About : In 1965, Congress enacted the Older Americans Act to coordinate community-based programs for older citizens. Amendments to the Act in 1972 and 1973 added a nutrition program for the elderly and required states to establish Area Agencies on Aging to coordinate federal and state programs with local efforts. About 650 area agencies on aging exist nation-wide. Their mandate is to assist seniors in finding the services they need to remain independent and safe in their home as long as possible. Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington (AACCW) works with and through community organizations to administer a wide range of services for adults 60 and over and people with disabilities. AACCW serves Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, and Okanogan Counties in Washington State. The Agency and its programers are funded through a partnership of federal, state and local governments. Federal money is allocated through the Administration on Aging and, along with state funds, is passed through to AACCW through the Aging and Disabilities Services Administration of the Department of Social and Health Services. AACCW is part of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NA4), and the Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A).