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Area Agency on Aging

Call us for answers on Aging: Ageline 1-800-243-5463

What is an Area Agency on Aging (AAA)?

The AAA is part of a nationwide network on Aging under the direction of the U.S. Administration on Aging and the Alabama Department of Senior Services. The primary responsibility of the AAA is to plan and carry out a comprehensive, coordinated service delivery system to address needs of people over 60, and help them maintain their independence.

What is the Organization’s Structure?

The Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments’ AAA is designated by the State of Alabama to develop and administer an Area Plan for Aging in the five-county service area in the northeast corner of the state. The AAA receives guidance from the Area Agency Advisory Council, and is operated under the supervision of the TARCOG Board of Directors. Partners in the AAA efforts are federal, state, and local officials, service providers, elderly constituents, and volunteer groups. TARCOG does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, or disability in employment or in the provision of services.

What do seniors need most? At TARCOG, we're here to help.What does an AAA do?

The AAA provides three important services for people in the TARCOG region, Northeast Alabama:

  • Serves as an advocate on behalf of all older persons within the service area.
  • Identifies the needs of the elderly and plans for meeting those needs through a system of in-home and community services which enable the elderly to maintain their independence and dignity.
  • Administer a wide variety of federal, state, local and private funds which support these services.

This is accomplished by working with federal, state, and local officials, elderly constituents, service providers and the private voluntary sector to coordinate existing services and to stimulate new services.

What do Seniors need most?

  • Transportation
  • Prescription Drugs
  • In-Home Services
  • Congregate Meals
  • Utility Bill Assistance
  • Group Activities
  • Legal Assistance
  • Housing/Weatherization/Chores/Maintenance
  • Healthcare/Fitness
  • Adult Day Care
  • Information & Referral
  • Crime Prevention
  • Long-term Care
  • Outreach
  • Health Insurance Counseling
  • Employment/Financial Assistance
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Mental Health Services

What Services are Available?

The AAA delivers services either through local contracts or by direct service provision and assists in the coordination of a variety of aging service programs with local governments and other agencies throughout the region.

Counseling, Support and Advocacy

Agency Services

  • Program Development
  • Program Administration
  • Program Funding
  • Technical Assistance
  • National & Regional Information & Referral Services

Senior Centers

  • Nutrition Services
  • Health Promotion/Fitness Programs
  • Transportation
  • Education Activities
  • Local Information/Referral Services
  • Arts & Crafts

Community Programs

  • Eldercare Coalitions
  • Case Management Services
  • Home-delivered Meals
  • Homemaker/Personal Care Services

Elder Abuse Protection Toolkit

The electronic format of Alabama’s Elder Abuse Protection Toolkit can be found on the home page of ADSS website. Please access the toolkit at: www.alabamaageline.gov

Senior Service Directories