Departments of aging provide assistance to help seniors manage complex life needs and requirements that come with aging and maintain their quality of life. These services include home care, social benefits, adult employment and medical care. They also help with financial and special health care programs that improve senior independence and empowerment. These departments have local networks that provide community-based adult, senior and elder services managed by area agencies on aging.
Each agency of aging is a part of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging that was established under the Older Americans Act to meet the needs for justice, insurance and quality of life for citizens over 60. Elders are not the only demographic to benefit from special services and assistance. Beneficiaries also include senior people with disabilities and the adult population older than 60, as well as family caregivers. Older people can accomplish essential daily activities with dignity, such as buying groceries or visiting the doctor's office, with help from agencies on aging and affiliated local councils and offices. Seniors can additionally use home-care services, receive home-delivered meals, reside at senior centers, get bonus medical benefits, and use transportation benefits and legal services to help with typical age-related issues and abuse.
Departments of aging are all government offices in charge of senior citizen affairs at the state level. However, the network of area agencies on aging can include public authorities, such as local councils and offices on aging. Departments may also include non-profit organizations that deal with elder issues and private service providers of elderly care and assistance.