Providing Advocacy and Education
The New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging represents New York State's 59 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), also known as the Offices for the Aging, throughout New York State.
The 59 agencies are largely responsible for designing, funding and coordinating programs that maintain older New York State residents in their homes and postpone the need for more medically intensive and costly health care services and to avoid what's often referred to as "spending down" to Medicaid.
The AAA services supplement the assistance provided by family supports and help keep New Yorkers from spending down their resources and going on Medicaid or being admitted to skilled nursing facilities.
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Association on Aging in New York
The New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging and its members suggest an alternative to costly nursing home care: low-cost home and community based services provided through Area Agencies on Aging for seniors who are at imminent risk of Medicaid eligibility, using the already established model of NY Connects to assess and identify each situation.