Special Programs

Special Programs

Special programs have been developed and implemented over the years to complement core aging services offered through Michigan’s aging network.

To learn more about the programs see below or contact AASA.

Communities for a Lifetime (CFL)
CFL provides guidance to local communities interested in reshaping their vision, public policies, and practices to create more desirable and welcoming living environments for people of all ages, including older adults. The program is part of a broader national movement called Creating Aging Friendly Communities. Learn more about Communities for a Lifetime.

Creating Confident Caregivers®
Creating Confident Caregivers® is a free, evidence-based program that provides support to families caring for a person with dementia who is living at home.

View the 2016 class schedule (PDF)

Foster Grandparent
The Foster Grandparent program provides a way for volunteers age 55 or older to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities. Learn more about the Foster Grandparent program.

Gatekeeper Program
Launched in 1987, the Gatekeeper Program is made possible through a partnership between Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and Michigan’s aging network. The program identifies older adults in need through the utility company’s employees who have frequent and direct contact with natural gas and electric customers.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman
This program provides advocacy and information to individuals in need of long-term supports and services, particularly those living in nursing homes, homes for the aged, and adult foster care homes. The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman also provides training, oversight, and management of the local Ombudsman programs statewide. Learn more about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.

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 the MMAP program.

Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
PACE organizations provide comprehensive medical and social services to older adults who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits. PACE service packages contain all Medicare and Medicaid covered services, and other services as determined necessary by the interdisciplinary team caring for the participant. Learn more about the PACE program.

Prevent Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Exploitation, Neglect Today (PREVNT) Initiative
The Aging & Adult Services Agency’s Prevent Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Exploitation, Neglect Today (PREVNT) initiative seeks to implement tools and systems to detect and address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation in Michigan. Learn more about the organizations that received PREVNT funding for fiscal year 2017.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP)
RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for adults age 55 or older. Service opportunities vary from community to community. Learn more about the RSVP program.

Senior Citizen of the Year Awards
Each year two senior citizens are named Senior Citizen of the Year by the Aging & Adult Services Agency, the Commission on Services to the Aging, and Consumers Energy. Nominations are accepted in the spring from businesses, community service and faith-based organizations, associations, fraternal organizations, and other public and private entities who value the contributions of older adults.

Senior Companion
The Senior Companion program provides a way for volunteers age 55 or older to make a difference by providing assistance and friendship to adults who have difficulty with activities of daily living, helping them maintain their independence. Learn more about the Senior Companion program.

Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH
This innovative, seasonal nutrition program provides qualified older adults with coupons to be used as cash to purchase fresh, locally-grown produce from authorized Michigan farmers' markets and roadside stands. Learn more about Project FRESH/Market FRESH.

Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (TCARE®) 
TCARE® is an evidence-based program that assesses caregivers and links them to the proper home and community services to help reduce stress and help them care for their person longer.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
SCSEP is a community service and work-based training program for older workers. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income adults age 55 or older who are unemployed. Learn more about the SCSEP program.