About the Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging
The Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging (AAA) administers Older Americans Act programs, Social Services Block Grant programs, and other special grants from time to time for the purpose of providing social and nutrition services to aging individuals to help them maintain their independence. The AAA is responsible for developing and assisting community-based services that sustain, enhance, and promote the continuation of independence within a rural community setting. While some of the services are provided “in-house” by Three Rivers staff, some of the programs are contracted to service provider agencies.
Programs and Services:
Information and Referral Services: AAA provides support to elderly persons and their caregivers by assessing their needs, identifying appropriate services to meet their needs, and linking them to the agencies providing the needed services.
Ombudsman Services: AAA provides an advocacy service for nursing home patients and families. The ombudsman investigates and assists in resolving complaints and problems identified by patients and families to ensure the well being of nursing home patients.
Homemaker Services: This assistance is provided to people who are unable to perform day-to-day household duties. A homemaker assists a client with his/her instrumental activities of daily living such as light housekeeping, laundry, limited personal care, meal preparation, and grocery shopping assistance.
Respite Services: This assistance is provided to caregivers in order to supply them much-needed time to run errands, take a break, etc. In order to qualify for this service, the care recipient has to live with the caregiver.
Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Support Groups: Alzheimer's and related disorders support groups meet on a monthly basis. The Lafayette group meets the first Monday of each month at Azalea Gardens in Oxford at 7:00 p.m. The Lee group meets every Tuesday of the month at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo at 7:00 p.m.
Title V Employment Services: The main goal of this program is to provide training and find part-time employment for eligible participants ages 55 and over.
Legal Assistance Services: Legal advice and representation are available to people ages 60 and over for certain types of legal matters (government benefits, tenant rights, consumer problems, etc.) The program is designed to help older people become more aware of and protect their civil and legal rights through activities and/or direct intervention by attorneys or legal paraprofessionals.
Adult Day Care: This daytime, community-based program for functionally-impaired adults provides a variety of health, social, and related support services in a protective environment.
Limited Transportation in Rural Counties: Calhoun, Lafayette, and Lee counties offer eligible clients transportation services from their homes to meal sites.
Coordinating Council on Aging: The Council on Aging is an advocacy group that assists the AAA in identifying the needs of the senior population and offering suggestions on how to address these needs.
Preventive Health: This assistance provides health information and tips to people 60 and over through health fairs, publications, and group presentations.
Mississippi Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program: AAA provides information, counseling, assistance, and answers questions related to Medicare, prescription drugs, supplemental insurance, Medicaid, and long-term care insurance.
Senior Medicare Patrol: This program is designed to help seniors properly identify and report Medicare and Medicaid fraud, errors, and abuse.
Nutrition: This assistance provides nutritionally-balanced meals through home-delivered meals and congregate meals through AAA's eight counties. Home-delivered meals are provided to people who are unable to leave home without assistance. Congregate meals are provided at specific locations and are primarily for mobile seniors.