Older Americans Act

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The Older Americans Act was established in 1965. The year 1965 must be very cheerful for the elderly because finally the federal policy making for the elderly was made and the elderly started to have better care and the benefits of American Society in the areas of income, health, housing, employment, retirement, and community services. In the year 1973, the federal Older Americans Act created a network of local Area Agencies on Aging. They are non profit organizations supported by state governments and responsible for services for elderly people aged 60 and older. In order to help maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) were formed in every states.

After I spent some time searching for Michigan's Area Agencies on Aging, I found much informative and interesting information about the organizations in the Michigan area. The Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan is based in Lansing, through home care and community-based services, older people are given options that can help maintain their basic needs.

Michigan has 16 AAAs and most of them are private non-profit organizations created by local governments. AAAs do many things to help older adults by assisting or providing information. One interesting thing is that AAAs provide care management services in order to assist seniors who are vulnerable and even take care of their families. They develop a care plan to assist them. When the services are not available, they also find service providers in the community to provide assistance. However, AAAs themselves do not provide specific services directly or service providers other than care management.

The federal Older Americans Act and the state Older Michiganians Act support AAAs financially. Local governments also help and all the money is mean to be used for senior nutrition...