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Area Agency on Aging (AAA)


Who We Are:

Area Agency on Aging promotes the highest level of well being of older adults and their families by partnering with organizations to provide a comprehensive system of opportunities, services, and protective services. The AAA is a leader and catalyst in helping older adults in our four county region lead more independent, vibrant lives. As part of a national network of aging agencies established by the Older Americans Act, we work to strengthen home and community care for older adults.

What We Offer:

  • Long Term Care Ombudsman - The Ombudsman Program is an advocate for residents’ rights and is responsible for investigating complaints made by, or on behalf of, nursing and adult care home residents. Ombudsmen work with residents, family members, concerned citizens, facilities, and public or private agencies to enhance the quality of care and life for residents in long term care facilities.
  • Senior Community Services Employment Program - SCSEP provides unemployed, 55 and older, low-income adults with training to gain meaningful part-time work experience in community service at a non-profit or governmental organization, as well as unsubsidized employment in the private sector.
  • Family Caregiver Support Program & Project C.A.R.E. - The National Family Caregiver Support Program was established to help family and informal caregivers care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. FSCP helps caregivers by providing information to connect them with the right resources; counseling, support groups, and education; respite (short term relief); and short term or one time only services. Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) can assist caregivers of people with dementia by providing a Family Consultant to help resolve caregiving issues.
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention - Community-based prevention programs save lives and money. They also support older adults in maintaining optimal physical, mental, and emotional health. The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention efforts are focused on partnering to deliver evidence-based health promotion programs; reducing the number of falls and fall related injuries; and self-management of chronic diseases.
  • Senior Tar Heel Legislature - The Senior Tar Heel Legislature was created to provide information to senior citizens on the legislative process and matters being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly; promote citizen involvement and advocacy concerning aging issues; and assess the legislative needs of older citizens by convening a forum modeled after the North Carolina General Assembly.

The volunteer programs connects adults 55 and older with the people and organizations that need them the most. We help them become mentors and companions or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects. These are programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency. More than five million Americans are engaging in services through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and United We Serve.

  • Foster Grandparent Program - Foster Grandparents are individuals who thrive on direct interaction with children and believe they can make a difference in their lives. They serve as a mentor, tutor, and loving caregivers to children and youth with specials needs. Foster Grandparents help children develop the skills, confidence and strength to succeed in life.
  • Senior Companion Program - Senior Companions serve the homebound elderly who need daily attention and assistance with small tasks such as preparing meals, visiting the doctor, or shopping. They provide friendship and support and enable those they serve to maintain their independence and improve the quality of their life in the later years.

Giving Back Is Good For You, Too
Older Americans who volunteer frequently live longer and report better health. Volunteering can also lead to more friendship and a more positive attitude.

 

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