The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) is designated by the Minnesota Board on Aging as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for the Planning and Service Area of the Arrowhead Region under authority of Title III of the Older Americans Act. Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) were established under the Older Americans Act in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans age 60 and over in every local community. By supporting a range of options that allow older adults to choose the home and community-based services and living arrangements that suit them best, the Arrowhead AAA helps make it possible for older adults to “age in place” in their homes and communities.
In 2016 the Arrowhead AAA focused it’s planning efforts around building community capacity to provide Evidence Based Health Promotion programs, developing relationships and referral protocols between medical communities and Home and Community Based Service Providers, (HCBS), strengthening the infrastructure of aging service organizations in the arrowhead region, supporting the role of caregivers through training and advocacy and engaging communities in ACT on Alzheimer’s Dementia Friendly Community Toolkit process
As part of the MinnesotaHelp Network™, Arrowhead AAA helps to expand and improve the Senior LinkAge Line® Long Term Care Options Counseling service by providing a local contact center along with many partner sites in the Arrowhead region, making this high quality, unbiased, accurate, comprehensive service accessible to all populations by phone, on the web, in-person and through materials in order to meet the demands of our aging population. AAAA Senior Linkage Line® served 10,476 unduplicated consumers, answered 21,503 unduplicated calls, provided 300 outreach events and served nearly 1000 more consumers during Medicare’s annual enrollment period from the previous year.
Finally, the Arrowhead AAA provided grants and contracts to community partners totaling over $1.5 million in Title III Federal Older Americans Act and other federal and state funds for services to assist older adults living independently at home and to support their family caregivers.