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Area Agency on Aging

Aging & Disability Services in the Seattle Human Services Department serves as the Area Agency on Aging for the Seattle-King County region. The City of Seattle, King County and United Way of King County are the sponsors, and set agency policy.

Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are local organizations across the nation that develop and promote services and options to maximize independence, quality of life and choice for older people, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers.

The Washington Association of Area Agencies (W4A) has 13 AAAs comprising county governments, regional councils, nonprofit organizations and Native American tribes.

Each AAA has an Area Plan on Aging and an Advisory Council on Aging, which is made up of volunteer citizens and guides the organizations work. The Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King was established in 1973.

The 2013 AAA budget totals appropriately $40.7 million. The majority of the funding $26.9 million or 66 percent is federal funds, including Medicaid Title XIX for case management and home care, and Older Americans Act funds. About $3.7 million or 9 percent comes from the City of Seattle General Fund. State and other local funds make up the remaining 25 percent.

Some funding is issued, via a competitive process periodically conducted by the Seattle Human Service Department, to agencies in the community to provide the services needed.

Aging and Disability Services: 2016-2019 Area Plan

HSDs Aging & Disability Services divisions submitted the final draft Area Plan 2016-2019 to the Department of Social and Health Services, State Unit on Aging, on October 5, 2015. The Area Plan is a State-required document that guides the work of ADS over the next four years. It reflects the needs of older adults and people with disabilities, and highlights our goals for developing livable communities. The plan describes relevant demographic trends; the function, staffing and structure of the AAA; the functions provided directly by the AAA and those that are subcontracted; and major service goals and objectives. The plan also summarizes the ADS annual budget of $38 million in federal, state and local resources, and is updated every two years. Final State approval is expected in early 2016.

To guide the development of the plan, ADS conducted an extensive community engagement process, collaborated with experts on issues areas, and conducted research on the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities. The greatest needs and areas of concern were related to housing, health/healthcare, transportation, safety and socialization. Strategies to address these needs include preparing both consumers and local governments for an aging population. Specific efforts include making sure people have access to information and resources before they are needed (Community Living Connections) and collaborating across sectors to create age friendly communities.

The full document is available here.


For more information about the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County, visit:

We also have a monthly newsletter, AgeWise King County.

For more information, call Aging & Disability Services in the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-684-0660, or e-mail

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.