In 1965 the U.S Congress passed the “Older Americans Act” in response to America’s rising senior population. That elderly age group growth increased pressure on the Country’s health system, retirement, housing, employment and community services.
The Older Citizens Act led to the creation of a network system between federal, State, and local levels to oversee the programs that keep senior’s health care and independence in their homes and communities.
Today The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services oversees The National Network on Aging including the Administration on Aging. Montana’s Aging Services is part of the national network. Montana has 10 area Agencies on Aging geographically located across the state.
Montana Aging Services offers seniors a choice in both housing andhealth care, along with protecting their rights and personal autonomy.
Below are the locations of the 10 area Agencies, main offices and counties.
AREA I – GLENDIVE – Serving Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt, Garfield, McCone, Dawson, Wibaux, Prairie, Treasure, Rosebud, Carter, Fallon, Powder River and Custer Counties
AREA II – BILLINGS – Serving Carbon, Stillwater, Wheatland,Golden Valley, Musselshell, Judith Basin, Fergus, Petroleum, Bighorn and Yellowstone Counties
AREA III – CONRAD – Serving Glacier, Toole, Liberty, Pondera, Teton, Chouteau and Blaine Counties
AREA IV – HELENA – Serving Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, Jefferson, Meagher, Gallatin and Park Counties
AREA V – BUTTE – Serving Powell, Granite, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Madison and Beaverhead Counties
AREA VI – POLSON – Serving Mineral, Lake, Sanders and Lincoln Counties
AREA VII – MISSOULA – Serving Missoula and Ravalli Counties
AREA VIII – GREAT FALLS – Serving Cascade County
AREA IX – KALISPELL – Serving Flathead County
AREA X – HAVRE – Serving Hill County