Recommended Aging Organizations/Services
The AISC would like to offer the following tips to seniors seeking Aging services. This information is organized into 2 sections – General Information and Recommended websites, and NCRO Aging Seminar/Webinar videos/handouts.
This section discusses where seniors can get reputable aging information, and gives tips on these sources.
- Non-profits– Aging service providers can be for-profit companies or non-profit. In general, the non-profits may offer lower cost services.
- Hospice Care– Hospice started out as mostly non-profits. But when Medicare began to reimburse for hospice services, most larger hospitals offered Hospice services of their own. The AISC has offered webinars with two Michigan based non-profit organizations – Hospice of Michigan/Arbor Hospice and Angela Hospice of Livonia. If you are not in the SE Michigan area, the AISC suggests non-profits be contacted first.
- The Area Agency on Aging and local Senior Centers– There are Area Agency on Aging on the national, state, and regional levels. These groups lobby for senior friendly policies and often offer aging services at a local level. If you have a Senior Center in your community, check out its services. In SE Michigan, there are three Area Agencies on Aging.
- Medicare– The Federal government’s Medicare website provides a wealth of healthcare information that can be trusted. This site provides ratings of healthcare providers and drug plans
- Senior Organizations– AARP, etc. Many senior organizations provide excellent material to retirees. However, some of these groups receive funding from advertisers, and seniors need to be careful at these sites. AARP, for example, endorses a wide range of senior insurance and commercial products.
- Disease Focused Organizations– Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, Heart Associations, etc. provide information which is usually trustworthy.
- State Health Insurance Programs, SHIP– These organizations are federally funded and provide trusted information.
- Universities– Some universities with medical programs offer medical education and advice to the public.
- Major Hospitals– Hospitals compete with one another to provide medical care. Many hospitals, however, provide resume and credential data for their staff and facilities that is helpful in educating seniors and assisting in selecting providers.
Below are links to several websites, which the AISC has found to be helpful.
Michigan Non-profit Hospices:
- Angela Hospice: https://angelahospice.org/
- Hospice of Michigan: https://www.hom.org/
- Wayne State University – Institute of Gerontology: https://iog.wayne.edu/
- Resource for seniors and aging populations. Also, for health professionals seeking continuing certification credits
- Website below, focuses on the protection of financial assets: https://www.olderadultnestegg.com/
- Alzheimer’s Association: https://www.alz.org/
Area Agencies on Aging:
Detroit Area Agency on Aging:
- 1-A: https://www.detroitseniorsolution.org/
Service Area: Cities – Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse, Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Farms, Harper Woods
Area Agency on Aging
- 1-B: https://aaa1b.org/
Serving Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties The Senior Alliance, Inc.
- 1-C: https://thesenioralliance.org Service Area: Wayne County except the cities served by 1-A.
- Presbyterian Villages of Michigan – Assisted Living: https://www.pvm.org/
The AISC is investigating SHIP (State Health Insurance Programs), Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, and other sites for possible future inclusion to this list
Are you a senior needing advise or support on issues you face while aging, like finding help services, coping with grief, etc.? Or are you a senior who is willing to be trained to help other seniors?