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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National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)

The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) was authorized by the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2000, Public Law 106-501. It was developed by the Administration on Aging of the United States and was designed to provide supportive services to family caregivers.

The purpose of NFCSP is to provide a multi-faceted service delivery to assist grandparents raising grandchildren and individuals who are caring for an elderly or developmentally disabled relative.

NFCSP collaborates with other aging providers in order to render the necessary services needed to assist relatives as caregivers and meet the needs of their loved one.

The following services are provided:

Information and Assistance
Provides the caregiver with information on available resources and supportive services, which also includes Family Caregiver Educational Trainings

Individual and family counseling is provided to equip caregivers with information and resources needed to make informed decisions about their loved ones’ care

In-home Respite
Provides the caregiver with a 4-hour break from their caregiving duties

Personal Care Assistance
Offers assistance with personal hygiene needs, such as bathing, grooming, and toileting

Identifying potential clients and referring to services

Caregiver Support Groups
Caregiver support groups are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month. The groups are designed to provide a venue for caregivers to express their problems and concerns about caring for a loved one, learn about services, and meet other caregivers

Material Aid
Aid offered to clients on a limited basis when funds are available. Clients are offered a material aid voucher to use at a local New Orleans pharmacy. Material aid assistance allows clients to obtain adult incontinent items, personal hygiene supplies, and nutritional supplements

Persons 18 years of age or older who are the unpaid caretakers for an elderly, loved one age 60 and over.
Persons 18 years of age or older with a developmentally-disabled relative age 21 and older requiring assistance with daily care, or on a as per needed basis with care, bathing and personal hygiene, and sitter services.
The person being cared for must reside in Orleans Parish. The caregiver does not have to live with the individual being cared for.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Assistance
Support Groups
Held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The goal of the support group is to inform grandparents on available resources and discuss any issues and concerns they may have about raising a grandchild.

GRG Annual Conference
Held in September, which is also Grandparents Raising Grandchildren month in Louisiana. The conference provides an opportunity for GRGs to learn skills and techniques that will improve the parenting role and gain information that will support them in their efforts to raise children.

Primary caregiver (full or temporary custody) for one or more grandchildren under the age of 18.
Must reside in Orleans Parish