The Area Agency on Aging is a leader in the community on issues pertaining to elders and caregivers. It is a visible focal point that assists elders with services or programs that can allow them to age in their own homes for as long as possible. As the Area Agency on Aging, Coastline is responsible for carrying out the mandates of the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965, as amended, and must prepare and develop a multi-year plan for the planning and service area.

The Area Plan has three main objectives and serves as a planning document which describes priority needs; fulfills a formal commitment to the State Unit on Aging (the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs) as to the manner in which the Area Agency on Aging will plan to utilize the OAA funds, and it serves as a “blueprint for action” which represents a commitment by the Area Agency on Aging to fulfill its role as the catalyst and advocate on behalf of older persons.