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Detroit, Michigan 48207
Nine communities are served by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging 1-A (DAAA) – Detroit, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park and the five Grosse Pointes – and nearly 150,000 residents age 60-plus live in this region. Their needs as older adults can vary greatly. While some may need in-home health care aides or home-delivered meals, others are very independent and are looking for employment even after retiring from their careers. Whatever the needs, DAAA helps seniors, adults with disabilities and their caregivers navigate options and services available to them.
“We direct individuals to supports for caregiving, transportation, kinship or adult day services, employment and training, legal assistance and services for those who are vision impaired,” says Ronald S. Taylor, president and CEO of the DAAA. “We also coordinate long-term care services that allow thousands of individuals to maintain their independence. And yes, we provide home delivered meals.”
For those with aging parents, navigating the resources and programs available to help them can often be overwhelming. Taylor says many times families don’t even know the work of Area Agencies on Aging – the single best phone call to match individual needs to local resources and appropriate programs.
“Working with our provider network, volunteers and other organizations, the DAAA is helping seniors maintain their independence as they age. It all starts with our passion and our commitment to this community,” Taylor continues. “Above all else – and engrained in all of our community partners and volunteers – we are here to serve.”
The DAAA offers seniors from its nine municipalities opportunities for socialization as well as in-home services so they can continue to reside within their homes and the communities they know. The organization also addresses food insecurities for those without a stable food plan.
“We’re very pleased that we have a relationship with over 120 entities to help us deliver services to our constituents. Among them are home care providers, senior centers, and housing and transportation specialists. In fact, quite a variety of resources are available,” Taylor says.
The DAAA also has teams of social workers and nurses who provide care coordination to those requiring multiple medical and social service needs, based on income eligibility. The goal is to match needs with services and allow people to receive the support in their own homes.
“We offer a really robust service mix and provide some of the most qualified providers in the community. We do our due diligence in the vetting process, and we also do our own internal quality monitoring as well,” Taylor says.
Among the communities it serves, the DAAA is known for its Detroit Meals on Wheels program, which is state and federally funded; it offers meals to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities. Meals on Wheels delivers a hot meal once a day or five frozen meals once a week. There is also a liquid nutrition program for those who have a prescription from their physician.
The Meals on Wheels program is available for those 60 years old and older who are homebound and without someone to assist with meal preparation.
The DAAA prides itself in being known as “The Senior Solution” as it serves seniors and their caregivers throughout nine cities. The agency also presents 11 different health and wellness programs that target lifestyle changes to foster longevity. Four of the programs focus on caregivers to build their confidence and competencies in providing care to others, especially those who are sick, frail or living with dementia. These services are offered at five Community Wellness Service Centers and satellite locations.
“It is a selfless act of love to support and provide care to individuals in their homes and under their auspices,” Taylor says. “Caregivers need to know they are not alone. Others are going through similar circumstances. There are respite care options that provide caregivers a few hours or days of relief from care. Whether the calls to us are from caregivers or individuals needing care, the Detroit Area Agency on Aging is available to help identify the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”
For more information, visit the Detroit Area Agency on Aging 1-A website.