InformationAnnual Report - Issued each year per state statute, this report summarizes the activities and accomplishments OSA and Michigan's aging network has made this past year. Read the latest annual report.
Caregiving Resource Center - Family caregivers are a mainstay of home and community-based long-term supports and services, providing 80 percent of assistance to family members and loved ones. Are you caring for an aging parent, spouse, partner, family member, friend, or person with a disability? Learn more about what services are available to you or see the additional resources below:
Creating Confident Caregivers™ - Creating Confident Caregivers™ is an evidence-based program providing support to families caring for a person with dementia who is living at home. Sign up or learn about classes available in your area or contact Sally Steiner at SteinerS@Michigan.gov for program information.
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) - The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a capitated benefit authorized by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) that features a comprehensive service delivery system and integrated Medicare and Medicaid financing for frail, elderly individuals that meet Long Term Care (LTC) level of care criteria. Learn more about PACE.
Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (TCARE®) - TCARE® is an evidence-based program that assesses caregivers and links them to optimal service choices they may most consistently use. For more information call 517-373-8230 or contact Dan Doezema at DoezemaD@Michigan.gov.
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"Community for a Lifetime" Program - This local program helps people "age in place" at home or in the setting of their choice. Best practices are promoted in livable communities, naturally occurring communities, neighborhoods, and villages to help Michigan communities prepare for, attract, and retain older residents and their families. For more information call 517-373-8230 or contact Dan Doezema at DoezemaD@Michigan.gov.
Community-based Services - Community-based services are the core of aging network programs and help older adults stay in their homes and communities as they age. Learn more about community-based services or what is available in your area or see the additional resources below:
MI Choice Waiver Program - The MI Choice Waiver Program, or "the waiver," helps eligible adults receive Medicaid-covered services like those provided by nursing homes, but can stay in their own home or another residential setting. Learn more about MI Choice.
Department of Human Services (DHS) Assistance Programs- The DHS can help you and your family with temporary assistance when times are tough. Learn more about DHS assistance programs. The DHS also has a range of independent living services that are available to anyone that needs assistance maintaining capacity within their own home. Learn more about DHS independent living services.
Elder Rights and Economic Security - Elder abuse continues to impact older and vulnerable Michigan adults. OSA estimates that at least 90,000 older adults are victimized each year, with many unable or unwilling to report their abuse to authorities. Preventing abuse, neglect and exploitation remains a primary goal of OSA. See additional resources below:
- State Long Term Care Ombudsman
Legal Assistance - This assistance is a priority service in the Older Americans Act, designed to ensure that older adults have access to needed services and the ability to address barriers to living in the least restrictive setting of their choosing. Legal assistance includes advice and counsel, direct representation, and legal education services. Call 1-800-347-5297 for more information.
Energy Assistance - The Department of Human Services (DHS) has energy and weatherization programs available. If you need help paying for energy and weatherization costs, and you meet eligibility requirements, you may be able to get help from state programs that uses federal money to assist low-income families with energy costs. Learn more about DHS energy and weatherization programs.
Health and Nutrition - Improving the health and nutrition of older adults remains a primary goal of OSA. See additional resources below:
Evidence-based Disease Prevention (EBDP) Programs - The EBDP programs are available to older adults who are affected by chronic diseases and conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and other disabilities. EBDP workshops teach participants to take control of their health by learning to maintain a healthy lifestyle through increased self-efficacy and self-management behaviors.
Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH - This innovative, seasonal nutrition program was made available again to older adults in the summer of 2012. The program provides qualified older people with coupons to be used as cash to purchase fresh, locally-grown produce from authorized Michigan farmers' markets and roadside stands.
MiCAFE - MiCAFE is a free service that helps older adults apply for assistance to help make ends meet. You can get help in applying for programs including the Bridge Card, Medicare Savings Program, utility assistance and in home services. Older adults meet by appointment with volunteers at a trained site near them. Learn more about MiCAFE.
For more information call 517-373-8230 or contact Sherri King at KingS1@Michigan.gov.
Housing - Since 1970, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has financed apartments designated for low and moderate income people. Learn more about MSHDA programs.
Information and Assistance - Accessing services and programs that assist Michigan's older adults and people with disabilities can be confusing. You may need guidance in finding the information and programs that meet your individual needs. Please call 517-373-8230 and OSA staff can help you or direct you to your local area agency on aging or other resources that may be available.
Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance (MMAP) - MMAP works through the area agencies on aging to provide high quality and accessible health benefit information and counseling. It is supported by a statewide network of unpaid and paid skilled professionals. Learn more about MMAP or call 1-800-803-7174.
Nursing Home Information- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare website includes a search engine for Michigan nursing homes and additional information about each nursing home. Residents with questions regarding a particular nursing home's rating may call 1-800-MEDICARE or 1-800-633-4227.
Older Adult Volunteers - Whether they serve every day or a few times a year, older adult volunteers make an impact on issues they care about. Three valuable volunteer programs continue as a priority for older adults in Michigan who desire this kind of civic engagement - Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP). To learn more, see additional resources below or contact OSA at 517-373-8230.
Program and Service Report - OSA is required by the federal Administration on Aging (AoA) to submit an annual NAPIS State Program Report (SPR) on service activities supported all or in part by Title III and Title VII of the Older Americans Act (OAA). Read the latest report.
Senior Centers - The Michigan Association of Senior Centers works promote and strengthen the profession of senior center management and senior centers within the aging network. Call 248-505-8228 for more information. To learn about other resources available, contact OSA at 517-373-8230.
Senior Employment - There are programs available that provide part-time employment opportunities for low-income older adults and older adults who wish to retain, learn, or upgrade job skills. The Senior Community Service Employment Program offers many options or you can learn about other resources available by contacting OSA at 517-373-8230.
Transportation - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is committed to supporting and funding programs that will keep Michigan's seniors mobile. Learn more about MDOT's senior mobility action plan. To learn about other resources available, contact OSA at 517-373-8230.
Veteran's Information - The State of Michigan Office of Veterans Affairs has responsibilities for the administration and operation of the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund, the Michigan Homes for Veterans, constituent service or referral and the state's grant to chartered veterans' service organizations and the Michigan Association of County Veterans Counselors. To learn about other resources available, contact OSA at 517-373-8230.