About the Area Agency on Aging

SMPDD is the designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA). In concert with the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, the Area Agency on Aging serves as the public advocate for the development and implementation of comprehensive and coordinated home and community based care systems responsive to the current needs and future growth of the aging population.

The AAA coordinates and offers services that help preserve the independence and dignity of older adults by providing services and supports that enable them to remain living in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Services such as home-delivered meals, homemaker assistance, respite care and others promote independent living as a viable option. By making a range of supports available, AAA’s make it possible for older individuals to choose the services and living arrangements that suit them best.

Area Agency on Aging Responsibilities

Assess the needs of older adults in the community and develop and fund programs that respond to those needs;
Educate and provide direct assistance to consumers about available community resources for long-term services and supports;
Serve as a single point of entry to assistance by assessing multiple service needs, determining eligibility, providing or referring to services and monitoring the appropriateness and cost effectiveness of services;
Supports needs of special populations of physically and mentally impaired, abused, neglected or exploited, as well as those of advanced age without a caregiver to assist them when in need;
Promote healthy lifestyles through education and fitness programs;
Represent the interest of local seniors at state and national levels;
Continually research and identify new and innovative funding opportunities for older adults; and
Demonstrate responsible fiscal stewardship by maximizing use of public and private funding to serve as many consumers as possible.

AAA Services

Adult Day Care

Adult Day Care is a service which provides a place for older persons with serious health problems or impairments to go during the day for recreational activities, personal care supervision, nutrition, limited health care and the opportunity to interact socially with other people in group activities. In order to qualify for this program individuals must be 60 or older with scores ranging from level II through III on the Division of Aging and Adult Services screening instrument.

Case Management

Case Management links individuals to personal care, housekeeping, nutrition programs and other services to assist these persons to remain in their own homes. The Case Management program provides continuity of services to persons age 60 and over. It is the mechanism by which services are coordinated and monitored. In order to qualify for this program individuals must receive a level II score of 22 or above on the Division of Aging and Adult Services screening instrument.

Congregate Meals

A congregate meal is a nutritionally balanced meal served in a specific location such as a community or senior center. Congregate meals are primarily for the fairly mobile Senior population. In order to qualify for this program individuals must be age 60 or older, or be the spouse of an eligible person.

Meal Site Locations
Mount Olive
101 7th St.
Mt. Olive, MS 39119
Phone: (601) 797-9695
Collins Senior Citizen Center
900 Civic Citizen Center
Collins, MS  39428
Phone: (601) 765-8313

Senior Citizens Center
7102-A Highway 98 East
Lucedale, MS 39452
Phone: (601) 947-2162
Twin Oaks
701 West Pine Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: (601) 545-5614

Senior Citizens Center
601 Bookter Street
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: (228) 467-9292

Charles L. Walker Senior Center
4008 8th Street
Gulfport, MS
Phone: (228) 575-4535
Lobouy Senior Center
9509 Lobouy Road
Pass Christian, MS 39571
Phone: (228) 255-4757
Frances Fredericks Senior Center
3312 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Gulfport, MS 39501
Phone: (228) 868-8416
Lyman Senior Center
14592 County Farm Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone: (228) 832-2606
Woolmarket Prime of Life Center
16320 Old Woolmarket Road
Biloxi, MS 39532
Phone: (228) 396-3228

Moss Point Senior Center
5343 Jefferson Street
Moss Point, MS 39563
Phone: (228) 471-1243
Ocean Springs Senior Center
514 Washington Avenue
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Phone: (228) 872-3653

Prentiss Senior Center
1027 2nd Street
Prentiss, MS 39474
Phone: (601) 792-8375

Arco Lane
433 Arco Lane
Laurel, MS 39440
Phone: (601) 426-9009
Roosevelt Community Center
102 Roosevelt Street
Ellisville, MS 39437
Phone: (601) 422-9292

Columbia Site
1060 Highway 13 South
Columbia, MS 39429
Phone: (601) 736-9564
New Zion Activity Center
17 East Marion School Road
Columbia, MS 39429
Phone: (601) 522-2460
St. Matthews
2301 James Thomas Street
Picayune, MS 39466
Phone: (601) 798-6358
Senior Center of South Pearl River County
45 El Patch Parkway
Picayune, MS 39466
Phone: (601) 798-9892
Raine Street Center
504 Raine Street
Poplarville, MS 39470
Phone: (601) 795-7757
Ferris O’Neal Senior Center
1240 South Magnolia Drive
Wiggins, MS 39577
Phone: (601) 528-5952

Family Caregiver Support Program

This program includes information to caregivers about available services, assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services, individual counseling, organization of support groups and caregiver training to assist caregivers in making decisions and solving problems relating to their caregiving roles, and supplemental respite services to complement care by caregivers. The services are provided to the caregiver. Caregiver is defined as: 1) any individual, regardless of age, providing care for a person 60 years of age or older, or 2) a grandparent or other relative, 55 years of age or older, caring for a child 18 years of age or younger.
*Since within Family Caregiver support Grandparent is all that we are offering at this time

Foster Grandparent Program

When you share your love, time, and experience, you have the power to help a child who needs you. If you’re 55 years or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent.

As a Foster Grandparent, you’re a role model, a mentor, and a friend. Serving at local organizations-including faith-based groups, Head Start Centers, schools, day care centers and other youth facilities that serve children with exceptional needs-you help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Put simply, you give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.


Foster Grandparents have to be income eligible and serve up to 15-40 hours per week. In return, you’ll receive a tax-free, hourly stipend, transportation reimbursement, pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.

And remember: When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others-you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promote a positive outlook on life.

To apply, please complete Participant Application and Records Check Authorization forms fully and submit to:

Foster Grandparent Program
700 Hardy Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Download the forms here:

  1. Participant Application
  2. Records Check Authorization
  3. Income Eligibility

For more information, contact Celeste Brown at (601) 545-2137 or cbrown@smpdd.com.

The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is federally funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and housed at Southern MS Planning and Development District Hattiesburg office.

Home Delivered Meals

Nutritionally balanced meals delivered to the homes of those unable to leave home without assistance. Persons who are homebound and are receiving case management services are given first priority for home delivered meals. In order to qualify for this program individuals must receive a level II score of 22 or above on the Division of Aging & Adult Services screening instrument.

Homemaker Service

Homemaker services assist older persons to remain in the home by providing housekeeping, laundry, food planning, shopping and other tasks. In order to qualify for this program individuals 60 and older must receive a level II score of 22 or above on the Division of Aging & Adult Services screening instrument.

Information, Assistance and Referral

Information, Assistance and Referral services support all older persons and their caregivers in assessing their needs, identifying the most appropriate services to meet their needs and linking the older person and caregiver to the agencies providing these services.

Legal Services

The Legal Assistance program is designed to assist older persons to become more aware of, and protect, their civil rights through activities or direct intervention by attorneys or legal paraprofessionals.

Long Term Care Ombudsman

Long Term Care Ombudsman services are those that relate to the well-being of institutionalized elderly persons. Services include investigation and resolution of complaints and advocacy and development of programs to ensure the quality of life for residents of long term care facilities. Complaints/concerns may relate to action which may affect a long term care resident’s life, safety, health, welfare, right and quality of care. Advocacy may involve interpretation of policies, laws, regulations and residents’ rights as well as monitoring of State and Federal legislation which may impact long term care.

Mississippi State Health Insurance Assistance Program

The Mississippi State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides information, counseling and assistance relating to Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare supplemental policies, long term care insurance and other health insurance benefit information. SHIP is available in all 15 counties.


Outreach is the extending of services or activities beyond the current or usual limits, including a variety of intervention activities designed to reach out, search for, and identify targeted groups of older individuals (60 years and older), making one-to-one contact to assess their service needs, to inform and encourage their use of available resources and make appropriate referrals.


Provides temporary relief time for the regular or primary caregiver (spouse, child, relative) of an ill, frail, infirmed, functionally impaired older individual or dementia patient that requires constant in-home care.

The purpose of respite care is to:

  • Prevent, delay or avoid premature or unnecessary institutionalization.
  • Prevent elder abuse.
  • Prevent or reduce physical and emotional stress on the family.
  • Give the primary caregiver some much needed personal time away from home and the caregivers role.
  • Prevent caregiver burnout.
  • Give the caregiver an interval of rest from the burden of constant care.
Senior Centers

A Senior Center is a focal point in the community where persons come together for a broad spectrum of services, educational and recreational programs and activities.


Transportation is provided to eligible older individuals to and from community resources for the purpose of obtaining needed services and goods. In order to qualify for this program individuals must be 60 or older and must not be a resident of a long-term care facility.

Valley Pak Meals

Nutritionally balanced home delivered meals that are available to clients of any age who are not eligible for the regular home delivered meals program. These frozen meals are packaged in reheatable trays for the microwave or conventional oven. These meals may be purchased for $97 a month through the Area Agency on Aging.

Wellness & Preventative Health Programs

Wellness & Preventative Health Programs are evidence-based health programs that have been tested and proven to work in a real-world setting. Whether you are looking to learn how to live with and manage a chronic disease or health condition, such as diabetes, learn how to reduce your fear of falling, develop healthy eating habits as you age, or want to become physically active, we’ve got a program that’s been proven to make a difference in your life.