The New Orleans Council on Aging (NOCOA) exists to protect the rights, promote the well being, and enhance the self-esteem of New Orleans elderly by generating opportunities for self-reliance and independence.

The New Orleans Council on Aging is a private, non-profit corporation which serves as the Area Agency on Aging for Orleans Parish. The agency is responsible for insuring that a comprehensive and coordinated assortment of social, recreational, educational, and nutritional services are provided to persons aged 60 and over in the City of New Orleans.

For questions about services provided by the New Orleans Council on Aging and other agencies, call 504-821-4121 or email us at administration@nocoa.org.

The New Orleans Council on Aging (NOCOA) is not a department of the City of New Orleans.

Glossary of Acronyms

AAA - Area Agency on Aging, also referred to as Area Agency

ADRC - Aging and Disability Resource Center

ALF - Assisted Living Facility

ADI - Alzheimer's Disease Initiative

AOA - Administration on Aging within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

EDA - Elderly and Disabled Waiver

GOEA - Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs

HHS - United States Department of Health and Human Services.

ICP - Institutional Care Program

OAA - Older Americans Act.

LPCS - Long-term Personal Care Services

PSA - Planning and Service Area

SSI - Supplemental Security Income Program



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Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Advisory Council

Function of the Advisory Council 
  • The Advisory Council was established and serves in accordance with Section 1321.93 Pg. 21156, Vol. 45, No. 63 Monday May 31, 1980 of the federal Register with duties outlined in Section 1321.97, Vol. 45, No. 63.
  • The function and purpose of the Advisory Council is to develop and administer the AAA area plan, conduct public hearings, champion and represent the interests of older adults, provide strategic support to further AAA's goals, and review and comment on all community policies and programs affecting older adults. 
  • Members of this Advisory Council represent older adults with dire economic and social needs, local elected officials, and the general public. 
  • Meetings are held bi-monthly (once every two months)
Council Members 2016 to 2017:
  • Ms. Ann Byerly
  • Ms. Emelda Paul
  • Ms. Lisa Plauche
  • Commissioner Earline Roth
  • Ms. Liljosie Thompkins
  • Ms. Ginger Van Wart
  • Ms. Tydell Whitfield
  • Location: 2475 Canal St., Ste. 400 New Orleans at 10:00 a.m.
  • 2016 Dates
  • February 9th
  • April 12th
  • June  9th (Annual Meeting)
  • August 9th
  • October 14th
  • December 13th (Holiday Potluck)
More Information:
The Advisory Council holds annual membership drives to recruit new members. For more information, please contact the Director of Social Services at (504) 821-4121 ext. 105