To coordinate a comprehensive
network of services in Western and Southern Wayne County to
enable older persons to function as independently as possible in
the community environment which best suits their needs. To
provide the advocacy, programming, planning, contracting,
funding, and personnel necessary to accomplish the foregoing
(TSA) is a private non-profit agency that was
established in 1980, and designated by the Michigan Commission
on Services to the Aging to operate as the Area Agency on Aging
(AAA) for the 34 suburban communities in Southern and Western
Wayne County. In 1998, the Michigan Department of Community
Health authorized the agency to function as an Organized Health
Care Delivery System. This new designation allowed the agency to
add services to low-income disabled adults. Serving older
persons, however, continues to be the main focus of the agency.
The 34 communities served by TSA are jointly known as Planning
and Service Area (PSA) 1-C in Michigan. Currently there are 16
AAAs in Michigan, and over 660 nationwide. Each AAA is
responsible for administering a network of community and in-home
services for older persons within their assigned PSAs.
With 171,813 persons age 60 and over (2000 Census) residing in
the service area, TSA serves the second largest senior
population in Michigan.
Older Americans Act (OAA) provides the legislative and
funding basis for this system of services. In Michigan, state
funds are added through the Older Michiganians Act. Both federal
and state funds for aging services are disbursed to the AAAs by
the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging. The agency also
operates the State's Medicaid Waiver program (MI-Choice).
TSA policy is set by a 37 member Board of
Directors. Board members are appointed by the Mayors or
Supervisors of each of the communities in the service area. The
board is advised in turn by an
Advisory Council comprised of seniors, service providers,
and the general public. The agency's Executive Director is Bob
Brown. TSA's current service network includes close
to 40 different programs and services benefiting either older
adults or disabled adults.
All persons age 60 and older who reside in the region are
entitled to receive services funded by the Older Americans Act
and Older Michiganians Act from TSA, regardless of their
financial or social status. The agency, however, will give
preference to older persons who are considered to be in the
greatest economic or social need. Services provided through the
Medicaid Waiver program are restricted to persons who meet
Some services require an in-home assessment to determine need.
No fees are charged to seniors for receiving services.
Recipients are encouraged to contribute towards the cost of
providing the service. The Older Americans Act amendments of
2000 now allow cost-sharing for some services. Under a
cost-sharing arrangement, recipients of services are expected to
share in the actual cost of care.
The Senior Alliance holds Resource Development activities
throughout the year to supplement public funding and raise
awareness of our programs throughout the communities we serve.
Please consider making a contribution to help provide a home-delivered meal to someone confined at home, respite for a weary
caregiver, or information services to an elderly individual.
With your help, we can reach more of our older adult neighbors
and their families.
For information regarding Resource Development events or to make
a contribution to The Senior Alliance, please call (734)