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SEMCOG UNIVERSITY The Aging Region: Challenges and Opportunities for Local Governments Presented By: Tina Abbate Marzolf, CEO Area Agency on Aging 1-B [email protected] (800) 852-7795. November 13, 2008. Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs): A Resource For Communities.

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SEMCOG UNIVERSITYThe Aging Region: Challenges and Opportunities for Local GovernmentsPresented By: Tina Abbate Marzolf, CEOArea Agency on Aging [email protected](800) 852-7795

November 13, 2008


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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


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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.




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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


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Why Support Seniors?

  • Civic minded: Volunteer

  • Voters

  • Senior friendly is everyone friendly

  • Livable communities are

    key to our future


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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


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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


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Information to assist local strategic planning and advocacy efforts


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  • Training for Key

  • Government Staff

  • Police Officers

  • Fire Fighters

  • Senior Center Staff

  • Administrators

  • EAPs


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Leveraging Public Funding for Senior Services

  • Competing for Grants

  • Matching State and Federal Funds

  • Collaboration with Older Americans Act Programs


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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



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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)


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