The federal Older Americans Act is one of the primary funding sources of activities provided by Senior Resources. Area agencies on aging, like Senior Resources, conduct listening sessions, distribute surveys and review state, local and national efforts to identify the needs of older adults and gaps in services to meet those needs. From that research, a four year Area Plan is developed which outlines the activities which will be conducted over the four year period to provide a comprehensive and coordinated system of services. The following are the priorities for the period of October 2017 – September 2021.
SUMMARY OF 2018-2021 AREA PLAN OBJECTIVES IN PRIORITY ORDER
Priority Area 1 - Economic Stability
Goal 1: Promote financial stability through personal planning.
1.1: Enhance and support the provision of conflict free information to empower individuals to make informed health insurance decisions.
1.2: Conduct person-centered eligibility screenings and application assistance to connect individuals to federal and state programs.
1.3: Support the financial and emotional needs of Grandparents raising grandchildren to ease the responsibilities.
1.4: Use technology to distribute information about benefits and services available to enhance personal income.
Priority Area 2 - Long Term Supports and Services
Goal 2: Support the provision of long term care supports and services to enable individuals to remain in their homes.
2.1: Coordinate conflict-free person-centered in-home programs to enable individuals to access long term supports and services.
2.2: Provide transitional services to encompass a broad range of services for people moving from a facility to the community.
2.3: Support and increase access to community based long term supports and services.
2.4: Support and increase the delivery of in-home services in the community through Older American Acts funding.
Priority Area 3 - Healthy Aging
Goal 3: Enhance knowledge and promote healthy aging options and opportunities.
3.1: Promote healthy aging through person-centered education and counseling sessions.
3.2: Promote healthy living through presentations and distribution of information regarding healthy living options and opportunities.
3.3: Support the availability of healthy aging services by providing funding to community based organizations.
Priority Area 4 - Elder Rights
Goal 4: Inform older adults of their rights to be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
4.1: Promote prevention of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation including financial exploitation.
4.2: Promote awareness of scams and identity theft to avoid financial exploitation.
4.3: Support Legal Services for individuals in need of civil legal representation and counseling to help seniors resolve complex legal issues.
Priority Area 5 - Program Management
Goal 5: Manage efficient programs which make an impact in our communities.
5.1: Identify, recognize and report the impact of service provision.
5.2: Investigate methods to create and measure cost effective, efficient programs.