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November 13, 2008

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  1. SEMCOG UNIVERSITYThe Aging Region: Challenges and Opportunities for Local GovernmentsPresented By: Tina Abbate Marzolf, CEOArea Agency on Aging 1-Btabbatemarzolf@aaa1b.com(800) 852-7795 November 13, 2008

  2. Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs): A Resource For Communities • Established in 1974 under Federal Older Americans Act • Part of a national network • Southeast Michigan AAAs: • 1A: Detroit, Points, Hamtramck • 1B: Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw • 1C: 34 communities of western Wayne County

  3. Area Agencies on Aging Mission: To preserve the independence, dignity, and quality of life of older adults, caregivers, and adults with disabilities by ensuring availability and access to a variety of community based services.

  4. Who Are Seniors?

  5. Why Support Seniors?

  6. Why Support Seniors? Cash Giving • Individual cash giving was $8.4 billion in 2005 for those age 65+ • People in the 65-75 years age bracket gave the most dollars; people in the 75+ bracket gave the highest portion of income • Estate tax data shows a positive relationship between age and charitable giving

  7. Why Support Seniors? • Civic minded: Volunteer • Voters • Senior friendly is everyone friendly • Livable communities are key to our future

  8. Local Planning/Coordination Challenges • Only 46% of American communities have begun planning to address needs of aging population (Source: The Maturing of America; National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 2006) • Unprecedented growth in the 85+ population • Aging in community trend • 25% increase in grandparent raising grandchildren • Increase in diversity/ESL populations

  9. AAAs Can Help AAAs can help local governments create Livable Communities: • Strategic planning • Training for key government staff • Leveraging public funding for senior services • Building strong senior service programs • Access to information for residents/constituents

  10. Information to assist local strategic planning and advocacy efforts

  11. Training for Key • Government Staff • Police Officers • Fire Fighters • Senior Center Staff • Administrators • EAPs

  12. Leveraging Public Funding for Senior Services • Competing for Grants • Matching State and Federal Funds • Collaboration with Older Americans Act Programs

  13. Building a Strong Safety Net of Senior Service Programs • In-Home Services • Home Delivered Meals • Congregate Meal Sites • Home Chore Services • Adult Day Service Centers • Health Insurance Counseling Assistance

  14. Other Federal/State Funded Services

  15. Access Resources: Information & Answers • (800) 852-7795 – 5 days per week, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Calls answered by live, certified aging Resource Specialists • Language Line (140 languages) • Web Assistance • National Connectivity • Warm transfers directly to resources (when needed)