Area Agency on Aging

The Health System's Aging and Adult Services serves as the local Area Agency on Aging (AAA.) AAAs created by the federal Older Americans Act to act as the focal point for aging concerns at the community level. The goals of the AAA are to:

  • Provide leadership in addressing the needs of seniors and people with disabilities in San Mateo County.
  • Promote consumers and other public involvement in the planning and delivery of services.
  • Develop systems of care in the community that supports independence for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Administer federal, state, local and private funds in support of an integrated system of care.

One of the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) roles is contracting services with other County agencies, cities and community-based organization to provide needed services.

  • Adult Day Care / Adult Day Health Care
  • Congregate Nutrition
  • Employment
  • Family Caregiver Support Program
  • HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program)
  • Health promotion
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Information & Referral
  • Legal assistance
  • Ombudsman
  • Transportation

The AAA is mandated to complete a strategic plan in four year planning cycles. The Area Plan is intended to accurately reflect AAAs future activities by involving and serving older individuals, their families, and caregivers. It provides the format and structure to identify and document needs and addresses concerns in a manner consistent with the Older Americans Act (OAA) and the Older Californians Act (OCA) to enable communities and AAAs to plan for the future. To this end, AAAs are charged with addressing and planning for a broad spectrum of matters related to older individuals and adults with disabilities in our community. The Are Plan informs public and policy makers, locally and statewide, about how the AAA plans to address local needs and accomplish goals and objectives. The Area Plan allows for the AAA to re-examine its direction and progress as a result of change and allows for the addition, changing, or deleting of current elements and objectives.

Area Plan for 2012-2016

Seeking Candidate for Election to the California Senior Legislation for San Mateo County due May 5, 2014

New Beginning Coalition

The New Beginning Coalition is a broad-based group of older adults, persons with disabilities, caregivers, and service providers that work with Aging and Adult Services, the Commission on Aging, and Commission on Disabilities to develop the countywide strategic plan for services for older adults and adults with disabilities. The group's other roles include advocacy and community education.

New Beginning Coalition meets quarterly on the fourth Tuesday of the month.  In 2014, the meetings are set for January 21st, April 22nd, July 22nd, and October 28th from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM in room 100 at 225 37th Avenue, San Mateo.  For more information, please contact Cristina Ugaitafa at (650) 573-2973 or

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