Established in 1974, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization with a 40+ year history of serving older adults and people with disabilities in southeast Michigan. We serve a six-county region that includes Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties. We are part of a national network of Area Agencies on Aging and a leader in aging services in southeast Michigan—setting the course in providing the services, innovations and advocacy needed to make sure a growing senior population has the resources and supports it will need.
What we do is simple. We help people access the services and programs they need to remain living independently and with dignity in their own home or with family caregivers. We provide funding and management for many government programs available for seniors and can help people access the government services that are available to help seniors and the elderly. Programs and services we provide include:
We use the federal and state funding we receive to deliver many other services needed by the older adults in our community through partnerships with local organizations. This includes legal services, programs for grandparents raising grandchildren, chore services that help seniors get seasonal chores done and a Home Injury Control program that helps bring basic safety equipment into the homes of older adults.
Through organized advocacy efforts, we help make sure the voice of our region’s seniors are heard. We work closely with our state legislators to help them understand the needs of older adults in our community.
At the AAA 1-B, our work is centered around the people we serve. Our staff brings a variety of expertise. We are social workers, nurses, finance managers and administrators. But whatever role we play, our work is always guided by a person-centered, person-first attitude that keeps the seniors and people with disabilities we serve front and center.
Over Half A Million Seniors in Our Care: Our six-county region includes almost 650,000 people age 60+.
Over 100,000 Meals Served Each Year: The Area Agency on Aging 1-B’s network of home-delivered meal providers provides approximately 10,000 meals a month or 120,000 meals annually.
Almost 60,000 Phone Calls Answered: Our Information & Assistance Call Center guides people to the resources and information they need.
CARF and AIRS Accredited: Accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS)—our accreditations show our commitment to quality.
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is part of a national network of Area Agencies on Aging that was created by an act of Congress, called the Older Americans Act, in 1974. There are over 600 Area Agency on Aging across the nation, and they are all charged with the same thing—delivering services to seniors at the local level. Think of AAAs as the boots-on-the-ground of senior services—connecting to seniors at the county, city and neighborhood level. Each geographic area of the country has an Area Agency on Aging assigned to serve it. The state of Michigan has 16 Area Agencies on Aging serving its older adults, with the Area Agency on Aging 1-B serving the largest region—both in terms of geography and population.