If you're a senior or caregiver, your survey responses will help develop Contra Costa County's Four-year Area Plan on Aging. You may request a printed copy by calling (800) 510-2020. AAA will tabulate the results during the latter part of this year, and present at the agency’s public meeting in March 2020.
Meeting the Needs of our County’s Older PopulationOur mission at the Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is to provide leadership in addressing issues that relate to older Californians, to develop community based systems of care that provide services which support independence within California’s interdependent society, and which protect the quality of life of older adults and persons with functional impairments, and to promote citizen involvement in the planning and delivery of service. The AAA was formed in 1975 by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to develop a system of care and support for adults aged 60 and older and adults with disabilities to lead independent and dignified lives in their own homes for as long as possible. Committed to identifying services and meeting unmet needs, the AAA works to coordinate existing programs and develop new services by partnering with community organizations and pursuing funding resources which would help to enhance or create new programs.
Area Plan Documents
Caring for SeniorsAdult Day Care is a social weekday program which provides stimulating activities in a supervised and protective setting for dependent adults aged 60 and older. Meals and snacks are provided and individualized plans of care are developed for each participant.
- Family Caregiver Alliance
- Jewish Family & Community Services - East Bay
- Alzheimer's Association of Northern California
Transportation AssistanceVolunteers provide assistance with transportation by running errands or transporting seniors to various appointments, shopping, or other needed trips, which would not be possible without this service.
Meal ProgramsOur Senior Nutrition Program serves an average of 16,000 meals a month at 21 different café sites throughout Contra Costa County. Transportation is provided to these centers for those who cannot drive to a site on their own. A registered dietician presents nutritional education programs at each of the congregate meal sites.
Counseling ServicesHealth Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) provides seniors and disabled people with free assistance with Medicare concerns, paperwork involving medical bills and claims, HMO’s, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, nursing home insurance and legal appeals. HICAP provides individual counseling at convenient locations in Contra Costa County or at a person’s home, if needed. The counselors also help with problems regarding denial of medical care, insurance policy analysis and prescription drug coverage. HICAP is a program of the California Department of Aging and Contra Costa County.
Legal ServicesContra Costa Senior Legal Services offers free legal advice, information and representation to Contra Costa County seniors 60 years and older for civil matters concerning preservation of housing, consumer finance, and protection from elder abuse (restraining orders). Further information may be obtained from (925) 609-7900.
Community AdvocacyThe Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging (AAA) may have up to 40 members who advise the Area Agency on Aging and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. They act as advocates for older people and review the funding of program operations for seniors. Call Jaime Ray at 925-602-4172 if you are interested in becoming a member of the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging.
- West County Senior Coalition
- Central County Senior Coalition
- East County Senior Coalition
For more information on the Area Agency on Aging or other programs offered in our community, please call Information and Assistance at:
Land-line callers from inside Contra Costa County:
Outside Contra Costa County or from cell phones:
Other Helpful LinksFrom the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging:
New Resources at the Administration on Community Living/Administration on Aging Nutrition Services
(OAA Title IIIC Page)
The Nutrition Services page on the Administration on Community Living’s website has been tremendously updated. If you haven’t visited it recently, please do!
New Resource from the National Institute on Aging
Free Web Content on Nutrition and Health
The National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health now offers a new, free tool. Use it to get credible, relevant health information for your website eliminating the need to write your own material or worry about updating it. The information—based on the latest scientific findings—will update automatically.
Topics available include: Alzheimer’s disease, Exercise for older people, Healthy eating after age 50, Falls, Diabetes, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Dietary supplements for older people, and more. Spanish and English versions are available.
For additional information on the Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging and/or the Advisory Council on Aging, you may contact: