Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are a nationwide network of nonprofit agencies created by Congress to be one-stop shops with information about programs, services and housing options. AAAs were born 35 years ago through the federal Older Americans Act to create home and community-based services that maximize the independence and dignity of older adults. AAAs play a key role in providing access services, planning for the future, creating new programs, advocating for the elderly, and developing and implementing a comprehensive system of home and community-based care. AAAs do not provide home care services directly, but work hand-in-hand with a network of over 1,200 service providers in Michigan including county commissions on aging, senior centers and home health agencies. They also work hand-in-hand with the state agency that oversees aging programs - the Office of Services to the Aging (OSA). OSA, AAAs and local service providers are called Michigan's "aging network."
There are 16 AAAs that serve Michigan's 83 counties.
Visit the Office of Services to the Aging website at www.michigan.gov/miseniors
"Area agencies on aging shall, consistent with this section, facilitate the area-wide development and implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated system for providing long-term care in home and community-based settings, in a manner responsive to the needs and preferences of older individuals and their family caregivers."