The Office on Aging is the designated “Area Agency on Aging” created in 1965 by the federal Older Americans Act to be the lead advocate, systems planner and facilitator relative to all aging issues on behalf of all older persons in the “local planning and service area” (Orange County). Through funding received by the state and federal governments, the Office on Aging either directly provides or contracts out to other service providers many senior programs, such as home and congregate meals, case management, medicare counseling, information and assistance, health promotion, elder abuse prevention, ombudsman assistance, etc. Additionally, the Office on Aging provides a range of functions related to advocacy, planning, coordination, inter-agency linkages, information sharing, brokering, monitoring and evaluation to insure effective, comprehensive and coordinated community based systems for older Americans. There is a particular focus on providing service to those who are underserved, due to cultural, economic or language barriers.
The Office on Aging is a department within the Orange County Community Resources of the County of Orange and, as such, receives additional funds from the County to provide for operational needs.