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Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida connects older adults and adults with disabilities to resources and assistance for living safely with independence and dignity.
AAASWFL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving older adults (age 60-up) and adults with disabilities in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota counties. AAASWFL is also the state’s designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for our seven-county area. In 2018, we are celebrating our 40th year in Southwest Florida.
Our three primary functions are:
- The Elder Helpline: AAASWFL operates the Elder Helpline (866-41-ELDER), a toll-free service that helps seniors, adults with disabilities, and caregivers find support in our community. We are also the state’s point of entry for long-term care programs and screen applicants for the state’s priority list for government-funded services.
- OutreachPrograms: AAASWFL provides direct programs for Southwest Florida seniors and people with disabilities. These include health & wellness workshops for older adults and caregivers, SHINE Medicare benefits counseling, and elder abuse prevention and education programs.
- Quality Assurance and Planning: AAASWFL manages and oversees government-funded elder and disability programs to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent effectively. We also develop an annual area plan that reflects the needs and issues of elders in our region.