State of Michigan Print
Joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network:
Lead Agency: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services - Aging and Adult Services Agency
The state of Michigan developed its action plan with a clear vision of being a state where all individuals are empowered to pursue the opportunities best for their quality of life with ease. The action plan articulates that people of all ages benefit from the adoption of policies and programs that make neighborhoods walkable, feature transportation options, enable access to key services, provide opportunities to participate in community activities, and support housing that's affordable and adaptable, and that well-designed, age-friendly communities foster economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents of all ages. Michigan's age-friendly initiative is a collaborative, multi-sectoral effort between the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging, Michigan's State Advisory Council, comprised primarily of older adults who remain an ongoing source of information on local level issues, the Administration for Community Living, the agencies implementing the Michigan State Plan on Aging and many other statewide institutions and academic partners.
Action Plan Highlights
Communication and InformationEnsure all older adults and caregivers can access culturally and linguistically appropriate aging network services by increasing awareness statewide aging resource hotlines, with information available in a variety of languages and geared towards a number of different audiences.
Social ParticipationIncrease the number of virtual aging network services, like Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) and older adult support groups.
Health and Community ServicesWork to support aging in place and fend off elder abuse, neglect and exploitation by increasing the number of well-trained, qualified, and supportive multicultural direct care workers by improving worker retention, promoting the collective value of this workforce, and supporting opportunities to increase wages.