Finding Elder Care and Disability Resources

Finding eldercare and disability resources can sometimes seem impossible. The needs are usually urgent, but where do you begin to look? If you are seeking assistance for seniors living at home and have ever wondered where to find a source for community senior and disability resources and services near you, keep reading!

My Guest

My guest for this episode is Charlotte McHenry, President and CEO of Senor Connection Center, which is the Area Agency on Aging for Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee Highlands, and Hardy counties in Florida. Charlotte has served 3 different AAAs over the span of her career and is very well versed in the aging and disability services space. I appreciate that she took some time to chat with me and uncover the mystery of locating local resources!

The Older American’s Act

Created in 1965, The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds critical services that keep older adults healthy and independent. Specific programs and services vary slightly from agency to agency, but in general, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) fund and/or provides services like delivered meals, job training, insurance navigation assistance, wellness programs/education, benefits enrollment assistance, caregiver support, transportation, and more. The act established Area Agencies on Aging for every community in the US. See the Links section below to access more information.

Meeting Needs Locally

The great thing about AAAs is that each agency serves its local community, so services and programs are tailored to the specific needs of the community. Funded by federal, state, grant, and private dollars, AAAs are not just a place to find resources, but they are funders of many local programs, their local provider network, in your community. They are highly collaborative with local community partners and work closely with the state unit on aging.

My conversation with Charlotte is jam-packed with information. Listen to the full interview here or keep scrolling for the full transcript.

Liz Craven
Author: Liz Craven

Liz Craven, along with her husband Wes, owns Pro-Ad Media, publisher of Sage Aging ElderCare Guide, serving the local community for over 28 years. Liz lives in Lakeland and is very active in the local community, specifically in the area of aging. Liz serves on a number of local boards and committees including the Lakeland Vision and Age Friendly Lakeland.