Area agencies on aging coordinate local services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities in their communities. The Ohio Department of Aging provides funding to 12 area agencies. Agencies also receive a blend of federal, state, local, and community funds and contributions.
Each agency serves a unique region of the state. They provide supports to older adults living in their homes or in other settings of their choice. Through their aging and disability resource network call centers, the agencies help more than 300,000 Ohioans each year connect with needed resources.
Area agencies on aging:
- Help older adults become and stay healthy. Agencies offer classes that help older Ohioans make healthy choices. They provide nutrition education and counseling to help seniors meet their dietary needs. They also coordinate home delivered meals programs, which serve nearly eight million nutritious meals annually. In addition, they offer education to prevent falls, manage chronic conditions and more.
- Help older adults stay engaged. Agencies connect older adults to volunteer opportunities that allow them to give back to their communities. They also coordinate transportation programs that provide essential trips to medical appointments, business errands, shopping, and other activities.
- Help older adults remain in their homes and communities. Agencies provide access to home maintenance, repair and modification services, as well as programs and information to help with the costs of heating or cooling their homes. They offer caregiver support services and resources, as well as benefits information.
- Help older adults access needed care. Agencies help individuals and families plan for long-term care needs with free long-term care consultations. For those eligible for Medicaid, Area Agencies on Aging provide access to home and community-based long-term care services.
Services may vary by location. Eligibility guidelines may apply.