Isothermal Planning & Development Commission



About AAA

Mission Statement

To serve as advocate for and facilitation of a comprehensive long-term care system which meets the needs of older adults within the region and fosters an environment of independence, quality and grace.

Vision Statement

Creation of a regional long-term care system that offers services across the spectrum of care, from independent living to skilled nursing, providing easy and central access for all older adults.

Area Agencies on Aging are federally mandated organizations that serve a variety of roles in assisting older adults and their families. In 1965, Congress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA). This Act created structures at the federal, state, and local levels to administer programs for older adults. Area Agencies on Aging (AAA's) are the public or private non-profit agencies designated by the state to carry out the OAA at the local level. Area Agencies on Aging, State Units on Aging and local Service providers make up a nation-wide Aging Network of organizations that provide services and assists older adults in their communities. Although services and programs vary slightly depending on local community needs and resources, AAA's focus on the following activities:

  • Advocacy for all older Americans within their service areas. The Area Agency has a special obligation to serve and advocate for groups that have traditionally been overlooked-low-income and minority seniors, disabled older adults, and seniors living in rural areas.
  • Administration of Older Americans Act (OAA) funding, Home and Community Care Block Grant funds and other funds that allow service delivery to occur.
  • Information and Referral- The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) serves as a source of information for a wide variety of groups, individuals, businesses, and local organizations on a wide range of topics including available services, current and future demographic trends, policy issues affecting older adults, and volunteer opportunities.

AAA Activities:

  • Development, coordination, and implementation of a comprehensive care system for older adults.
  • Development of programs and resources to address gaps in services.
  • Information and referral to local, state and national recourses.
  • Family Caregiver Support Program.
  • Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
  • Administrative support of the Region's delegation to the Senior Tar Heel Legislature.
  • Medication access and management is offered in each county.
  • Legal services are provided through contracts with Legal Aid of North Carolina in Morganton for McDowell County and Legal Aid of North Carolina in Gastonia for Cleveland County. Pisgah Legal Services serves Polk and Rutherford Counties.

Updated: 03/05/2009

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October 20, 2016

Area Agency on Aging Contact Information
(828) 287-2281

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