Home / About Us About Us | General Information | Direction Home Akron Canton Foundation | Meet Our Leadership Team | Our Board of Directors | Testimonials General Agency Information The Area Agencies on Aging were created as a result of the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA was designed to provide services to older persons not adequately served by other public and private systems and most importantly, to provide the institutional advocacy at the federal, state and local levels thereby encouraging other systems to be more responsive to the needs of the elderly. OAA dollars fund many senior services including meal programs, transportation, home health care and homemaking assistance, adult day care, and home repair which enable many older Americans to remain in their own homes and communities, thereby avoiding unnecessary and costly institutionalization. As a designated Area Agency on Aging, Direction Home Akron Canton is part of the National and State Aging Service Network as well as the Aging and Disability Resource Network. The National Aging Service Network The Administration on Aging (AoA) awards funds for nutrition and supportive home and community-based services to the 56 State Units on Aging (SUAs) and 629 Area Agencies on Aging. In addition, funds are awarded for disease prevention/health promotion services, elder rights programs (long-term care ombudsman program, legal services, and elder abuse prevention efforts), the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) and the Native American Caregiver Support Program (NACSP). Ohio's Aging Service Network The SUA in Ohio is the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA). Created in 1973, ODA achieved full departmental status in 1984. ODA has divided the state into 12 regions, therefore there are 12 designated Area Agencies on Aging in Ohio which provide services to all 88 counties in the State. Direction Home Akron Canton's service area includes Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne Counties and contains 10% of the State's elderly population and is one of seven urban regions. Aging and Disability Resource Network The federal government, through a partnership between the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), developed the concept of an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). The network approach recognizes that individuals may access long-term services and supports in many different ways, through many different organizations. The goal is to ensure that no matter where a consumer first makes contact with the service delivery system, it's the right place for them to be.