Area Agency on Aging

The Area Agency on Aging of Dane County serves individuals who are age 60 and over and/or their family members by providing information and assistance in accessing services that will help older adults stay in their own homes and communities. The amount of assistance that is provided is dependent upon the needs of the older adult. These services can be short-term (such as getting signed up for a prescription drug program) or long-term (such as someone who is frail or who has a chronic health condition receiving ongoing monitoring and support from a Case Manager) and anywhere in between. Examples of community-based services include: congregate and home delivered meals, caregiver support, case management, and help with benefit questions. Many of these services are provided on a donation basis and are delivered at the local level.

The Area Agency on Aging of Dane County is the designated County Aging Unit. The Aging Unit is appointed to act as a planning and policy development body for programs for older adults in the county that are funded by the federal Older Americans Act and state supplemental funding.

The mission of the Area Agency on Aging:
  • To advocate for older adults and to enable them to maintain their full potential and enhance their quality of life.
  • To affirm the dignity and value of older adults by supporting their choices for living in and giving to our community.
  • To create and promote opportunities for communication among the entire community, including local organizations and elected representatives and public and private service providers.

General Eligibility

Services are typically available to:

  • Dane County residents
  • Age 60 and older

Additional eligibility requirements apply for some services.

How to Apply

Information on applying is specified under each service.


Cost will vary depending upon the service. Some services are offered on a donation basis while others require a co-pay or payment based on a sliding scale fee. Congregate and home delivered meals are provided on a donation basis based on individual's ability to pay.