www.n4a.org – The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Advocacy. Action. Answers.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) helps older adults, and people with disabilities, live with dignity and remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Through advocacy, training, and technical assistance, n4a has emerged as the leading voice on aging issues for Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and as champions of Title VI Native American aging programs. Through action, they move their agendas forward.

AAAs was established under the Older Americans Act to respond to the needs of Americans 60 and over. They provide a range of options that allow older adults to choose the home and community-based services and living arrangements that suit them best. Title VI Native American aging programs provide nutritional and support services to older American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and their elders.

There are many valuable links on this website, like the Eldercare locator to find community-based serviceswww.eldercare.gov, which provides boomers and their parents with access to needed resources to navigate this life stage.  Free brochures are offered on topics such as winter warmth and safety, employment options, transportation options, preventing falls at home, and how families can stay in touch during crises.  Time-sensitive emails -Advocacy Alerts – share policy news and positions, healthcare reform and legislative updates.

This website is fully loaded with information, including the 2009-2010 Directory of Aging Resources featuring over 7000 contacts for Area Agencies on Aging, State Units on Aging, and local information and referral services under theResources and Publications section. Don’t miss the events calendar which provides current information/news links.

This site may be your very first step when you find yourself in the position of caregiver. It is highly recommended by Gail Sheehy, in her book Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence.