What does Area Agency on Aging do?

There are certain activities that are expected of an Area Agency on Aging in fulfilling its mission:
  • Identifying the greatest needs of older adults and persons with disabilities and preparing plans for meeting those needs through an array of home and community services.
  • Allocating adminstering federal, state and private funds to support home and community-based services.
  • Identifying unmet needs and developing new service programs.
VAAA secures services for older adults and person with disabilities through contracts and purchase of service agreements with local organizations, and then monitors these providers for the quality and effectiveness of the care given. The Valley Area Agency on Aging supports the following services in the three counties of Region V:
  • Adult Day Care
  • Care Management Programs
  • Caregiver Support Programs
  • Crisis Intervention Program
  • Elder Abuse Prevention & Education
  • Health Screenings
  • Hearing Impaired/Vision Services
  • Information & Assistance
  • Legal Assistance
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman (Nursing Home Assistance)
  • MI Choice Waiver Program
  • Nutrition Programs
  • Senior Centers
  • Valley CHOICE Programs
Community Services helps frail older adults and persons with disabilities to continue living at home by planning and securing supportive health and home care services. Information & Assistance provides answers to many problems and concerns facing our aging and disabled population and identifies resources in the community to asssist them. The Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program provides trained older adult volunteers who help others to understand and receive the benefits to which they are entitled. Crisis Intervention Program provides short term custodial care and care management services for Genesee County seniors 60+ years of age during recovery.