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About

Our agency, values, mission, and more

We are an agency focused on assisting older adults, unpaid caregivers, and adults with disabilities in our area.

In 1965, the Older Americans Act (OAA) was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The amendment of the OAA in 1973 formally established the Area Agencies on Aging across the country. Shortly thereafter, in 1976, the Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging started its journey to become a strong pillar and local resource in the community. Since then, the aging and disability network has continued to evolve as we account for the changing and complex environment in which we operate in today.

The agency is funded both by state funds through our partnership with the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Aging and Long Term Support Administration (ALTSA), and is designated to receive funding from the Older Americans Act (OAA) through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and through the Center for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS).

Our team is composed of highly dedicated and experienced people who value service, excellence, empowerment and collaboration. Together we accomplish our goals and live our mission and vision -- enriching lives and supporting people to live fully and with dignity.

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In Memoriam: Dennis Mahar+

Dennis Mahar joined LMTAAA in 1979 and was Executive Director from 1981 – 2016. He brought to the organization extensive experience with juvenile offenders, developmentally and mentally disabled, and elderly individuals.

Dennis contributed extensively to the community working directly with multiple community organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington, Thurston-Mason Senior News, Washington State Senior Games, United Way of Thurston County, and Thurston County Food Bank, among others. Dennis also served on multiple Legislative Long-Term Care work groups and worked closely with Washington State Senior Citizen’s Lobby.

 

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