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. 

Elder Financial Exploitation, Scams and Fraud Prevention ​

Provides information about the financial exploitation of older and vulnerable adults, including how to educate seniors and caregivers about financial abuse prevention.

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. 

Maryland Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (DME) 

The Maryland Department of Aging is providing durable medical equipment (DME) to Marylanders with any illness, injury, or disability, regardless of age, at little to no cost. All equipment is repaired and thoroughly sanitized. ​

Maryland Senior Call Check Program  

Maryland is the first state in the country to start a free, opt-in, telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents, all across the state.​

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

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

Caregiver Services Corps (CSC)

The Maryland Department of Aging has implemented a new statewide Caregiver Services Corps (CSC), with the goal of enabling older adults to remain in their homes with the support systems in place to do so. The service is designed to address pressing needs that are temporary, such as: an older adult determines they won’t have food to make it through the end of the week, or a family member who cares for their elderly loved one can’t check in on them the next day.     ​

Community For Life (CFL)​

The Maryland Community for Life (CFL) is a creative and unique program that provides a package of services for homeowners and renters. Developed for older adults living independently in their own homes, the Maryland Community for Life program delivers key services designed to navigate predictable home maintenance, transportation, and community access needs in a cost-effective and supportive manner. 

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 (CCRC) 

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. 

National Family Caregiver Support Program 

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

The Senior Assisted Living Subsidy Program provides subsidies on behalf of eligible senior residents of assisted living facilities which are licensed by the Maryland Department of Health.    ​

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.