Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wayne to be site of state meeting on needs of aging

The Senior Alliance in Wayne will be the site of one of the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging and the Aging & Adult Services Agency public conversations to discuss the needs of older adult residents.
Every three years the Aging & Adult Services Agency, which is part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, develops a state plan and seeks input regarding the needs and gaps in programs and services.
The feedback is used to ensure priorities are on track with its support of the health and well-being of the older adult population in Michigan, officials said.The goal is to complete the new state plan by July 1.
The State Plan on Aging serves as a blueprint that outlines the coordination and advocacy activities undertaken to meet the needs of older adults, including integrating health and social services delivery systems.
“Michigan is one of the most rapidly aging states in the country,” said Dr. Alexis Travis, senior deputy director of Aging & Adult Services Agency. “By 2025, the number of Michiganders age 65 and over will outnumber those under the age of 18. As people are living longer, we must be strategic, collaborative and innovative in our work. That means we need the opportunity to hear from the public about the realities of aging in Michigan and hope to have great participation in these community conversations.”
Dona Wishart, chair of the Commission on Services to the Aging, said public input is vital. “Whether you are an older adult, a caregiver, or someone working with older adults in a volunteer or professional capacity, we urge you to participate in these community conversations. Your feedback is imperative to ensuring the new state plan addresses the critical needs of older adults in our state.”
The Senior Alliance, Inc. public meeting is set for 9:30 until 11 a.m. March 4. The Senior Alliance offices are located at 5454 Venoy Road in Wayne. The meetings are open to anyone with interest or insight into the needs of older adults. Space is limited and organizers require RSVPs for planning purposes. RSVP to Kelly Cooper at 517-284-0182 or