Public invited to give input on spending for aging services

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is holding community forums in order to get feedback from the public on how approximately $22 million in annual federal and state funding earmarked for senior services in its six-county service region should be spent. The agency’s service region includes Oakland County, and the agency will hold a community forum to get feedback from Oakland County residents on Thursday, February 18, at the Waterford Center from 10:30 a.m. – noon. The Oakland County Senior Advisory Council will help host the event.  
 
The agency is seeking feedback from the public as part of the development of its multi-year plan for fiscal years 2017-2019. This 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.
 
“These funds go to support some very important services that help seniors live safely and independently,” said AAA 1-B CEO Tina Abbate Marzolf. “Services like Meals on Wheels, in-home care services, chore services to help people maintain their homes, and even our call center here at the agency that helps seniors and family members find the programs and resources they need.”
 
The agency is inviting seniors, family members caring for older adults, senior advocates, senior care professionals and any other interested members of the public to attend the community forum. Light refreshments will be served and attendees will be entered into a raffle for door prizes.
 
“The forum is a good opportunity for people in Oakland County to find out more about the senior services offered in their community as well as let us know what services and programs are important to them,” said Marzolf. “That feedback is a critical part of our planning process.”
 
Registration is not required for the event. For more information, contact the AAA 1-B at 800-852-7795 or visit the agency’s website at www.AAA1B.com.
 
AAA 1-B Community Forum Oakland County
 
Thursday, February 18
10:30 a.m. – noon
Waterford Senior Center
3621 Pontiac Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328

About the Area Agency on Aging 1-B
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is a nonprofit agency responsible for services to more than 620,000 persons aged 60 and older residing in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties.  Through the provision of home care and community-based services, older adults and persons with disabilities are given options that can help maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.