Agencies, Directories and Facilities

Regional Area Agencies on Aging

  • DAAA: Detroit

  • Region 1-B: Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties

  • Region 1-C: Wayne County—Western & Southern

Detroit Area Agency on Aging (Detroit ElderNet)

This Web site is a user friendly, aging-focused resource designed to foster communications, information-sharing and improved access to services for older adults, caregivers and community agencies serving the elderly within the Detroit Empowerment Zone and the Greater Detroit area.

The mission of Detroit Eldernet is to help Detroit Empowerment Zone residents and the larger community to use computers and advanced technology to access services, to stay informed about upcoming aging issues, trends and events; to link to local, state and national Web sites, and to communicate through a list.serve as well as existing forums and chats.

Detroit Eldernet is sponsored by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging in cooperation with Detroit Public Library and United Way Community Services. It is hosted on Michigan Comnet. The Web site, which boasts a searchable aging database, calendar of events, list.serve and more, is funded through the Detroit Empowerment Zone and the Detroit Area Agency on Aging under the Family Elder Network's Senior Information System Project.

Region 1-B (Covers Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties)

Serves:  Persons age 60 and older, residing in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties.

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is a non profit organization that is responsible for services to the more than 430,000 persons age 60 and older, residing in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties.

Through the provision of home care and community-based services, older adults are given options which can help maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.

The national Older Americans Act created a network of agencies at the federal, state and local level to assure that services are provided which enable older adults to live independently in their homes. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B, established in 1974, is part of this national network.

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Area Agency on Aging 1-C (Covers Wayne County—Western & Southern)

Serves:  34 communities of Western and Southern Wayne County

The Senior Alliance (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 South and West of the City of Detroit. In 1998, the Michigan Department of Community Health authorized the agency to operate as an Organized Health Care Delivery System. This new designation allowed the agency to expand services to qualified disabled individuals. Serving older adults, however, continues to be 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 168,880 persons age 60 and over (1990 Census) residing in Southern and Western Wayne County, TSA serves the third largest senior population in Michigan.
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Finding Caregivers and Facilities

See also: the Michigan Attorney General's Complaint System and Michigan Department of Community Health.

Senior CareGuide

Elder Care—An online directory of resources for elder care, nursing homes, assisted living, and retirement communities by state.

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Find providers and ratings for eldercare needs, important eldercare news, support information, and more.

Eldercare Locator

The Federal Administration on Aging division of Health and Human Services offers this Eldercare Locator as a way to find community assistance for seniors anywhere in the U.S.

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Family Caregiver Alliance

Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. An excellent resource and clearinghouse for information.

Leading Age

Search for Michigan Nursing Homes

Search a clickable map of Michigan by county for a listing of facilities.

Senior Living Map

One of the most comprehensive searchable web directories of nonprofit housing and services for older Americans.

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Governmental Resources

National / Federal Resources

Access America

The National Partnership for Reinventing Government, with the participation of various governmental agencies, has created this searchable site to provide older adults, and caregivers, with a single site to conduct all their governmental-related business online, without having to go to an office or call an 800 number. Includes information about social security benefits, taxes, health, and consumer protection.

Administration on Aging.

This division of Health & Human Services offers a wealth of information about its programs, the Aging Network, and many worthwhile related links.

National Institute on Aging

"The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is one of the National Institutes of Health, the principal biomedical research agency of the United States Government. The NIA promotes healthy aging by conducting and supporting biomedical, social, and behavioral research and public education."


An award-winning, excellent site sponsored by the New York law firm of Goldfarb &Abrandt. The Internet Public Library (IPL2) says of this site: "It contains links and a searchable database of information and resources on topics such as case law, Medicaid, Medicare, Elderlaw attorneys, social security, wills and trusts, nursing home law, long term care insurance and elder abuse and neglect. You can search recent Federal court decisions, statutes and regulations, and articles pertinent to the field of Elder law. Also contains links to sand neglect. You can search recent Federal court decisions, statutes and regulations, and articles pertinent to the field of Elder law. Also contains links to some of the best general sites on Eldercare and resources for seniors on the web."

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USAGov for Semiors

This site provides online access to government information and services of interest to seniors in the areas of consumer protection; education, jobs, and volunteerism; federal and state agencies; health; laws and regulations; retirement and money; taxes; and travel and leisure. Searchable and browsable. From the Office of Citizen Services and Communications, U.S. General Services Administration

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Social Security

Social Security Administration Online

A large site which includes downloadable forms, disability information, Medicare information, Benefit payments, etc.

Social Security Administration Online Beneifts Application Site

Aply online for retirement or spouses benefits or restart your incomplete retirement/spouses application, Apply for disability benefits or restart your incomplete disability application, or Check the status of an application

Social Security Benefit Calculators:

Making Sense of Medicare

Ask Medicare

Sponsored by the Dept. of Health and Human Services, this is a one-stop source designed to give easy access to people taking care of elderly relatives, Ask Medicare provides information and links to services that are important to caregivers.

