Aging Ahead Profile
In 2016, Aging Ahead celebrated its 43rd year as a not-for-profit agency that provides services and information to people age 60 and older and their caregivers. Aging Ahead services, programs, resources and assistance are offered to older adults living in the counties of St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin and St. Charles. As one of the 10 area agencies in Missouri, Aging Ahead is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services under Title III of the Older Americans Act of 1965. Additional funds available to the agency include Missouri General Revenue, participant contributions for services and community and corporate donations.
Aging Ahead operates 22 senior centers, maintains a comprehensive information and assistance service and provides a variety of programming and services to senior citizens. Aging Ahead has contracted with numerous other agencies including senior centers, adult day care, ombudsman services, long-term care information, legal services, in-home and respite services and transportation to provide needed services for older adults.
Aging Ahead is governed by a 23-member board of directors. An advisory council assists the board on development and administration of Aging Ahead's area plan and the delivery of nutrition and support services. Membership of the board and council represents all four counties in our service area, and most members are age 60 or older.
The agency is active in several volunteer programs to improve services to the frail elderly. These programs include the Silver Haired Legislature advocacy group, "Matter of Balance," "Healthy Living," SMP, Senior Medicare Patrol (to prevent Medicare Fraud), and the Christmas Day Meals Project. Local schools are working with Aging Ahead through the Meal Runner Program where students help deliver meals.
Aging Ahead targets services to older adults at all levels of mobility. These services are provided by 132 staff members and approximately 2,000 dedicated volunteers. Their individual and collective mission is to improve the lives of the more than 334,461 older adults in the four-county service area Aging Ahead strives to serve.