Aging Network

Aging & Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for King County—is part of the Aging Network which was established in 1965 with the passage of the Older Americans Act. See our historical timeline, below.

National Level

National Aging Network DiagramThe Administration for Community Living (ACL) is the official Federal agency dedicated to policy development, planning and the delivery of supportive home and community-based services to older persons and their caregivers. The AoA works through the national aging network of 56 State Units on Aging, 655 Area Agencies on Aging, and 236 Tribal and Native organizations.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the umbrella organization for the AAAs and Title VI Native American aging programs in the U.S. Through its presence in Washington, D.C., n4a advocates on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans.

State Level

In Washington State, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) functions as the State Unit on Aging. ALTSA is part of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

Local Level

Diagram of Aging Network partners in Seattle and King County

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The Seattle-King County Area Agency on Aging is one of 13 AAAs in Washington State. The Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A) works with local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to create elder friendly communities and to enhance the effectiveness of each AAA through a strong agenda of information, debate, advocacy and education.

In addition to providing direct services, ADS subcontracts with over 60 agencies to provide a network of in-home and community services, support programs and assistance to older adults and qualified disabled adults.


In 2018, over 46,000 older adults, family caregivers and adults with disabilities in King County received services from the local Aging Network. To get more information on the types of programs and services available for older adults and people with disabilities, contact Community Living Connections at 206-962-8467 (toll-free 1-844-348-KING).


Aging programs and services in Seattle-King County have evolved since the 1920s. A timeline produced for the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act provides highlights. For more information, visit our Our Elders, Our Selves: Visiting the Past, Planning for Our Future webpage and watch the video by the same name.

timeline of history