About Area 4 Agency on Aging
Area 4 Agency on Aging is a seven county planning and service area for senior services, funded under the Older Americans Act. We are one of 33 area agencies in California, designated by the State to develop, coordinate, and fund programs designed to help older persons maintain their health and independence.
Area 4 Agency on Aging (A4AA) is in a Joint Powers Agreement with the counties of Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba to provide a comprehensive and coordinated system of services for persons 60 years of age and over.
As an area agency, A4AA is the focal point for services for older individuals. As a funding agency, we award contractual grants for nutrition, supportive services, caregiver programs, health promotion, elder abuse prevention, and other programs designed to meet specific needs of older persons within their community. (See following list of services funded by A4AA). As an administrative agency, we monitor, evaluate, and document the program and fiscal performance of every contracted service provider. As a planning agency, A4AA conducts needs assessments, determines priorities, and develops a four year Area Plan. And as an advocacy agency, we conduct public hearings, provide testimony before local and State governmental commissions, committees, and legislative bodies, and collaborate with other agencies/organizations to develop and expand services to meet local needs.
Planning and Service Area 4 (PSA 4) encompasses the counties of Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba, a 6,578 square mile area. The area includes many isolated rural communities, suburbs and a few larger cities where many of the available services are concentrated. The seven counties of PSA 4 vary not only in size, population density and economy, but also in topography. The mountains create a natural barrier between eastern and western portions of Placer, Nevada and Sierra Counties, and contribute to isolation during the winter months. Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba and Sutter Counties are in the northern valley's rich agricultural area.
Funding Flow Chart
A4AA receives funding primarily from the federal Older Americans Act and the state Older Californians Act. Federal funding originates at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is funneled through the Administration on Aging to the California Department of Aging to A4AA who then distributes the funds to local agencies within the seven-county service area based on a four-year grant process. View the funding flow chart here.