Community-Based Aging Services Approved for 2012

Contact: Shirley Bentsen (517) 373-8230
Agency: Community Health

Bentsens@michigan.gov

For Immediate Release:  September 26, 2011

LANSING - The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) and Commission on Services to the Aging are pleased to announce that plans for local aging programs throughout the state have been approved for the 2012 fiscal year, beginning Oct. 1. Each year Michigan's 16 Area Agencies on Aging submit plans for state approval showing how federal and state funds will be used for community-based services and supports for older residents. Currently Michigan is home to some 1.8 million adults 60 and older.

"Michigan's network of area agencies on aging and older adult service providers is to be commended for its ongoing commitment to our state's aging residents and their families and caregivers," said Kari Sederburg, Director of OSA. "Because of their innovative work, older people in every corner of the state have access to the assistance they need each and every day."

 Plans were approved for the following Area Agencies on Aging:

  • Detroit Area Agency on Aging: serving Detroit, the Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park
  • Area Agency on Aging 1-B: serving Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw counties
  • The Senior Alliance, Inc.: serving all of Wayne County, excluding areas served by Detroit Area Agency on Aging
  • Region 2 Area Agency on Aging: serving Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee counties
  • Region 3-A Area Agency on Aging: serving Kalamazoo County
  • Region 3-B Area Agency on Aging: serving Barry, Calhoun counties
  • Branch/St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging III-C: serving Branch, St. Joseph counties
  • Region IV Area Agency on Aging, Inc.: serving Berrien, Cass, Van Buren counties
  • Valley Area Agency on Aging: serving Genesee, Lapeer, Shiawassee counties
  • Tri-County Office on Aging: serving Clinton, Eaton, Ingham counties
  • Region VII Area Agency on Aging: serving Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland,  Saginaw, Sanilac, Tuscola counties
  • Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan: serving Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm,  Newago, Osceola counties
  • Region IX Area Agency on Aging: serving Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon counties
  • Area Agency on Aging of Northwest MI: serving Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska,  Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford counties
  • UP Area Agency on Aging: serving Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft counties
  • Senior Resources: serving Muskegon, Oceana, Ottawa counties

These plans outline local program priorities, describe goals and strategies for accomplishing them, and summarize comments received at public hearings. Information and assistance, care management, nutrition, disease prevention, home care, transportation, and legal assistance are among funded programs that significantly contribute to the quality of life for older residents.

The OSA and Commission on Services to the Aging recently reviewed the 2012 proposed area plans for compliance with appropriate laws, and for each area agency's ability to implement its plan.

"This year commissioners were extraordinarily pleased to see the extent to which partnerships continue to be forged at the local level to provide services in a way that is cost effective and targeted to those most in need," said Jerutha Kennedy, Chairperson of the Commission on Services to the Aging.

The bi-partisan, 15-member Michigan Commission serves at the pleasure of the Governor and approves how federal and state funds are distributed throughout the state. The OSA is the state agency responsible for aging policy and administration of public funding for community-based aging programs. The OSA and Commission work together for the betterment of an aging society. For more information, contact the OSA at (517) 373-8230 or visit www.michigan.gov/miseniors.

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