For over 35 years, the Administration on Aging has provided home and community-based services to millions of older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act. The Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services serves as a link between the national Administration on Aging and local programs, Area Agencies on Aging. Area Agencies administer a wide variety of home and community-based services for Utah residents who are 60 and older. The goal is to ensure services are provided statewide that allow people to remain independent.
Local Area Agencies on Aging have been designated to cover geographic regions of the state of Utah and are charged with the responsibility of providing a comprehensive array of services to, and advocating for, the needs of seniors residing in their areas.
The Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) was created as Utah’s State Unit on Aging by Utah statute (62A-3-104)opens in a new tab giving the Division
the legal authority to establish and monitor programs that serve the needs of Utah’s seniors.
The Division is the sole state agency, as defined by the Older Americans Act of 1965opens in a new tab as amended to; (1) serve as an effective and visible advocate for the aging and adult population of Utah; (2) develop and administer a state plan under the policy direction of the Board; and (3) take primary responsibility for state activities relating to the Older Americans Act.
Adult Protective Services
The Division administers the Adult Protective Services program to investigate cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults. Trained staff in a statewide system of offices, work with local law enforcement and community partners to educate and assist victims to access appropriate resources within the community.