The Area Agency on Aging of Dane County serves individuals age 60 plus and their families in accessing services that will help older adults continue living in their own homes and communities. The amount of assistance that is provided depends on 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 has a chronic health condition receiving ongoing support from a case manager.
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 received an Aging Innovations Award at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) virtual conference for our “My Meal-My Way” congregate dining restaurant model, which was created in 2014 and is being replicated in various counties across the State of Wisconsin It has been the inspiration for similar models nationally in states like Iowa and Washington. “My Meal-My Way” also received third place in the nation and was recognized by the National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults (engaging) Practices: Best Practices for Helping Older Adults Stay Socially Engaged.
The “My Meal-My Way” restaurant model involves partnerships with local, accessible, and inviting restaurants and has several characteristics (in non-pandemic circumstances) that make it unique and successful:
The AAA publishes a monthly newsletter, Caregiver Chronicles, to provide Dane County Caregivers with useful information and resources. Please check out our most recent editions below.
Nutrition News is a quarterly newsletter published by the AAA to provide Dane County older adults with nutrition information, wellness tips, and other health-related resources. Please read the latest edition below.
For more information on this newsletter, email Gabriel.Shannon@countyofdane.com, or call (608) 261-5678.
The Area Agency on Aging 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.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM
2865 N. Sherman Avenue
Northside Town Center
Madison WI, 53704
*Located inside the ADRC
Phone: (608) 261-9930
Fax: (608) 283-2995