The Alphabet Soup of Aging – And Where We Fit In

Sometimes the administrative network of programs for seniors can be a confusing jumble of capital letters. Here’s a brief guide for our area.

Every region in the state has a designated Area Agency on the Aging (AAA) which coordinates senior services for that area. The AAA for the 10-county Atlanta Region is the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). It administers and coordinates a wide variety of services for seniors, including home-delivered meals, senior centers and adult day care.

Aware of the growing challenges posed by a rapidly aging population, the ARC partnered in 2003 with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (CFGA) to create a charitable fund to support a broad array of aging programs. That was the origin of the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund, which contributes to aging programs across the state of Georgia. When you contribute to the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund (Notice: We don’t use acronyms!) your dollars make a vital difference for programs that provide needed services for a growing population.

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