In response to the growing number of seniors and their diverse needs, the Older American Act (OAA) of 1965 provides 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 principle is simple:
Older adults are entitled to spend their retirement years in good health, independence, and dignity.
To put this idea into action, the OAA created a network of Area Agencies on Aging and Native American Aging Programs in communities across the country. The Act established the Administration on Aging (AoA) at the federal level. AoA awards funds to State Units on Aging, based on the senior population. The State is divided into Planning and Service Areas (PSA); programs are 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. AAA-Region 9 includes the counties of:
Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan
Services in each county may include:
Congregate Meal and Home-Delivered Meals
Home Health and Personal Care
Elder Abuse Prevention
Health Insurance Counseling
Ombudsman Program that helps resolve complaints involving long term care facilities.
Services are available to all persons over the age of 60
—the County Senior Centers contract with the AAA for most of these services. Legal assistance is with attorneys within the 5-County area. The local health departments provide caregiver support, home health, and personal care, 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.
What We Do
Furthering our cause to help seniors is the most important goal of our organization. We seek to support, empower, and provide high-quality resources to our community in a safe and secure environment. Our success isn’t measured in terms of wealth or profit margin, but by the value we provide to those we serve.
Mobility and Transportation
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. Mobility and Transportation are things that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.
At San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing this issue. Food Services are by no means an easy feat provide, but through cooperation and community empowerment we help facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.
Contact San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging
451 Hot Springs Blvd., Pagosa Springs, CO 81147