The strength of the aging network is that it has the freedom to operate at the local community level. The Administration on Aging does not provide a prescriptive set of guidelines, but it establishes basic principles describing goals to be achieved at the local level.

AoA relates in a partnership manner with states and tribes, who use their sovereign relationship with regional and local service areas to designate area agencies to assess what is needed in their own communities and ensure that the funds are spent in ways that are responsive to those needs.

The section of the Library will describe programs at all levels of the aging network, and several of the key partners with whom they collaborate.