In accordance with the Older Americans Act, the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging (ACOA) is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to advise them on all matters associated with the planning, development and administration of programs relating to older adults. The ACOA is staffed by representatives of the Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging (AAA). The ACOA consists of forty (40) members. Membership is determined by application and appointment. Fifty percent (50%) of the ACOA must be age 60 and above. The ACOA strives to represent or ‘mirror’ the diversity of the county’s population with attention to the following factors: geography, economics, racial, cultural and ethnic origin, language, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and of course age. Seats on the ACOA fall under the following designations: city/local committees, members-at-large and one designated service organization. With few exceptions, the ACOA with its committees and work groups all meet monthly.
Public hearings are held a minimum of once each year. The AOCA does much of its work through its committees and work groups. These include: Housing, Heatlh, Legislative Advocacy, Education & Outreach and Transportation. Membership on the remaining committees is reserved for the members of the ACOA only.
How to Apply for Membership
All memberships are by final appointment of the Board of Supervisors. Membership categories and procedures for application are as follows:
Local Committee Seats
Committees on aging/cities (19 seats): By city or local committee appointment. Download and complete an application; submit a copy to your local city clerk or committee on aging.
Member At Large Seats
Members-at-Large (20 seats): By application to the ACOA and interview. Download, complete and submit an original copy of the official application following the directions listed on the application.
Nutrition Project Council Seat
Nutrition Council Representation (1 seat): By application / appointment; appointee serves the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Meals on Wheels program as an active board member and ACOA liaison.
The ACOA meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. at 500 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill in Board Rooms A&B.
- Health Work Group
- Transportation Work Group (Senior Mobility Action Council [SMAC])
- Education and Outreach Work Group
- Legislative Advocacy Work Group
- Housing Work Group
For more information or to obtain a copy of the ACOA Schedule of Meetings, call Jaime Ray, AAA Staff Representative at (925) 602-4172.