Area Agency on Aging

Area Agency on AgingTake this quick survey to help San Mateo County improve services for older adults and adults with disabilities.
Are you an adult over 55 or an adult with a disability over 18, or their caregiver? San Mateo County Area Agency on Aging and the New Beginning Coalition want to know what services you need so we can plan County programs to better support you.  Survery results will help develop a comprehensive Area Plan for San Mateo County through 2020.
Give us your input by mid-December! Take a online survey here in English OR
Download a hard copy and send it to:  San Mateo County Health System, Aging and Adult Services, 225 37th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403  Attention: Cristina Ugaitafa

Survey in PDF form: English, Russian, Spanish or Tagalog

The Health System's Aging and Adult Services serves as the local Area Agency on Aging (AAA).  AAA created by the federal Older Americans Act act as the focal point for aging concerns at the community level.
The goals of the AAA are to:
  • Provide leadership in addressing the needs of seniors and people with disabilities in San Mateo County
  • Promote consumer and other public involvement in the planning and delivery of services
  • Develop systems of care in the community that supports independence for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Administer federal, state, local and private funds in support of an integrated system of care

The AAA plays a role in contracting services with other County agencies, cities and community-based organization to provide needed services.

The AAA is mandated to complete strategic plans in four year planning cycles.  The Area Plan is intended to accurately reflect AAAs future activities by involving and serving older individuals, their families, and caregivers.  It provides the format and structure to identify and document needs and addresses concerns in a manner consistent with the Older Americans Act (OAA) and the Older Californians Act (OCA) to enable communities and AAAs to plan for the future.  To this end, AAAs are charged with addressing and planning for a broad spectrum of matters related to older individuals and adults with disabilities in our community.  The Area Plan informs public and policy makers, locally and statewide, about how the AAA plans to address local needs and accomplish goals and objectives.  The Area Plan allows for the AAA to re-examine its direction and progress as a result of change and allows for the addition to, changing, or deleting of current elements and objectives.

Area Plan for 2012-2016

New Beginning Coalition

The New Beginning Coalition is a broad-based group of older adults, persons with disabilities, caregivers, and service providers that work with Aging and Adult Services, the Commission on Aging, and Commission on Disabilities to develop the countywide strategic plan for services for older adults and adults with disabilities.  The group's other roles include advocacy and community education.

New Beginning Coalition meets quarterly on the fourth Tuesday of the month.  The meetings in 2015 are set for January 27th, April 28th, July 28th, and October 27th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in room 100 at 225 37th Avenue, San Mateo.  For more information, please contact Cristina Ugaitafa at (650) 573-2937 or

SCAN Foundation

The SCAN Foundation is an independent charitable organization whose mission is to advance a coordinated and easily navigable system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence. The New Beginning Coalition has been chosen to participate in the Foundation's Community of Constituents initiative. This initiative is a statewide movement of over 500 member organizations with an additional 700 affiliated members, to transform the system of care, so that all Californians can age with dignity, choice and independence. For more information about The SCAN Foundation or the Community of Constituents initiative, visit

SCAN Foundation Communication
SCAN Foundation Grant Minutes
Minutes 2015
Minutes 2014