Aging and Disability Resource Centers and Area Agencies on Aging
These organizations provide a variety of services to help older adults live independently and reduce the risk of financial exploitation.
Aging and Disability Resource Centers and Area Agencies on Aging are often eligible to receive federal, state, local or private funding to provide these services.
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)
ADRCs connect older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers to the Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) system regardless of income.
Services may include:
- Home health aide
- Financial assistance for family caregivers
- Nursing facility care
- Adult daycare
- Medication management
- Personal care services
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
An AAA is a public or private non-profit agency designated by the state to address the needs and concerns of older adults. Some AAAs have authority to investigate reports of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Services may include:
- Information and referrals to community resources
- Free and unbiased Medicare counseling
- Assistance applying for public benefits such as SNAP or Medicaid
- Educational programs (chronic disease self-management courses, assistance for older victims of crime, etc.)
Elder financial exploitation programs include:
- Elder rights
- Elder law
- Healthy living or case management
How they can contribute to working groups
Community education and outreach
ADRCs and AAAs can:
- Offer information on demographics, income levels, and cultural backgrounds of older adults living in the community
- Identify key neighborhoods and senior living communities to promote network projects and community education
- Connect the network with partner organizations and service providers throughout the community
These organizations can train network members on resources available to older adults and caregivers.
Staff at ADRCs and AAAs can face multiple challenges to contributing to a network, such as limited resources to help older victims of abuse and exploitation. Due to limited resources, there may waiting lists for services.
Types of contacts to include in your network
- Elder rights directors
- Senior law project directors
- Elder crime intervention specialists
- Elder services directors
- Community education coordinators
- Outreach coordinators
- Capacity-building directors
- Information and referral coordinators