Community Services - Collaborations
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In our local community, the AAA maximizes service potential and avoids duplication of effort by collaborating with other groups to sponsor events of interest to older adults and their caregivers. For example…
- The annual Senior Expo sponsored by AAA and the Herald Palladium, in the spring at LMC’s Mendel Center, taking advantage of free entertainment, health screens by Lakeland Regional Health Systems, and information booths from area vendors.
- Van Buren Senior Day, senior expo event in Van Buren County
- Provider network cultural diversity trainings co-sponsored by AAA and Southwest Michigan Long Term Care Connection and facilitated by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
- 41 classes and accompanying educational materials made possible through a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health to serve persons with dementia and their caregivers in eight Southwest Michigan counties.
AAA regularly meets with area collaborators and/or serves on the:
- Heads Up Falls Prevention Task Force
- Van Buren County Elder Services Committee
- Three county Human Services Coordinating Councils
- Berrien County Aging Services Network
- Berrien, Cass and Van Buren County Public Transit Advisory Committees
- Foundations and United Way allocations committees
- United Way Board of Directors
- St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees
- Healthy Berrien Consortium, and
- Lakeland Specialty Hospital Board of Directors.
Area Agencies on Aging are a nationwide network of nonprofit organizations designated through the Older Americans Act to be one-stop shops with information about programs, services and housing options. AAAs work hand-in-hand with a statewide network of 800 service providers, including councils on aging, senior centers, home health agencies, and the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging.