Area Agency on Aging
A phone call. Just one phone call. A phone call I did not want to make. A phone call that for me was admitting that I needed help. But that phone call brought me undeniable help I could not have imagined.
Seniors and their families are often confounded by the complexity of issues they face. That’s why we’re here. Whether you are facing a crisis with a parent or loved one or in need of assistance in navigating the aging experience, the Aging Network is here to help.
Through each life stage the Area Agency on Aging and the Aging Network provide seniors and adults with disabilities in our communities with programs and services that promote their dignity, independence, health and well -being. For caregivers, we strive to ease the confusion and anxiety of caring for a loved one. By administering programs supported by local, state and federal funding, along with the generosity of individuals and organizations, we work to improve the quality of life for those whose lives we touch.
We help. The Area Agency on Aging’s Helpline is the gateway to services for seniors provided under the Older Americans Act. Helpline specialists help clients enroll in Medicaid, provide information and assistance with in-home services, adult day care, home delivered meals, congregate meals, respite care, personal care and prescription savings. Specialists may also provide energy related financial assistance on an individual basis to keep the power on or fix a broken heating or cooling system.
We empower. The Area Agency on Aging and its provider partners in the Aging Network provide a variety of services that make it possible for elders to live independently in their own homes including home-delivered meals, in-home help, nutrition education, transportation, medical supplies and outreach companionship. Our Healthy Living Center’s focus on prevention, intervention, chronic disease management, wellness screening and education empower and improve quality of life.
We enrich. Our programs enhance the lives of seniors by offering opportunities for them to reach out to the community and connect with all ages in a meaningful way. Our intergenerational Foster Grandparent enriches the lives of low-income seniors (and many children) by giving them the opportunity to serve as mentors and tutors to children in pre-K through 3rd grade.
We educate. We provide health education on important issues such as medication management, osteoporosis, injury prevention, mental health and Alzheimer’s disease. To help seniors make sense of the often-complicated Medicare programs, our SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteer counselors provide free, unbiased health insurance counseling, including decoding medical statements, filing claims, and when necessary, processing appeals.
We comfort. Our caregiver support programs help relieve the emotional, physical and financial hardships of individuals providing care through a variety of services, including training, counseling, group adult day care programs, housing improvements, legal services and medical supplies when necessary.
We advocate. We provide assistance to elders who are victims of a crime through personal advocacy, criminal justice support and assistance in filing for victim compensation claims. In accordance with the Older Americans Act, we comment on all actions affecting seniors and their welfare. We are active in policy development and provide training to advocates on senior issues.
Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc.
4400 North Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407