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. AAAs 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 covers January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2020 and details the actions we will take to enhance the quality of life for seniors and people with disabilities to help 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 2017-2020 Area Plan:  Area Plan 2017-2020

Questions and comments on this plan may be sent to:  David Meriwether, Interim Program 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
  • Legal Assistance.
  • Health and Wellness.
  • Oregon 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.