Request for Public Review and Comment on the 2020 Older Americans Act Funding Proposal
The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging will host a public meeting to gather public input on its Area Plan for 2019. This is a planning document, pursuant to the Older Americans Act, that identifies priority needs, goals, objectives and activities that will be undertaken by the Area Agency on Aging in developing and implementing programs for individuals age 60 years and older in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota. This public meeting is an opportunity for to provide input into the plan.
Public Hearing Topic: Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging (AAAA) is proposing to use $ 99,404 in Title III-B direct service funds to pay for the Program Development and Coordination Activities during 2019 as a cost of Area Plan administration. The following are target activities to be completed in FY 2019.
The AAAA will be submitting a proposal to the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) to utilize 25% of its 2019 Title IIIB (Supportive Services) funding for Program Development and Coordination Activities. These activities will have a direct and positive impact on the enhancement of services for older adults in the 7 county (Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Saint Louis) arrowhead region of Minnesota.
Each of the goals included below and developed by the MBA, are followed by the proposed activities that AAAA will undertake as it strives to reach each goal. Your comments regarding, the proposed activities may be shared by following the directions on the “request for Public Review and Comment on 2019 Older Americans Act Funding Proposal” link https://www.arrowheadaging.org/public-comment.
Goal 1: Leveraging the experience, expertise and energy of older Minnesotans
· Build Capacity of Senior Corps to facilitate opportunities to connect older adults to their communities, increase their social engagement and reduce isolation.
· Increase awareness of employers and value of recruiting and retaining older workers as strategy to address workforce shortages.
Goal 2: Equip older Minnesotans with the tolls to take charge of their health and make informed decisions about services when they need them.
· Participate in statewide partnership to promote health and wellness options for older adults, including mental health services.
· Pilot one or more sustainable models for offering evidence-based health promotion programs with community-based partners to address disparities and reach unserved or underserved populations.
· Participated in state-led efforts to modernize nutrition services delivery model to achieve efficiencies, promote sustainability and increase choice.
Goal 3: Support families and friends in their caregiving roles
· Partner with cultural and ethnic communities to develop models that best meet needs and preferences of caregivers in their community
· Enhance caregiving support infrastructure to provide family caregivers with access to consultation and resources, including in person, by pone and online.
· Participate in CARE Act partnerships with the State, AARP, and Minnesota Hospital Association.
· Develop on the ground relationships with nonprofits to expand caregiver consultation services
· Identify partners to be trained in Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Dementia Education and Respite Education & Support Tools (REST).
· Support family and friends who are caregiving by building a regional respite care coalition.
· Strengthen statewide system for working caregivers to prevent or mitigate caregiver stress and burden by providing caregiver training for employers
Goal 4: Support aging in community with access to a range of services and housing options
· Assist low income older homeowners to age in community by leveraging regional/local public-private partnerships to complete home modifications, maintenance and in-home services.
· Coordinate home and community-based services with existing weatherization program, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) loans, and resources with State Services for the Blind.
· Ensure Older American Act (OAA) funded Title III providers target outreach and services in senior housing.
· Develop new partnerships to deliver services and support in senior housing.
· Explore options to improve current OAA core services, Elderly Waiver, Alternative Care and Essential Community Supports.
· Work with cultural and ethnic communities to disseminate information and build awareness of services available through OAA and other public programs.
· Assist communities to implement life cycle housing, planning and development.
The public is invited to make comment in written form and/or by attending the public meeting.
Tuesday, September 10th
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
ARDC, 221 W 1st Street, Duluth, MN 55802. (1st floor conference room)
Comments will be accepted online through October 11th.