The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is holding a public forum in order to get feedback on how approximately $22 million in annual federal and state funding earmarked for senior services in its six-county service region during Fiscal Year 2019 should be spent. The agency’s service region encompasses much of southeast Michigan, including Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties. About 30 percent of the state’s seniors—more than 700,000 people age 60 or over—reside in its service area.
The agency is seeking input from the public as part of the development of its Annual Implementation Plan for Fiscal Year 2019, which will run from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. The plan will map out spending priorities for funding received from the State of Michigan’s Aging & Adult Services Agency and federal funds received from the Administration on Aging via the Older Americans Act to serve seniors 60 and over.
“These funds are allocated to make sure seniors in our region have the programs and supports they need to remain living safely and independently,” explained AAA 1-B CEO and President Michael Karson. “It’s critical that we have input from our region’s seniors and the people caring for those seniors—whether that’s in a professional capacity or as a family member. That feedback is going to make sure we’re putting dollars where they are needed most and delivering services in a way that will have the most impact.”
The agency is inviting seniors, family members who are caring for older adults, senior advocates, senior care professionals and any other interested members of the public to attend the forum, which will be held on Friday, May 4, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the AAA 1-B Southfield office. The office is located at 29100 Northwestern Highway, Suite 400. People who cannot attend the forum in-person are invited to phone-in to share their feedback.
“The forums give people an opportunity to let us know what services and programs are important to them,” said Karson. “Hearing from the public is an important part in our planning process.”
Registration is required for the forum. To register, get information or phone-in instructions, email Angela Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org. A draft of the Area Implementation Plan will be available for review on the AAA 1-B website on May 1. Comments on the plan must be submitted June 1. Comments can be sent via email to email@example.com or sent by mail to the following address:
Attn: Michael Karson, CEO and President
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
29100 Northwestern Highway, Suite 400
Southfield, MI 48034
For more information on the AAA 1-B or services for seniors in southeast Michigan, call 800-852-7795 or visit AAA1B.org.