The Area 1 Agency on Aging provides a variety of programs to support the efforts of seniors to live safe, healthy and independent lives.
We provide information and assistance services to older adults and family caregivers in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. By providing older adults and caregivers with a single information and assistance access point, we make it easy to find expert information and connections to critical services that older adults and caregivers need.
Whether you are looking for a specific organization to address a concern, need a phone number of a specific program, require assistance in helping to identify problems, or require an advocate to ensure that you or a loved one receives the services you need, our professional staff can help you get answers.
We provide free Medicare consultation to adults, family caregivers and service providers through our Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). Maintained by registered and trained staff members and volunteers, this critical program provides objective information and problem resolution about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, supplemental plans such as Medigap, prescription drug plans, government assistance programs, and long-term care insurance.
Given the abundance of programs and community services that rely on A1AA, we have developed one of the most extensive networks of volunteer opportunities in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. The Volunteer Center of the Redwoods (VCOR) and RSVP ensures that volunteers meet crucial needs within our community and that organizations welcome volunteers and manage their contributions with enthusiasm and respect. As a result, VCOR is often the first contact for potential volunteers, providing guidance to select volunteer opportunities that will match their interests with critical needs in our communities.
The A1AA Caregiver Services Program schedules multiple training sessions throughout the year for family and professional caregivers. A Caregiver Registry is maintained to provide referrals of trained caregivers to seniors and others needing short-term or longer assistance.
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program investigates and endeavors to resolve elder abuse complaints made by, or on behalf of, individual residents in long-term care facilities.
The Project for Senior Action helps seniors be heard. Staff and trained volunteers assist seniors to communicate to decision-makers at all levels of government about issues, legislation, regulations, proposals and policies that affect their lives.