Area Plan

Planning for Services Under the Older Americans Act

Community with aging and disabled people


About the Older Americans Act 

The Older Americans Act of 1965 was the first federal level initiative aimed at providing comprehensive services for older adults. It created the National Aging Network comprising the Administration on Aging on the federal level, State Units on Aging at the state level, and Area Agencies on Aging at the local level. DAVS is the designated Area Agency on Aging for Washington County. In accordance with the Older Americans Act, each area aging on aging must develop an area plan and regular updates to the state area on aging.  

Due to COVID-19 the Area Agency on Aging 2017-2020 Area Plans have been extended for six months and will now expire on June 30, 2021. The next area plan is due March 19, 2021 and will encompass the service period July 2021 through June 30, 2025.

Survey Update
Disability, Aging and Veteran Services completed a needs assessment survey in August 2020. Over 700 responses were received. The survey provided insight on the needs of older adults from their personal perspective. The survey participants consisted of those receiving or needing support services, to those providing them; family caregivers and community organizations amongst them. Survey results will be posted here by November 15, 2020. 

We Would Like Your Input!
The November 19, 2020 AVSAC meeting will be an opportunity to comment on issue areas the state has identified as priority. We’d love to hear from you! The input provided will be incorporated into the DAVS Area Plan. If you’d like more information on how to participate, please contact
Julie Galstad.

Other Helpful Resources

Needs Assessment Steering Committee

2016 Survey and Demographic Info

2017 - 2020 DAVS Area Plan

2019 Update to 2017 - 2020 DAVS Area Plan

AVSAC Budget Report September 2019

Glossary of Terms

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