Region VII is one of 600 Area Agencies on Aging in America which were created by an amendment to the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965. The organization has a mission to advocate, plan, develop and support an array of services for older adults.
Region VII AAA is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the County Commissions of Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola counties which make up the agency’s planning and service area. This membership assures that the AAA is in compliance with Federal and State regulations and sets priorities for agency activities. In accordance with the OAA, a majority of board members are persons sixty (60) years of age or older.
Region VII AAA has an Advisory Council appointed by the same County Commissions and comprised of at least 50% membership of persons age sixty (60) or older, and including representatives of healthcare, recognized minority populations, organized labor, and the City of Saginaw. This council serves as advocates for seniors, bringing issues of importance and concern to the AAA.
The Area Agency On Aging contracts and monitors the service providers throughout the region, who in turn, assure that the most vulnerable older adults, disabled persons, and family caregivers receive supports and services necessary for healthy aging. The agency works to identify trends in aging, and seeks out the funding to develop new programming to meet the need.
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MISSION STATEMENT: To provide effective and innovative care to improve the well-being of community residents.