With the population of Mississippi living longer and longer each year, specialized services for persons more than 60 years of age become increasingly important. The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS), Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) is dedicated to keeping pace with the needs of the state’s older citizens and to improving their quality of life. One of every six adults in Mississippi is more than 60. In this population segment, about 79 percent own the homes in which they live. Their independence does not separate them far from their families, for more than two-thirds of this older generation live within 25 miles of relatives. As their numbers continue to grow, so does the need for providing specialized services for older adults.
Area Agencies on Aging, mandated by the Older Americans Act, are designated by DAAS to plan, coordinate, and advocate for the development of comprehensive and coordinated service delivery systems for all elderly and provide funds for services. The ten Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the state are private, non-profit organizations that serve as focal points offering a comprehensive array of services at the local level. Our programs work to assure the quality of life and continued independence for the state’s older citizens.