When it comes to caring for elderly parents, you are not alone. Promoting and encouraging the health, independence and dignity of America’s seniors is a mission of the federal government and the states. The passage of the Older Americans Act in 1965 by Congress established the Administration on Aging, which is tasked with developing “a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.” To accomplish this goal, AoA distributes grant monies to states to fund state and community-based services or resources that provide assistance to seniors and their families with transportation, assistance with daily living activities, health care and nutrition.

To receive grant funding, states are required to have a unit that is responsible for writing a State Plan on Aging that details how services and resources are coordinated to serve seniors and individuals with disabilities in their state. Oftentimes this unit also distributes grant monies to locally-based Area Agencies on Aging that work directly with seniors and their families. States also offer Aging and Disability Resource Centers that connect seniors and their families to resources offered in their county or throughout the state.

Below is a listing of states and the agency that serves as an advocate and resource for the seniors in their state.

State State Agency or Department Aging and Disability Resource Center
Alabama Department of Senior Services Aging and Disability Resource Center
Alaska Senior and Disabilities Services Division Area Agencies on Aging
Arizona Division of Aging and Adult Services AZ Links
Arkansas Division of Aging and Adult Services Choices in Living Resource Center
California Department of Aging Area Agencies on Aging
Colorado Aging and Adult Services Area Agencies on Aging
Connecticut Aging Services Division Area Agencies on Aging
Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities Aging and Disability Resource Connection
Florida Department of Elder Affairs Area Agencies on Aging
Georgia Division of Aging Services Aging and Disability Resource Connection
Hawai’i Executive Office of Aging Aging and Disability Resource Center
Illinois Department of Aging Area Agencies on Aging
Indiana Division of Aging Area Agencies on Aging
Iowa Department of Aging LifeLong Links Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Aging and Disability Resource Center Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living Aging and Disability Resource Guide Louisiana Office of Elderly Affairs Area Agencies on Aging Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services Area Agencies on Aging Maryland Department of Aging Maryland Access Point (MAP) Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs Aging and Disabilities Information Locator Michigan Office of Services to the Aging Area Agencies on Aging Minnesota Board on Aging Senior Link Mississippi Department of Human Services Area Agencies on Aging Missouri Senior & Disability Services Aging Information Network Montana Senior & Long Term Care Division Area Agencies on Aging Nebraska Division of Medicaid & Long-Term Care Aging and Disability Resource Center Nevada Aging & Disability Services Division Nevada’s Care Connection New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services ServiceLink New Jersey Division of Aging Services Aging and Disability Resource Connection New Mexico Aging & Long-Services Department Aging and Disability Resource Center New York Office for the Aging NY Connects North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services Community Resource Connections for Aging and Disabilities North Dakota Adults and Aging Services Aging and Disability Resource-LINK Ohio Department of Aging Area Agencies on Aging Oklahoma Aging Services Division Area Agencies on Aging Oregon Aging and People with Disabilities Aging and Disability Resource Connection Pennsylvania Department of Aging Area Agencies on Aging Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs The Point South Carolina Office on Aging SC Access South Dakota Division of Adult Services and Aging Area Agencies on Aging Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability Aging and Disability Resource Center Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Area Agencies on Aging Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services Aging and Disability Resource Connection Vermont Division of Disability and Aging Area Agencies on Aging Virginia Division for the Aging Virginia Easy Access Washington Aging & Disability Services Administration Area Agencies on Aging West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services Aging and Disability Resource Center Wisconsin Services for the Elderly Area Agencies on Aging Wyoming Aging Division Aging and Disability Resource Center