Programs and Services

Programs and Services

​Welcome! The Maryland Department of Aging (MDoA) and the statewide network of 19 Area Agencies on Aging assist older Marylanders with​ a range of services and sources of information. MDoA administers state and federal programs, many of which are significantly lower in cost than nursing home placement. Choose a program listed to the left and click on its name to obtain helpful information. The list below includes a brief description of each MDoA program.

Information and Empowerment

Elder Abuse Prevention 

Educates older adults and their caregivers about the various forms of abuse, how to prevent abuse, and what to do if someone becomes a victim of a crime. 

Maryland Access Point (MAP) Information and Assistance Program

Provides seniors, individuals with disabilities, caregivers and families with long term care information and counseling so that informed decisions can be made. 

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) 

Program goals are to reduce the amount of federal and state funds lost due to health insurance fraud and increase the public’s awareness of fraudulent activities. 

State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) 

Provides confidential assistance for older adults and adults with disabilities on Medicare about their health insurance options. 

Community Wellness, Nutrition and Activities

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 

Promotes preventive health, wellness, and physical fitness. 

Nutrition and Meal Services 

Provides meals and nutritional assessment for older adults with an emphasis on nutritional balance and independence in the community.

Senior Center Services 

The hub of most nutrition and health promotion activities, Senior Centers provide a vital link for older individuals, encouraging them to take charge of their health and stay involved in their community.

Long Term Services and Supports

Congregate Housing Services Program 

Provides assistance with activities of daily living in senior citizen apartment buildings that serve low and moderate- income residents. 

Continuing Care Retirement Communities 

CCRCs are specific types of retirement housing that offer a combination of housing and services, including access to health-related benefits for more than one year and usually for life. 

Money Follows the Person Options Counseling 

Initiative to identify Medicaid-eligible individuals in nursing homes who want to transition back into the community using home and community-based services offered through Medicaid waivers.

National Family Caregiver Support Program 

Provides a broad array of services to families and caregivers who are not receiving compensation for their services. 

Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy Program 

Provides low and moderate-income seniors with access to assisted living services in group homes licensed by the State.

Senior Care Services 

Provides coordinated, community-based, in-home services to seniors with disabilities.

Elder Rights Protections

Ombudsman Advocacy for Residents of Assisted Living and Nursing Homes​ 

Advocates of nursing home residents who conduct regular visits to promote quality care in assisted living facilities.

Public Guardianship Services 

Provides protection and advocacy on behalf of older adults who are deemed by a court of law to lack the capacity to communicate responsible decisions concerning their daily living needs.

Senior Legal Assistance 

Provides access to legal advice, counseling and representation to older Marylanders as well as legal support to local Ombudsmen, Health Insurance Counselors and Public Guardianship managers. ​