SAN JUAN BASIN
AREA AGENCY ON AGING
Serving Region 9 - Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma
and San Juan Counties
BACKGROUND
In response to the growing number of seniors and their diverse needs,
the Older American Act (OAA)
of 1965 was enacted to provide a range
of support services to allow older persons to live independently, even if
they are not fully able to care for themselves. The OAA is based on the
principle that older adults are entitled to spend their retirement years
in good health, independence and dignity.   To put this ideal into action,
the OAA created a network of 900 Area Agencies on Aging and Native
American aging programsin communities across the country.  

The Act established the Administration on Aging (AoA) at the federal
level.   AoA award funds to State Units on Aging, based on the senior
population.  The State is divided into Planning and Service Areas (PSA)
so programs can be effectively developed and targeted to meet the
unique needs of the elderly residing in that area.

Colorado funds 16 AAAs, which in turn fund local service providers.
Local Region 9 includes Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and
San Juan counties.  Services in each county may include congregate
mealand home delivered meals; transportation; home chore; home health and personal care; legal
services and elder and elder abuse prevention; caregiver support, information and referral; health
insurance counseling; client assessment and care management; employment services and volunteer
opportunities; and an ombudsman program that helps resolve complaints involving long term care
facilities.    

Services are available to all older persons over the age of 60.  The County Senior Centers contract
with the AAA for most of these services.  Legal services is with attorneys within the 5-County area.    
Caregiver support, home health, and personal care are provided by the local health departments, and
the required long term care Ombudsman and Registered Dietitian are independent contracts, funded
by the AAA.

Request for Proposals (RFP) for services are accepted annually, usually in April.


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San Juan Basin
Area Agency on Aging
451 Hot Springs Blvd.
P.O. Box 5456
Pagosa Springs,CO
81147

Tele: 970.264.0501
Fax:   888.290.3566