The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida was formed in 1978 as a public not-for-profit entity operating under the auspices of the Older Americans Act of 1965. The mission of the Area Agency on Aging in 1978 was to improve the quality of social and health services, develop, plan and administer service programs beneficial to seniors and raise funds necessary to provide the services.
The wording of the mission has changed but the fundamental basics are still true and it is even more applicable today than ever before. Designated as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Planning and Service Area (PSA) 8 by the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the agency administers federal and state funded programs.
The agency’s Planning and Service Area (PSA) covers seven counties including Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier and the three inland counties of DeSoto, Hendry and Glades. The AAASWFL serves as an advocate and visible focal point in the planning and service area to foster the development of comprehensive and coordinated service systems to serve older individuals. The agency’s programs are both publicly and privately funded and provide an array of supportive services to elder residents in southwest Florida.
The Area Agency on Aging is governed by a Board of Directors that is responsible for the oversight of its programs and operations. This board is made up of community members, professionals and most importantly persons over the age of 60. The agency is committed to helping older adults stay independent as long as possible and assisting them in remaining in their own homes.
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