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:
- Minority Elder Outreach and Supportive Services
- Personal Care Services
- Services for Disabled Elders
- Legal Services
- Emergency Assistance
- Congregate and Home-Delivered Meals
- Family Caregiver Support Services
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
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.