Lincoln – Older adults make a positive impact throughout Nebraska each and every day through actions such as volunteering, employment, educating, mentoring, and more. They offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.
The State Unit on Aging, within the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services shares this deep regard for older adults. The State Unit on Aging and its partners offer a number of programs benefiting older Americans.
Area Agencies on Aging provide a broad range of programs and services within their service areas, all designed to help Nebraskans age in place. There are more than 190 Senior Centers in Nebraska, collectively serving and delivering about 1.5 million meals each year. Area Agencies on Aging, working with Senior Centers, and hundreds of volunteers, provide exercise classes, health screenings, nutrition counseling, information & assistance, homemaker services, personal care, financial counseling, caregiver support, preventive health services, elder abuse prevention, and much more. All of these services are designed to help Nebraskans age in place.
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) provide information and options counseling to Nebraskans aged 60 years or older, people with disabilities of all ages, family members, caregivers and advocates. The ADRC started as a pilot project in July 2016 and was made permanent in April 2018. To locate services near you, see www.ADRCNebraska.org.
The Area Agencies on Aging include:
|Agency||Counties served||Phone number|
|The Aging Office of Western Nebraska||Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan and Sioux||(308) 635-0851|
|The West Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging||Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Gosper, Grant, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow and Thomas||(308) 535-8195|
|The South Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging||Blaine, Buffalo, Custer, Franklin, Furnas, Garfield, Greeley, Harlan, Kearney, Loup, Phelps, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler||(308) 234-1851|
|The Midland Area Agency on Aging||Adams, Clay, Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Merrick, Nuckolls and Webster||(402) 463-4565|
|The Aging Partners Area Agency on Aging||Butler, Fillmore, Lancaster, Polk, Saunders, Saline, Seward and York||(402) 441-7070|
|The Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging||Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson and Thayer||(402) 223-1376|
|The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging||Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington||(402) 444-6444|
|The Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging||Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne||(402) 370-3454|
Other senior services offered include:
- A partnership with Legal Aid of Nebraska can help seniors with income security, abuse/neglect, bankruptcy/collections, health care, individual rights, foreclosures, long-term care, guardianship and fraud. http://www.legalaidofnebraska.
- The State Unit on Aging offers Elder Justice Training. Topics include cybersecurity for seniors, your bank’s role in financial exploitation, and more. For more information, seehttp://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/
- The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides part-time paid training opportunities. This work experience is provided at non-profits statewide. For more information, visit http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/
If you suspect an aging Nebraskan or a Nebraskan with a disability is being abused, call the 24-hour toll-free hotline: (800) 652-1999 or call your local law enforcement agency.