Area Agency on Aging

The Area Agency on Aging ( AAA) works on behalf of older adults and their caregivers in the seven southwestern counties of North Carolina. The Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging was established in 1980 as mandated by the 1977 Amendments of the Older Americans Act in order for a Planning and Service Area (PSA) to receive funds from the Act.

The Area Agency on Aging is charged with the following responsibilities

  • Information and Referral for Older Adults
  • Operation of the Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
  • Operation of the Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Allocation of Funding for Services
  • Development of a four-year plan for Aging Services
  • Technical Assistance to Agencies which serve Older Adults
  • Projects which promote awareness of Elder Abuse and Neglect
  • Administrative Support of the region’s delegation to the NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)- coordination in all counties.

Administrative duties include the following

  • Agency Management and Staffing
  • Planning
  • Funds Administration, Provider Monitoring, and Quality Assurance
  • Information Brokerage
  • Program and Resource Development
  • Advocacy

Work Plan

The AAA prepares a four year work plan, the latest covering the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016. The AAA assists counties as they study the needs of older adults and plan to meet those needs. The goal of all these plans is to enable older adults to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.