Our Agency

Aging Ahead is one of 10 Area Agencies on Aging in Missouri. We have been providing supportive services in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson counties since 1973.  Adults 60 and older count on Aging Ahead to provide warm, nutritious meals, connection to resources and supportive services like Meals on Wheels, Community Centers, Caregiving Services, Community Options Consulting and Case Management.

AREA AGENCIES ON AGING

Established under the Older Americans Act in 1973, Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are public or private nonprofit agencies designated by a state to address the needs and concerns of all older persons at the regional and local levels. AAA is a general term—names of local AAAs may vary.

AAAs coordinate and offer services that help older adults remain in their homes, if that is their preference, aided by services such as home-delivered meals, homemaker assistance, and whatever else it may take to make independent living a viable option. Aging Ahead, as the AAA serving the counties of St Louis, St Charles, Jefferson and Franklin, supports individuals and their caregivers by making a range of programs and services available. We help make it possible for older individuals to choose the services and living arrangements that suit them best.
Find your local AAA by visiting Eldercare.gov or give Aging Ahead a call at 1-800-243-6060.

RESPONDING TO AN AGING NATION

Over the next two decades, the proportion of the U.S. population over age 60 will dramatically increase as the baby boomers reach this milestone.  By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be 65 or older which is more than 70 million Americans twice the number in 2000.

As this demographic shift occurs, there will be a unprecedented increase in the need and demand for fiscal, health and social support to ensure a sound quality of life for millions of older Americans.  90% of adults age 65 and older say they hope to stay in their homes for as long as possible but to do so people will eventually need some level of service or support to live safely and successfully in their home or community.

ROLE OF AGING AHEAD

At Aging Ahead, we’re working to support our community’s aging population through the following:

  • Assess community needs and develop and fund programs that respond to those needs.
  • Educate and provide direct assistance to consumers about available community resources for long-term services and supports.
  • Serve as portals to care by assessing multiple service needs, determining eligibility, authorizing or purchasing services and monitoring the appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of services.
  • As custodians of the public interest, demonstrate responsible fiscal stewardship by maximizing use of public and private funding to serve as many consumers as possible.
AFFILIATE ORGANIZATIONS
MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA

Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) is a national organization and network dedicated soley to ending senior hunger in America. MOWA is committed to helping seniors live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes.

MISSOURI ASSOCIATION OF AREA AGENCIES ON AGING

Service. Information. Advocacy.

The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4) serves as a statewide advocate and resource for older Missourians.  MA4 is comprised of the state’s 10 Area Agencies on Aging and is dedicated to carring out its mission of service, information and advocay to improve the lives of older Missourians and to plan for the changes that will take place as the aging population grows.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AREA AGENCIES ON AGING

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s (n4a) primary mission is to build the capacity of our members so they can help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. The n4a vision is to build a society that values and supports people as they age.

SOUTH CENTRAL PENSION RIGHTS PROJECT

The South Central Pension Rights Project helps those who qualify understand their pension rights and claim the benefits they’ve earned. Services are provided free of charge.