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Louisiana Agency on Aging.

Thousands of seniors in Louisiana receive some form of help from Area Agency on Aging offices. The centers administer an extensive array of assistance programs for older adults and senior citizens. Examples of the programs include food, information on health care and prescriptions, transportation, and more.

Many seniors have questions on legal issues to address their specific needs. So Agency on Aging offices will work with pro-bono law firms and non-profit attorneys. Priority shall be given to people who are underserved and low individuals who are 60 years of age or older. Some of the assistance offered is for legal issues such as elder rights, grandparents raising grandchildren, end-of-life issues, and guardianship and legal issues.

Adult Day Services can help older persons that are functionally impaired. Most of the beneficiaries are age 60 and older or homebound, and they can receive help from an individualized plan of care. The adult day program assists help people remain in their home. It can enable qualified families and/or their caregivers to continue caring for an impaired member as they remain living in their home or apartment.

Get access to free or affordable prescription drugs from the Louisiana SenioRx Program. The primary mission of this program is to improve access for low income, uninsured or underinsured individuals in Louisiana. It can help older adults and senior citizens access pharmaceutical assistance programs and drug manufacturers' discount cards and assist them in applying for such programs. The SenioRx service can help qualified people with the purchase of medically necessary and life saving prescription drugs. Applicants need to meet income limits and can’t have a state, private health care or federal government prescription drug program. Continue reading on Louisiana public assistance programs and services for seniors.

Many senior citizens need information, referrals, and assistance. Your local agency on aging center can provide answers to questions dealing with a range of topics. Trained counselors are available to answer questions, make appropriate recommendations for suitable services, provide a thorough assessment of needs, and can refer individuals. Get information on comprehensive assessments (in-home/on-site), Medicaid applications, Utility bill assistance (electricity, cable), Assistance with legal concerns, Insurance counseling through Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), and Seasonal distribution of fans, blankets, heaters.




Get information on available resources, financial assistance programs and other critical services for seniors. The Agency on Aging centers in Louisiana have access to databases with thousands of names and phone numbers of local and nationwide assistance programs and resources for older adults.

Home-and Community-Based Services provide Louisiana families with access to Medicaid services that can hopefully help them live at home instead of going to a nursing home. The Agency on Aging assists with running the program for adults who have physical disabilities as well as frail elders. Personal Care/Homemaker services can include grooming, errands, moderate housecleaning and more from trained caregivers who support medically dependent seniors. Several qualifications need to be met by applicants, including they need to first qualify for the federal government Medicaid program.

Food is provided by programs including Mobile Meals and food distribution also occurs at senior centers. Many area on aging offices provide for the recruitment and coordination of Meals On Wheels as well. They usually work with area churches, churches, and other non-profit organizations. This is a service designed to help senior citizens and the homebound maintain their independence as they face financial, physical, or emotional hardships. Volunteers are also a major contributor to this program, and they will help prepare and deliver the meals to the homebound in their local Louisiana towns and cities. Dozens of organizations and aging offices participate in the program to ensure homebound elders and senior citizens have at least one hot, nutritious meal per day. In addition to the hot meals and food, this program provides companionship and a yearly wellness check for seniors.

Many senior centers across the region serve delicious, nutritionally balanced lunches and dinners to adults and their spouses. In addition, at most of the sites, a multitude of additional activities are available, such as recreation and nutrition education. In some cases, transportation is even provided by volunteers and others to the senior center and nutrition site. Almost all senior citizens over the age of 60, regardless of their background, gender, religion or income, qualify for these free meals, however donations are always appreciated and accepted in order to pay for some of the meal expenses, and funds are used to ensure the long term success and availability of the meal program.

Respite care can provide people who are caring for others with a temporary break from what can sometimes be arduous and long care giving duties. The respite vouchers provided by the offices help caregivers pay someone who has temporarily taken their place as a care provider to the family member. The Aging Services provide vouchers for grandparents raising grandchildren as well as to caregivers of persons 60 and over.




The Louisiana State Plan Personal Care of the Home- and Community-Based Services is yet another Medicaid service that helps some individuals maintain their daily living activities at home. The aging offices and state can help arrange a personal care attendant that can help the consumer with things like light housekeeping, bathing, grooming, getting in and out of bed, toileting, providing meals, etc.

Transportation assistance can be provided in part by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310. The program provides funding for specialized public transportation services for persons with disabilities as well as the elderly. Grants are to private, non-profit organizations who can then provide the cars to the needy and those who qualify.