Sponsored by the National Council on Aging. Has self-help, interactive forms to help you to determine if you are eligible for government benefits or if the Medicare Prescription Benefit is a good choice for you.

Center for Medicare Advocacy

The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., founded in 1986, is a national non-partisan education and advocacy organization that identifies and promotes policy and advocacy solutions to ensure that elders and people with disabilities have access to Medicare and quality health care. The Center for Medicare Advocacy's national office is in Connecticut, with offices throughout the country, including Washington, DC.

Finding A Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

This site is designed to help you learn about this new coverage, find and compare plans, and enroll in a plan. Plans are organized by state and listed on a separate page. Plans may not cover all the prescription drugs you are taking or if they do, not in the dose prescribed for you. Questionnaires help you to select a plan. You need to try this site’s questionnaires several times to get the information that's right for you. (Also available in Spanish.)


The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare Information. There are two valuable searchable indexes here: Medicare Compare offers comparison shopping of Medicare Providers' plans and options—costs of premiums, types of benefits, plan quality, etc.; Nursing Home Compare does the same for every Medicare and Medicaid certified facility in the country, including their most recent violations at their last evaluation. Searchable by zip code, county, or state.

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Medicare Drug Benefit Calculator

Use this site to estimate costs for prescription drugs under the Medicare proposal under consideration by Congress. Enter annual prescription drug costs, then view estimates for out-of-pocket costs, costs plus the estimated annual premium, and the percentage of drug expenses absorbed by the payer under the new benefit. From the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Medicaid Resource Book

This full-text guide is intended "to assist the public and policy makers in understanding the structure and operation of the Medicaid program." Describes program eligibility, benefits, financing, and administration. Also includes legislative history, resource bibliographies, and indexes to federal laws and regulations. From the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

Official information from Medicare about its prescription drug plan and the Medicare prescription drug coverage (Medicare Plan D) effective January 1, 2006. Covers enrollment periods, local plans, and common coverage situations. Includes a prescription drug plan finder, a drug finder, online enrollment, and publications. From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder

This site allows you to "compare the price of various medical prescription drugs."Select the "Quick Search" tab, enter your ZIP code, and select the drug or drugs from a list. This will produce a list of prices, sorted by prescription card program, from both local and mail-order pharmacies. Also includes eligibility questions and links to related resources. From the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Medicare Rights

A national, not-for-profit organization providing telephone answers to individuals who need answers to Medicare questions or help securing coverage, together with topical links. Tip sheet on using the Medicare's drug finder, information on supplemental plans and options. Also includes information in Spanish and specific to New York state. The MRC receives its funding from many foundations and from the federal and New York state and city governments.

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Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program

Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) is a free health-benefit counseling service. Since 1984, MMAP has provided education and counseling assistance to Michigan's Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and their families or representatives.
MMAP accomplishes its mission through 48 MMAP sites housed in regional Area Agencies on Aging, County Departments on Aging, Senior Services Agencies, Commissions on Aging and other similar organizations located throughout Michigan.
Currently, MMAP has over 500 highly trained and certified volunteers and volunteer coordinators. These dedicated and compassionate people, many of them seniors, answer questions and act as guides through the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
In 2003, MMAP assisted over 22,000 Michigan beneficiaries and saved them $17 million in out-of-pocket expenses, bringing peace of mind to those who are often confused and frightened when they deal with unfamiliar and difficult government systems.

Sponsored by the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) and the Access to Benefits Coalition (ABC), with support from AstraZeneca. .Quick and easy forms can help you assess your situation; find and compare plans; or join a plan.

Prepaid Funeral Contracts & Burial Plots: A Guide for Medicaid Applicants

This 2007 fact sheet discusses the impact of owning a prepaid funeral contract or a burial plot on a person's right to obtain Medicaid benefits. Describes a prepaid funeral contract, considerations in buying a funeral contract or burial plot, and what happens to the money given to a funeral home. In English and Spanish. From the Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut.

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Michigan Resources

See also: the Michigan Attorney General's Complaint System and Michigan Department of Community Health.

Michigan Aging Services System

Office of Services to the Aging.

Senior Brigade

Now more than ever, seniors need information to help them with financial and health care decisions, and that will protect them against scam artists and predators. Nationwide, as many as 5,000,000 seniors fall victim to financial abuse each year.

This website is a clearinghouse for helpful information on consumer protection, financial matters, health care issues and veterans' services. It provides links to a wide variety of state and federal programs to help make informed decisions that can benefit you and your family.

The Senior Brigade also features a statewide calendar of events, sorted by categories, so you can easily locate items of interest to you and at a location near you. The calendar even allows you to post your own events, so others can join in.

You can also obtain free brochures to learn more about how to protect yourself and your loved ones. This site even allows you to report if someone is being abused or neglected at a resident care facility.

You are invited to tour the website and watch the video message in the top right hand corner from Attorney General Cox. The information offered through is intended to safeguard you, your family, and your assets