Mission Statement: The
Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging recognizes the individual
capabilities and needs of each older person. Therefore,
CMAAA's mission is to assist communities in establishing a full
range of services, which allow older persons to live in the most
independent manner possible.
At one time, older persons
(and their families) had no alternative but nursing home care when
age-related problems robbed them of their independence. Today,
however, a nationwide network of Area Agencies on Aging are
assisting seniors, their families and their communities through
programs tailored to help older adults live as independently as
Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging (CMAAA) is a private,
non-profit corporation serving 19 counties in Mid-Missouri.
Our main office is in Columbia, with field offices in Lebanon and
California. The agency was organized in 1973 as part of a national
network of more than 600 Area Agencies on Aging. This network
of agencies was formed in response to federal legislation titled the
Older Americans Act.
of directors consists of one delegate from each of the 19 counties
served by CMAAA. Board members are elected by adults 60 years
of age and older who live in the service area. Most board
members are over the age of 60. In addition to the board, an
advisory council composed of older representatives from each county
offers input to the agency.
plans, develops and coordinates a network of services for family
caregivers and older persons. The essential goal of our
services is to enable older persons to live in their own homes for
as long as possible.
The agency utilizes federal, state and local tax dollars as well as
private donations to implement its programs. Clients voluntarily
contribute toward the cost of the services received. In addition,
many communities conduct private fundraising efforts to supplement
the funds provided by CMAAA thereby expanding services to even more
local residents. Volunteers contribute freely of their time and
talents allowing us to provide cost effective and compassionate