Locations of Louisiana senior assistance centers and aging offices

Allen Council on Aging, Inc., 510 East 5th Street, Oakdale, Louisiana 71463, phone (318)335-3195

Beauregard Council on Aging, 104 Port Street, DeRidder, LA 70634, (337)463-6578

Bienville office, 1285 Pine Street/Suite 104, Arcadia, LA 71001, (318)263-8936

Bossier Council on Aging, 706 Bearkat Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111, dial (318)741-8302

Caddo Council on Aging, 1700 Buckner St, Suite 2400, Shreveport, LA 71101, dial (318) 676-7900. A second office is at 110 Toledo Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506, dial 1-800-738-2256. This location offers programs in the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion.

Caldwell center is located at 307 Main Street, Columbia, LA 71418, telephone (318) 649 2584

Cameron Council on Aging, 723 Marshall Street, Cameron, LA 70631, dial (337) 775 5668. Call this center for information on food, transportation, and other elderly assistance programs.

Capital Area Agency On Aging, Inc. supports seniors in Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge & West Feliciana. Address is 6554 Florida Blvd./Suite 121, Baton Rouge, LA 70896-6038. Phone (225) 922 2525

CENLA Area Agency On Aging provides help to seniors in Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides & Winn. 1423 Peterman Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301. Main number is (318)-484-2260.

Claiborne Parish location and aging office is at 480/608 E. 4th Street, Homer, LA 71040. Phone (318) 927 6922

DeSoto Council on Aging, 1004 Polk Street, Mansfield, LA 71052. Telephone is (318) 872 3700

East Baton Rouge Parish, 5790 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. Call (225)923-8000.

Jefferson Parish, 6640 Riverside Dr./Ste. 140, Metairie, LA 70033-3769. Dial the agency at (504)-888-5880.





Jefferson Davis Council on Aging, 210 South State Street, Jennings, LA 70546. Call (337)-824-5504.

Lafourche Council on Aging, Inc., 4876 Hwy 1, Mathews LA 70375. Main phone number is (888)879-4400.

Lincoln Council on Aging, Inc., 307 Homer Street, Ruston, LA 71270. Telephone (318)-255-5070

Madison, 203 South Elm Street, Tallulah, LA 71282. Call (318) 574 4101

Morehouse Council on Aging, Inc., 200 Elm Street, East Madison Park, Bastrop, LA 71221. Primary phone number is (800)256-3006.

Natchitoches Council on Aging, Inc., 1016 Keyser Avenue, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Dial (318) 357 3250

New Orleans is supported by a center at 2020 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana 70113-1475. Telephone (504) 520-8471

North Delta Regional Plan. & Dev. District provide services in East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Richland, Tensas and Union Parish. 1913 Stubbs Avenue, Monroe, LA 71201, call (318)387-2572

Ouachita Council on Aging, 2407 Ferrand Street, Monroe, Louisiana 71201. Telephone number is (318) 387-0535

Plaquemines Council on Aging, Inc., 27419 Highway 23, Port Sulphur, LA 70083-0189. Call (985)564-3220.

Red River Council on Aging, Inc., 1825 Front Street, Coushatta, LA 71019. Primary phone number is (318) 932 5721.

Sabine Parish, 200 Legacy Drive, Many, Louisiana 71449. Call (318) 256-4140. Provides information on non-profits, prescription medications, and other aid.

St. Bernard Council on Aging, Inc., 8201 A West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA 70043-1611. Main phone number is (504) 278-7335 or 7336

St. Charles Parish, 626 Pine Street/Suite A, Hahnville, LA 70057. Call (985) 783 6683

St. James, 5153 Canatella Street, Convent, Louisiana, (225) 562 2362

St. John Council on Aging, Inc., 1805 West Airline Highway, LaPlace, LA 70068. Main number is (985)-652-3660.

St. Tammany Council on Aging, Inc., 623 Plaza, Covington, Louisiana 70433-0000. Dial (985)892-0377

Terrebonne Council on Aging, Inc., 995 West Tunnel Boulevard, Houma, LA 70360. Telephone number is (985)-868-8411. Various seniors and older adults resources are available for seniors and low income families.

Vernon, 200 North Third Street, Leesville, LA 71446. Call (337) 239 4361

Webster Council on Aging, Inc., 316 McIntyre Street, Minden, Louisiana 71058. Call (318) 371 3056 for information and intake.

West Carroll Council on Aging, Inc., 207 East Jefferson Street, Oak Grove, LA 71263. Telephone (318)428-4217

Winn Council on Aging, Inc., Post Office Box 1, Winfield, Louisiana 71483, main number is (318)628-2186


By Jon McNamara

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