We encourage n4a members and staff to follow guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as from local, regional and national health officials. n4a will rely on this guidance as we update our members on developments related to the new coronavirus. Questions? Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following resources can provide Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI aging programs with information that can help them plan and prepare to meet the needs of older adults in their communities.
To see resources from different federal agencies, including the Administration for Community Living and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as other national organizations, visit our government resources webpage.
n4a developed a members-only COVID-19 peer resources page where our members can view resources developed by their peers that can help in their agency’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Examples from the Field
To see examples of AAA innovation in response to COVID-19, visit our Grab-and-Go page to see what others are doing!
Interviews from AAA Directors in the Field
n4a has interviewed AAA directors from some of the hardest-hit areas of the country to learn how they prepared for and are addressing COVID-19 outbreaks in their communities.
- Cathy Knight, Director of Aging and Disability Services for Seattle-King County
- Shireen McSpadden, Executive Director, San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services
- Emily Shea, Commissioner, Boston Age Strong Commission, the Boston Area Agency on Aging
- Mae Carpenter, Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services
Staying Safe at Home During the Coronavirus Crisis
Developed with AAAs and their providers in mind, the Eldercare Locator’s consumer fact sheet on COVID-19 gives older adults and caregivers vital information on COVID-19, such as why older adults and people with chronic conditions are at higher risk, ways to prevent the spread of the disease, symptoms of COVID-19, what to do if you get sick and how to protect against COVID-19 scams that have cropped up all around the country. The flyer is available in English and Spanish.
New! Staying Connected at Home During COVID-19
A new flyer from the Eldercare Locator and engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults helps AAAs and others in the Aging Network ensure that older adults have the information, resources and tips they need to stay connected to the community during the COVID-19 national health crisis, thereby avoiding the negative health effects of social isolation and loneliness.
- Preparing for Coronavirus: A Conversation with Federal, State and Local Leaders (March 11, 2020)
- Policies for an Aging America: What We're Working Toward in 2020 (March 18, 2020)
- Stimulus Loans for Nonprofits: What You Need to Know: Thanks to the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging who developed this webinar, n4a members now have access to expert advice on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provided under the CARES Act, the third stimulus bill in response to the impact the COVID-19 national health pandemic is having on the country. The PPP is available to all 501(c)(3) organizations, so if your agency or your provider agencies are worried about making payroll during the crisis, take the time to explore whether the PPP could offer some low-interest relief—that may ultimately not need to be paid back!
Updates re: n4a’s policy positions on COVID-19 can be found here.