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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


The rural agency on aging did not – could not – engage in effective social planning because it was charged with a full range of responsibilities for sub-state decisionmaking among competing grant applicants. Several aspects of the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) planning mission are identified and discussed including “plan preparation”, rational decision-making, sub-state allocations and needs meeting. Widespread acceptance of the legitimacy of AAA planning goals generated three alternative models, which are termed the case management, inter-organizational and community structural approaches. More effective approaches to rural social planning might have combined elements of these three approaches in a regional planning strategy.

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An earlier version of this article was published as “Comprehensive What? Coordination of Whom? AAA’s and the Planning Mandate” in the Journal of Applied Gerontology. Volume 1. June, 1982. 126-140.



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