Region 9 Area Plan

In 1965, Congress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA) which created structures at the federal, state, and local levels to administer programs for older adults. Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are the organizations designated by the State of Oregon to carry out OAA and Oregon Project Independence (OPI) services at the local level. AAA’s are responsible for analyzing the needs of seniors and assessing the existing services in the region they serve and must prepare an Area Plan to guide the delivery of services to older people.

The Area Plan, covering the period January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016, details the actions Region 9 AAA will take over the next four years to enhance the quality of life for seniors, helping them maintain their health and independence. In conjunction with community input, we have developed a comprehensive and coordinated service delivery system that will maximize services to seniors based on locally specified needs. We will continually assess our progress in meeting the goals and objectives specified in this plan and will modify programs as necessary.

Download a copy of the Area Agency on Aging 2013-2016 Area Plan:  AreaPlan 2014

Questions and comments on this plan may be sent to: Caroline Wood,  Director, Area Agency on Aging, 1113 Kelly Avenue, The Dalles, OR 97031, 541-298-4101 or

Under the current Area Plan, MCCOG-AAA offers the following programs and services:

  • Advocacy– for those 60 and older at the local, state and national levels.  Promoting the needs of older persons through elected officials, community leaders, service providers, agencies, and organizations.
  • Information and Referral for seniors.
  • Congregate and Home Delivered Meals, currently helping fund eleven meal sites in the five county area served by the AAA.
  • AAA Newsletter-published bi-monthly, brings news to educate seniors and their families.
  • Legal Assistance.
  • Health and Wellness through classes such as the Living Well with Chronic Conditions, and Tai Chi for exercise and stress reduction.
  • AARP Money Management Program.
  • SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance) -provides one-on-one assistance with Medicare.
  • Friendly Visitor -provides shut-in seniors with a visitor once a week.
  • Elder Abuse Awareness.
  • Oregon Project Independence -allows seniors to remain in their home instead of moving to a facility.
  • Family Caregiver Services-Resources, classes and respite training for family caregivers. Offers family caregivers an opportunity for time for themselves.
  • Emergency Preparedness-Education and resources for preparing for an emergency, including assisting those who are housebound.
  • Minor Home Repair.
  • Outreach -The promotion of the above programs through radio PSA’s, presentations and community efforts to identify individuals eligible for assistance.