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In 1977, the Directors of Pennsylvania’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) joined together in creating a statewide organization to represent their collective interests and strengthen their professional role within the Aging Network. Today this Organization, incorporated as the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A), has come to represent both the best interests of older Pennsylvanians and its AAA Membership by fostering collaboration in areas of:

  • Advocacy
  • Leadership
  • Training
  • Policy


By virtue of its Membership structure, the Association affords Pennsylvania’s 52 AAAs the opportunity to have direct input into broad issues of statewide and national import, while retaining responsiveness to the character and unique needs of each local community. In this forum, the Association’s Members benefit from the knowledge and capabilities of others throughout the Commonwealth – allowing them to evolve quality standards and procedure reflecting contemporary statewide thinking and demonstrated best practice.


P4A Mission Statement

To represent and strengthen the role and professional interests of Area Agencies on Aging, promote excellence in the development and provision of community based services for older adults, and represent the special needs and interests of Older Pennsylvanians through coordinated and collaborative efforts, including advocating for appropriate legislation, influencing policy development, and developing professional standards.