Every four years, each of the 650-plus Area Agencies (AAAs) around the country develops an Area Plan, as mandated by the Older Americans Act of 1965. The Frederick County Senior Services Division is the Are Agency on Aging for Frederick County. The plans are updated every year and will be completely revised next year, looking toward the next 4 years, 2020-2024. Area Plan 2021 outlines how the federal and some state grant funds will be used toward the provision of services for older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities.
In the state of Maryland several demographic trends shape the Senior Services Division goals and priorities for service to the elderly. The number of elderly citizens is increasing. Of the nearly 5.3 million people in Maryland in 2000, 15% (801,036) were over the age of 60.The percentage is expected to increase to 23% of Maryland's projected population of 6 million by the year 2030.
In November 1965, the Frederick County Citizens Commission on Aging surveyed needs and concerns of Frederick County senior citizens and they recommended to the County Commissioners to establish an official Commission on Aging. Patricia B. Throne served as the chairman of that citizens' commission and in December 1965, the Frederick County Commissioners created the Commission on Aging as a county department, which was known as the Department of Aging. In 2018 the Department became the Senior Services Division. The Senior Services Division is overseen by the County Executive.