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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, Empowerment and Protection

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.

MAP Information and Assistance Program (MAP I&A)
Provides seniors, individuals with disabilities, caregivers and families with long term care information and counseling so that informed decisions can be made.

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 Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP)
Provides training and employment assistance to eligible workers 55 years and older through participating non-profit or government agencies.

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.

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.

Medicaid Home and Community-based Services
Provides assistance with activities of daily living to Medicaid recipients who have a chronic illness, medical condition or disability.

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.