Area Agency on Aging
The capacity of everyone regardless of age or ability to be included in all physical structures, programs, and means of communication (e.g., websites, e-mail, telephone).
Adult Care Food Program
Administration for Community Living (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Active Living Community
A community designed to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines. These are typically built for adults age 50+.
Activities of daily living (ADLs)
The functional ability of a person. The primary ADLs are bathing, eating, grooming, dressing, walking, and toileting. See also IADLs.
Aged and Disabled Adult Medicaid Waiver
Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative
Activities of Daily Living
Aging and Disability Resource Center
Adult day program
Structured programs with social activities and health-related and rehabilitation services for older adults who are physically or emotionally disabled and need a protective environment.
Ambassadors for Aging
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
One-stop shop that provides information and assistance to people who need public or private resources, professionals seeking assistance on behalf of their clients, and people planning for their future long-term care needs.
Aging in place
The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.
Stereotyping and prejudice against individuals or groups because of their age.
Agency for Health Care Administration
Assisted Living for the Frail Elderly Medicaid Waiver
Assisted Living Facility
Alzheimer’s Disease Medicaid Waiver
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Signed into law in 1990, this act prohibits discrimination based on disability in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.
Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of the Elderly
Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Adult Protective Services
Aging Resource Center
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
A planning body of governments which plans, coordinates, and advocates for a development of a comprehensive service delivery system to meet the needs of older people in a specific geographic area.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
A facility that bridges the gap between independent living and living in a nursing home or skilled-care facility. Staff provides assistance with activities of daily living in a small group home or a larger facility.
Asset-based or strengths-based model
A model of care in communities that acknowledges the vitality, wisdom, experience, and value of all residents regardless of ability. Residents are respected and their desire to remain independent and make their own choices is encouraged.