The Arizona Association of Area Agencies on Aging is deeply appreciative to our state and federal partners for the appropriation of $17.5 million to local Area Agencies on Aging to support older adults through this COVID-19 crisis.

AZ4A worked alongside national partners like the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Service Programs (NANASP), and other aging advocates to increase funding appropriated by the CARES Act for the Aging Network. AZ4A and the Area Agencies on Aging around the state are deeply grateful for these increased funds that will help older adults obtain food, groceries, home care, and other critical services to remain safe and healthy. The Association is particularly grateful for the Arizona Congressional delegation for their work to ensure older adults have the resources and support they need. AZ4A also thanks Governor Ducey for his administration’s expeditious work to get this vital funding to local Area Agencies on Aging.

“Older adults are particularly vulnerable during this crisis, with a vast majority of the deaths reported in Arizona being to those 65 and over” said Mary Beals-Luedtka, Director of the Northern Arizona Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging, Chair of the Arizona Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Chair of NANASP. “This additional funding allows us to provide the support older adults need to remain in their homes and continue the proper social distancing measures to remain as safe as possible.”

The Arizona Association of Area Agencies on Aging continues to vigorously advocate for the right and needs of older adults during this crisis. It is imperative that older adults remain at home to avoid illness from COVID-19. This funding will allow older adults to receive the nutrition, supplies, and supports they need while avoiding crowds and gatherings.