Area Agency on Aging
About UsThe Monterey County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is part of a nationwide network of services designed to assist low-income residents as they age. Every local AAA determines the priorities in their area and then decides how to use limited resources to meets those needs. As a result, there can be big differences in AAAs across California and the United States.
The mission of the Monterey County AAA is to provide leadership in addressing issues that relate to older Monterey County residents; to develop community-based systems of care that provide services which support independence, and which protect the quality of life of older persons and persons with functional impairments; and to promote citizen involvement in the planning and delivery of services.
Current EventsUpcoming Events/Trainings
2019 Elder Justice Summit
The 2019 Elder Justice Summit is fast approaching! Each year, in recognition of Elder Abuse Awareness Month, Monterey County Department of Social Services and other community partners work together to hold an annual Summit focusing on different topics impacting older adults and people with disabilities. Our Summit this year is titled "Staying Engaged As We Age" and is a full-day event focusing on preventing social isolation and will be held on June 21, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Oldemeyer Center in Seaside.
The morning session will include a keynote address by Dr. Patrick Arbore from the Institute on Aging. The afternoon will consist of four breakout sessions in which attendees will focus on a specific topic that addresses an aspect of social isolation. The benefits of staying engaged as we age can’t be understated.
Research has shown the negative health effects of isolation and loneliness as associated with higher rates of chronic health conditions, including heart disease, weakened immune system, depression and anxiety, dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, admission to nursing homes and death. Prolonged isolation can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. It is estimated that one in five adults over age 50 are affected by isolation.
According to the 2017 U.S. Census, American Community Survey, Monterey County’s 60+ population is 76,257 or 17.60% of the population. This is a 3.3% increase in the past year. It is estimated that one in five residents will be 60 or older by 2020. The same expansion is occurring across California and the U.S. and estimates show that the senior age group will be larger than all those under 18 by the year 2030. One of the fastest growing population segments is the 80+ age group.
If you would like to learn more about social isolation and ways the community can support older adults, please register for this free event (light breakfast and lunch provided) at https://2019elderjusticesummit.eventbrite.com.
The AAA is looking for opportunities to coordinate Matter of Balance Classes for seniors in all areas of Monterey County. This nationally recognized and award winning program is designed to help seniors manage concerns about falling. Certainly falling is the #1 reason why seniors go to hospital emergency rooms but staying home is not the answer. There is a BETTER WAY where seniors do not have to limit their activities and includes a simple exercise routine designed to increase flexibility, strength, and endurance.
Call (831) 796-3530 if you are interested in hosting or attending a class!
- 2018 Community Responses to Elder Care Symposium: On September 15, 2018, approximately 130 individuals from non-profit agencies, government agencies, faith organizations and the community came together to identify issues and create solutions around the topic of elder care.
- Homeless Women on the Monterey Peninsula: Key Findings by the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
- Health in Housing: Exploring the Intersections between Housing and Health Care by CORE Center
for Outcomes Research and Education.
- A Shattered System: Reforming Long-Term Care in California by California Senate Select Committee
on Aging and Long Term Care.
Service Provider CornerWould you like to contract with the AAA to provide services to older adults?
- The AAA is part of Monterey County and works with the Contracts/Purchasing Office. The AAA looks for most contractors/vendors through a Request for Proposal process every 4 years.
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- The AAA operates under strict regulations and the Handbook provides general guidance on local policies and procedures.
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- There are many requirements of the AAA and subcontractors that provide services.
Click Here to Link to the California Department on Aging Website to Find Out More