Community Resource Highlight

Area Agency on Aging: A Resource for Older & Disabled Adults and their Caregivers…

The Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2, (AAA) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization serving older and disabled adults and their caregivers in west-central Ohio. “We are part of a strong Aging Network of providers and organizations who share our commitment to advocate for in-home and community services that support the least restrictive and best care setting based on individual needs,” said Executive Director Doug McGarry. “We aim to help people understand and access the supportive services in their community so that they can remain independent as long as possible.”

AAA Programs

  • PASSPORT is a statewide Ohio Medicaid waiver program offering older adults an in-home alternative to nursing home care. Common services include personal care assistance, home-delivered meals, transportation, emergency response systems, and home medical equipment.
  • The Assisted Living Waiver is another Ohio Medicaid waiver option to more expensive nursing home placement. The waiver pays for services in certified assisted living facilities received by low-income older and disabled adults who require more assistance than can be provided at home, yet do not need full-time, skilled nursing.
  • MyCare Ohio is a pilot program to explore reduction of Medicaid costs through better coordination of Medicare and Medicaid services. AAA works with the two managed care plans for this region, Buckeye Health Plan and Molina Healthcare, to coordinate waiver services in Clark, Greene, and Montgomery counties for people age 60 and older who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
  • ComCare provides in-home services to Montgomery County older adults who do not qualify for other programs but benefit from the same types of services to remain safe in their homes. ComCare is funded by the Montgomery County Human Services Levy.
  • AAA offers and funds several Wellness Programs presented free of charge throughout the nine-county region that address health promotion and disease prevention through better self-management, fall prevention, caring for the caregiver, and “aging mastery” through improved health management, economic security, and social engagement. 
  • AAA’s in-home services provide customized care through the personal attention of case managers or waiver service coordinators who regularly review and address needs and services. “Customized care is the hallmark of services for individuals enrolled in our agency programs,” explained McGarry. “Our staff monitor services for individuals to meet changes that occur over time in an individual’s health and home environment.” 

Contact Information

  • Call (937) 223-HELP(937) 223-HELP or (800) 258-7277(800) 258-7277 for information or to request a free in-home assessment that provides unbiased, objective information about available options for long-term care services and support.
  • Contact Ann Finnicum at (937) 341-3020(937) 341-3020 or [email protected] for information about wellness programs. 
  • Contact Karin Nevius at (937) 341-3001(937) 341-3001 or [email protected] about the limited number of 2020 AAA calendars that provide information about AAA and community resources.
  • Visit the AAA website at www.info4seniors.org

The 12 area agencies on aging in Ohio are part of a national aging services network and Ohio’s Aging and Disability Resource Network. AAA provides home- and community-based care alternatives to help older and disabled adults in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties remain in their homes with independence and dignity.

Karin Nevius, Communications & Training Coordinator, AAA & Doug McGarry, Executive Director, AAA

Michelle’s Tips:

  • Make a copy of the resources in this article to keep in your resource file.
  • Contact Ann Finnicum to see what wellness programs are available near your faith community and those that can be hosted by your faith community. Promote any local classes and discuss with your Health Ministry Team the possibility of hosting a program.

Contact Us

The health ministries program is honored to be serving faith communities in Southwest Ohio for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their congregations. To learn more about how we can assist your faith community, contact us.

Michelle Randall, Program Coordinator
1046 Brown St. (Catholic Social Services building, second floor)
Dayton, Ohio 45409
Phone: (937) 227-9454(937) 227-9454
Fax: (937) 341-8838

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We are often out in the community at meetings and working with faith communities. If you want to stop by the office, we recommend that you call or email first.