Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) were formally established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1973 to respond to the unique and growing needs of older and disabled adults and their caregivers throughout the country. AAA’s are charged with coordinating community based services and supports to help vulnerable adults live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities.
The Older Americans Act mandates that over 600 AAAs nationwide develop a consumer- and community-directed service delivery model that meets local needs and preferences. Although AAAs have flexibility in their service delivery structures, all AAAs play a key role in the planning, development, coordination, and delivery of the same five core services which include:
- Supportive Services
- Elder Rights
- Caregiver Support
- Health and Wellness
As part of a national network of AAA’s, the Albemarle Commission AAA works to strengthen home and community care for older adults by providing a range of services that may assist them in remaining independent and in their homes for as long as safely possible. The AAA promotes the highest level of well-being of older adults and their families by partnering with other organizations to provide a comprehensive system of opportunities, services, and protective services. The AAA is a leader in helping older adults in our ten county region lead more independent, vibrant lives. In addition to the core AAA functions, North Carolina AAAs administer the following programs:
- Home and Community Based Services
- Evidence Based Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
- Local Contact Agency (LCA)
- Support to the NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature
- Support to the Regional Aging Advisory Committees
The Albemarle Commission AAA serves older adults and their caregivers in the following counties of Northeast North Carolina: Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington.
The AAA’s mission to empower senior adults to enhance their quality of life through training, education, mediation, advocacy and coordination of services.