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Area Agency on Aging Service Area

About the Area Agency on Aging

The Old Colony Planning Council is the designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for twenty-three communities in southeastern Massachusetts. The AAA service region includes the seventeen member communities of the Old Colony planning district and six additional communities that together make up the AAA service region.

As the designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for this region, we are responsible for the establishment of a comprehensive, coordinated system of community-based supportive services and nutrition services for the elders in our region. To achieve this goal, the Agency administers grant funding authorized under the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965. This funding is allocated through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. In addition to our responsibilities as an AAA, we also administer the long-term care Ombudsman program for our region.

Local OAA Funding

With input and guidance provided by the AAA Advisory Committee, the Area Agency on Aging establishes service priority areas for funding under a four-year Area Plan (see below). In federal fiscal year 2011, the OCPC-AAA provided grant funding to community-based organizations for service provision in the following areas:

Annually, the OCPC-AAA typically distributes over $1,500,000 in Older Americans Act funding for these services, resulting in over 300,000 hours/units of service to over 2,000 individuals in our region.

AAA Area Plan

Download AAA Area Plan

In keeping with the goals and objectives of the Older Americans Act (OAA), the primary functions and responsibilities of the OCPC's Area Agency on Aging are to advocate on behalf of all persons age 60 and over in our region, to plan and to develop services, and to administer a wide variety of funds to public and private local providers for the provision of home and community-based support services.

The Area Plan of OCPC-AAA is a four-year plan describing the goals and objectives of the Agency, a description of existing programs, and conclusions from the Agency's public outreach events held in the elder community.

The Area Plan is available for download in PDF format here.

AAA CARES Act Recovery Assistance

The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is responsible for the establishment of a comprehensive, coordinated system of community-based supportive services and nutrition services for the elders in our region.

During April 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $955 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities as communities implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the country. The grants will fund home-delivered meals; care services in the home; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; including information about and referral to these supports. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides supplemental funding for programs authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Through these programs, a network of community-based organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, senior centers, faith-based organizations, and other non-profits provide a vast array of resources and services to help older adults and people with disabilities stay healthy and live independently in their communities across the United States.

For more information, please contact David Klein at dklein@ocpcrpa.org.