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National Aging Network

The Administration on Aging (AoA) awards funds for nutrition and supportive home and community-based services to the 56 State Units on Aging (SUAs), 629 Area Agencies on Aging, 244 Tribal organizations, and 2 Native Hawaiian organizations. In addition, funds are awarded for disease prevention/health promotion services, elder rights programs (long-term care ombudsman program, legal services, and elder abuse prevention efforts), the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) and the Native American Caregiver Support Program (NACSP).

OAA funding for programs is allocated to each SUA based primarily on the number of persons 60 years of age and over (70 years of age and older for the NFCSP) in the state. Most states are divided into planning and service areas (PSAs), so that programs can be tailored to meet the specific needs of older persons residing in those areas. The SUA grants funds to the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) designated for each PSA. The AAA determines the needs of older persons in the PSA and works to address those needs through the funding of local services and through advocacy. The AoA grants funds directly to Federally Recognized Tribal Organizations based on the number of Tribal elders who are 60 years of age and older.  (See funding allocations to States and Tribal Organizations)

Links below provide listings of State units on aging, Area agencies on aging, member organizations as well as other valuable tools/information for use by aging services professionals.

Trends and New Directions: Findings from 2013 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) Survey

On Wednesday, May 21st at 2:00 p.m., the Administration on Aging within the Administration for Community Living (AoA/ACL) hosted the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and Scripps Gerontology Center to present the findings from the 2013 AAA survey and discuss new directions, opportunities and challenges in aging services. With a grant from the ACL/AoA n4a partnered with Scripps to conduct the 2013 National Aging Network Survey of AAA's. The survey was designed to assess the evolving role of the aging network in a balanced long-term care system. Presenters shared findings from the survey related to the following topics: Organizational Infrastructure, Key Features and Services of Area Agencies on Aging, Innovative Care Delivery, Elder Abuse Prevention, Sustainability Strategies and Business Development, and Training Needs. This webinar also explored the expanding role of the aging network in the new healthcare delivery system and identify state and national trends, using comparison data from the 2007, 2008, and 2010 surveys. The full report can be accessed at: