IONIA COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING
ON THIS PAGE YOU CAN FIND THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
- AREA AGENCY ON AGING OF WEST MICHIGAN
- ADMINISTRATION ON AGING
- MICHIGAN AGING SERVICES SYSTEM
- SENIOR NET
- ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION
- SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
- MICHIGAN ACCESS FOR SERVICES
- AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS (AARP)
Learn more about the Older Americans Act, the federal legislation establishing the AoA and authorizing a range of programs that offer services and opportunities for older Americans and their caregivers.
MICHIGAN AGING SERVICE SYSTEM –
Our vision for MiSeniors.net is to build an elderly and long-term care services portal giving all visitors access to a wealth of current information and supportive services. OSA recognizes that MiSeniors.net can only attain this vision with the help of our customers and business partners.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over.
AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.
AARP also provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members.
SeniorNet’s mission is to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.
There are an estimated 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and this number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Today, six out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease will wander from their homes or caregiving facilities. If not found within a 24-hour period, up to half will suffer serious injury or death. Even in one’s own neighborhood or a place that is familiar, the person living with Alzheimer’s may become disoriented and lost.
The Alzheimer’s Association supports federal legislation, including the Silver Alert Grant Program Act of 2008 (H.R. 5898) and the National Silver Alert Act (H.R. 6064), that creates systems that provide families a way to locate lost or missing seniors who may be endangered. States such as Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas have established state-administered notification systems similar to Amber Alert to help disseminate relevant information about missing seniors and those with dementia-related illnesses to local law enforcement and community support network.
Although Silver Alert and Amber Alert have the same goal — the safe return of an individual to one’s home and family — there are still distinct differences between the two programs. Amber Alert is a well-established federally funded program with a strong community identity that involves searching for a minor who has not simply wandered off but who has been taken or abducted, calling for an immediate and broad response. Silver Alerts, at this point, are fairly new state programs that involve vulnerable adults who have wandered off by themselves.
The Office develops and conducts SSA’s legislative program by:
- Drafting and analyzing legislation; and
- Evaluating effectiveness of SSA’s programs with the aim of increasing that effectiveness through legislative changes.
ODCLCA also maintains relationships and the flow of information between SSA and Members of Congress and Congressional staff by:
- Preparing testimony and background materials and briefing witnesses in preparation for Congressional hearings;
- Advising SSA officials on legislation pending in Congress and on legislative activity of interest to SSA by publishing research documents;
- Coordinating agency input into congressional publications and handling certain claims and administrative matters that are particularly urgent or sensitive to Members of Congress; and
Facilitating on-going contacts and dialogue with all Members of Congress.
The Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan (AAAWM) is part of a national network of non profit agencies created by Congress to provide alternatives and services to help aging citizens to remain in their homes. There are 16 AAA’s in Michigan. AAAWM includes 9 counties including Ionia.