Annual Report: Alamo Area Agency on Aging

The Alamo Area Agency on Aging (Alamo AAA) serves residents, aged 60 years and older, in the 12 rural counties - Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, McMullen, Medina, and Wilson Counties.

The agency is dedicated to building a community that supports older residents and allows them to age in place with dignity, security, and enhanced qualify of life. The range of services provided includes congregate meals, home delivered meals, benefits counseling, care coordination, legal assistance, nutrition counseling and training, caregiver support and transportation services. Alamo AAA is funded by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and is one of 28 Area Agencies on Aging in Texas.

The Alamo AAA also supports the work of the Texas Silver Haired Legislature. During February 2013, seniors from the rural counties participated in Senior Day at the Capitol in support of TSHL.

New Programs and Partnerships

A new program offered by the Alamo AAA, in partnership with WellMed Foundation, is the Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers. High levels of stress and depression are common among family caregivers. How those caregivers deal with stresses associated with caregiving may be critical to their well being. The multi-component Stress Busting Program for Family Caregivers provides caregivers with the tools and strategies they need to to take care of themselves and enables them to continue caring for their loved ones suffering from dementia. Alamo Aging has two trainers and began offering classes in Comal, Kendall, and Kerr counties.

In 2013, through a partnership with AACOG's Bexar Area Agency on Aging, over forty additional, normally ineligible, Alamo AAA families were able to access respite care through the Lifespan Respite Care Program grant. For example, family caregivers with loved ones under the age of 60 were able to access adult and child care facilities to care for their loved ones while they took badly needed time for themselves. Through funding from DADS, Alamo AAA was able to extend the service period for families identified as needing more respite care services than regularly allocated. The grant also allowed Alamo Aging to offer rural family caregivers a series of classes designed especially for them and the care of their loved ones. From medically fragile children to fragile seniors and learning opportunities, the Lifepsan Respite Care Program grant allows Alamo Aging to step outside normal bounds in providing services in the rural areas of the AACOG Region.