Older Adult Services

Tel: 301-265-8450  |  Fax: (301) 248-5358 | TTY Dial 211 for Maryland Relay

There are a growing number of people who are faced with making life-changing decisions for themselves and elderly family members. The Aging Services Division provides and supports a broad range of services and programs for seniors and their families.

The purpose of the Area Agency on Aging is to support older adults so they can maintain the highest possible quality of life with independence and dignity, and to assist seniors and their family members with the many challenges of the aging process. The Area Agency on Aging acts as the first resource you can turn to for help.  In Prince George’s County, the Area Agency on Aging is part of the Department of Family Services. The Area Agency on Aging provides the following services and programs for seniors and their families.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs are designed to provide knowledge, skills and training to assist in improving overall health and working towards a healthier lifestyle.  Programs and activities are provided the following areas:

Health Screening – Blood Pressure Checks, Diabetes screening, Cholesterol

To qualify, an individual must:

  • Be a Prince George’s County resident;
  • Be elderly (62+); and
  • Meet the following income and assets requirements
    • Monthly income cannot exceed $2,637 (individual), $3,448 (couple)
    • Assets cannot exceed $11,000 (individual), $14,000 (couple).

Self-Management for Chronic Disease

The focus of the Evidence-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is to help older adults take more control of their own health with the help of a proven, effective program lead by individuals that both have a chronic disease and have had been a program participant. The program teaches participants to manage their symptoms, communicate effectively with medical personnel, reduce frustration, fight fatigue, make daily tasks easier, and get more out of life. The class is held 2 ½ hours weekly for 6 weeks throughout the community.

​​Meals and Nutrition

The Senior Nutrition Program provides hot nutritious meals to those Prince George’s County Seniors 60 years and older. The program promotes health and independence. Each meal served meets at least one third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for older adults and follows the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Senior Nutrition Program provides meals along with recreational and educational programs.

The Congregate Meal Program serves meals to seniors in a congregate setting such as senior centers, religious facilities, senior housing and community centers.

The Home Delivered Meal Program provides meals to the homebound elderly, with the intent to assist the senior resident with remaining in their own home. A hot meal is delivered to the senior’s door five days a week.

To qualify, an individual must:

  • Be a Prince George’s County resident
  • Be at least age 60 or older, or have a spouse that is 60 years of age or older

Senior Retirees and Volunteers

The Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) assists people aged 55 and older who have gained a lifetime of experience put their skills and talents to work through volunteerism in their communities. Volunteers may choose the days and amount of time they want to serve from just a few hours to up to 40 hours each week serving in a variety of roles which include the following:

  • Mentoring and tutoring students
  • Supporting and providing services to the community and government agencies
  • Helping seniors with basic computer skills in a classroom setting
  • Assisting seniors with health insurance problems and claim issues
  • Assisting the American Red Cross
  • Mobilization of other volunteers
  • Advocating in nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • Providing hospice care
  • Providing special event coverage
  • Providing a variety of hospital and non-profit support services and
  • Many more.

To qualify, an individual must be:

  • Age 55 or older,
  • Be willing to use their gifts and talents to help others,
  • Be willing to serve in the communities of Prince George’s County and
  • Be willing to help people of all ages and ethnicities.

Some of the program benefits are:

  • Monthly mileage reimbursement,
  • A secondary accidental and personal insurance liability insurance,
  • The opportunity to network with people of all ages and,
  • Orientation and on the job training.

The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)is sponsored by the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Foster Grandparent volunteers serve as role models and mentors to special needs, at risk children in the County’s Public Schools. The volunteers provide emotional support and nurturing to children who have been abused and neglected; and offer extra help and encouragement to children with disabilities. Volunteers are paid a modest stipend and receive mileage reimbursement for transportation and accident and liability insurance while on duty.

To qualify, an individual must:

  • Be 55 years of age or older
  • Meet maximum income requirements of $1,830 monthly

At Home Assistance

The Telephone Reassurance Program (TRP) provides daily telephone contact to clients who are homebound or otherwise isolated during the day. Volunteers make daily telephone calls to seniors to ensure that they have the air conditioning or heat on, check that seniors have taken their daily medication and to inquire if there are any services provided by the Area Agency on Aging they might need

To qualify, an individual must:

  • Live in Prince George’s County;
  • Be 60 years of age of older;
  • Be homebound or isolated;
  • Or just need a friendly voice to check on them

Subsidies and ​Financial Assistance

The Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Older Adults (OAW) goal is to enable older adults to remain in the community setting though advance age or disability would warrant placement in a nursing home facility. The OAW program allows those services, usually covered by Medicaid in a nursing home, to be provided to eligible individuals in their own homes or in an assisted living facility in the community. These services include personal care, respite care, medical adult daycare, home-delivered meals, environmental assessments, environmental adaptations, personal emergency response system, assistive devices, behavior consultation, nutritional consultation and case management.

To qualify, an individual must:

  • Meet the medical eligibility requirements for Long Term Care benefits in a nursing home facility;
  • Be an older adult (50+), residing in the state of Maryland;
  • Meet the income guidelines of $2,022; and
  • Meet the asset guidelines of no more than $2,000 - $2,500.

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) provides assistance to individuals transitioning from an institution, or nursing facility, to community living in an apartment, private home, or small group setting. MFP initiatives are to increase outreach to individuals in institutions, reduce the barriers to transition, and enhance community based services. New efforts under MFP include peer mentoring, transition assistance and flexible transition funds.

To qualify, an individual must:

  • Reside in Maryland in an institutional setting receiving long term care;
  • Meet the income and asset guidelines for the waiver programs; and
  • Transition to a qualified residence under a waiver program.

The Assisted Living Subsidy Program provides funding for low-income older adults who may need financial assistance in order to afford placement in an assisted living facility and enables individuals to continue to reside in the community. The assisted living facility combines housing with supportive services by offering congregate meals, housekeeping personal services and 24-hour supervision.

To qualify, an individual must:

  • Be a Prince George’s County resident;
  • Be elderly (62+); and
  • Meet the following income and assets requirements:

Monthly income cannot exceed $2,637 (individual), $3,448 (couple)
Assets cannot exceed $11,000 (individual), $14,000 (couple).

Legal Assistance​

Adult Public Guardianship Program

In Maryland, a guardian must be appointed by a Circuit Court Judge. It is the Judge who always decides who is the best person/party to serve as a disabled person’s guardian. If there is no family member or friend willing or able to serve as a guardian, the Judge appoints a public agency to serve in that role. In such cases involving individuals 65 years of age or older, the Director of the local Area Agency on Aging is appointed Guardian of the Person. For court appointed cases, the guardianship staff makes everyday decisions regarding medical matters, shelter and personal welfare issues.

Senior Care

The Senior Care Program provides services for seniors who may be at risk for nursing home placement. Older adults can access publicly funded services, or if they are not available, the Senior Care staff will make arrangements with private vendors. Services can include personal care, chore, adult day care, financial help for medications, medical supplies, respite care, home delivered meals, emergency response system, transportation, and others.;

To qualify, an individual must:

  • Be a Prince George’s County resident;
  • Be elderly (65+); and
  • Meet the following income and assets requirements:
    • Monthly income cannot exceed $2,637 (individual), $3,448 (couple)
    • Assets cannot exceed $11,000 (individual), $14,000 (couple).

For More Information on the above services, contact:
Prince George's County, Department of Family Services
Aging and Disabilities Resource Services Division
6420 Allentown Road
Camps Springs, MD 20748
(301) 265-8450
Fax (301) 248-5362