AAAs provide a wide variety of social services and support that make it possible for people to remain in their home and community by providing:
Single point of entry into the “Aging Network” and its comprehensive service system that provides unbiased access to resources and assistance.
Knowledge of federal, state and community resources for consumers and their families.
Assistance to enable older people to remain in their home with dignity and maximum independence.
Development, support and integration of vast reserves of volunteer resources and community dollars.
Information and assistance to link consumers and families to services and supports.
Advocacy and protection for older adults who are at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation.