Region 9 Area Agency on Aging

Region 9 Area Agency on Aging  


The purpose of the Region 9 Area Agency on Aging is to plan, coordinate and develop a comprehensive service delivery system for the elderly within its planning and service area.

The Area Agency on Aging service area includes 12 counties:
Alcona | Alpena | Arenac | Cheboygan | Crawford | Iosco | Montmorency | Ogemaw | Oscoda | Otsego | Presque Isle | Roscommon

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

This program provides information and education to families and individuals about long term care facilities and services. The Ombudsman investigates concerns and helps facility residents, families and friends to resolve problems dealing with quality care, residents' rights and state regulating services. The Ombudsman and Ombudsman Volunteers act as a liaison between residents, care providers and state regulatory agencies. The Ombudsman provides educational programs and training in residents' rights, guardianship, volunteer advocacy and long term care public benefits. For more information e-mail Sara Socia or call (989) 358-4630.

The Medicaid/Medicare Assistance Program (MMAP)

A hotline for Medicare beneficiaries and their families to access well-trained volunteers who assist with understanding Medicare and Medicaid eligibility, enrollment, coverage, medical bills, supplemental and long-term care insurance. For more information call (800) 803-7174, or go to  

For Prescription Information and Assistance e-mail Susan Bowen at or call (989) 358-4612.

In-Home Services

These services include homemaking, Personal Care, Home Delivered Meals, and Respite Care are sub-contracted to local service providers. Recipients must meet the 60 years of age requirement or be the spouse of someone 60 years of age or older for home-delivered meals. Persons requesting one or more of these services must possess a need for assistance with certain activities of daily living. There are no income guidelines to receive services, however, donations and cost sharing are encouraged to help maintain the program. For more information e-mail Yvette Smigelski at or call (989) 358-4613.

Congregate Meal     woman delivering bag of groceries

Congregate meal sites are located in all twelve counties served by the Area Agency on Aging. Local Senior Centers are the focus for providing these daily, nutritionally balanced, meals to individuals. Participants must meet the 60 years of age requirement or be the spouse of someone 60 years of age or older. There are no income guidelines for participation, however suggested donation rates, per meal, are posted.  To find a senior center near you, contact your local County Council/Commission on Aging.

NOTE: Some Senior Centers require advanced reservations for meal preparation.  

Program specific information can be obtained by calling the Area Agency on Aging at (989) 358-4628, or e-mail Kelly Robinette at

National Family Caregiver Support Program       older woman sitting with a young girl

This program provides information and services to family caregivers who are caring for someone older than age 60, or the grandparent(s) and other relative caregivers over the age of 60 who are caring for a child age 18 or under. Priority will be given to those in greatest social and economic need with particular attention to low-income, older individuals. For more information e-mail Kara LaMarre at or call (989) 358-4616.

Adult Day Care Service Program   

Tobacco Settlement funds are available to establish Adult Day Care Service programs where none currently exist, expand, or enhance existing adult day care programs, and provide on-going support of adult day care centers.

See below for list of available Adult Day Centers in the Region IX Service Area:

  • The Caring Place  |  100 Woods Circle, Alpena, MI 49707  |  Phone: (989) 356-4507 or (800) 221-0294  Web:
  • The Cottage - Ogemaw Commission on Aging  |  1528 South M-33, West Branch, MI 48661  |  Phone: (989) 345-3010  Ext. 1810 Web:
  • Otsego Haus Adult Day Services  |  120 Grandview Blvd., Gaylord, MI 49735  |  Phone: (989) 732-1122  Web:
  • Pleasant Days Center Adult Day Care  |  131 Clyde Street, Omer, MI 48749  |  Phone: (888) 370-7184  Web:
  • Sand Castles  |  1531 Sand Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721  |  Phone: (231) 597-8317  Fax: (231) 597-8337  |  Web:

Elder Abuse Prevention

Region 9 AAA offers an annual community education event aimed at the prevention and awareness of elder abuse.  Too many seniors are victims of scams, theft, abuse and neglect.  Learn more about this issue by attending our next event.  Contact us at for more information.  

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

A community service and work-based training program designed to promote economic self-sufficiency for older workers. Participants are assigned to work at one of a variety of non-profit or government agencies that have entered into a work agreement with Region 9 AAA.  Program training is designed to provide skills that enable participants to obtain unsubsidized employment. The program requires that participants be at least 55 years of age and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level, and be currently unemployed. Enrollment priority is given to individuals over age 60, veterans and qualified spouses of veterans. Program information can be obtained by emailing Connie McQuarrie at


Community Based Care Services                                                                                                                                                                                               

Care Management (CM)       

A service designed to locate, mobilize and manage a variety of home care and other services needed by frail elderly persons, aged 60 and older, at risk of nursing home placement. A cost sharing fee scale is an element of the program, however, service will not be denied if the person is unable to pay.

The MI-Choice Waiver Program

This program is designed to allow persons who are eligible for Medicaid-covered nursing home services (anyone age 18 and older) to remain in their own home with the same level of care. Clients must be medically eligible for nursing home placement and financially eligible for Medicaid based on 300% of SSI and assets of $2,000 or less per individual. The waiver program is available in Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Crawford, Cheboygan, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle and Roscommon counties.

Program specific information can be obtained by calling the MI-Choice Program at (989) 358-4631, or e-mail Karen Balcom.  

The Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund (MATLF)  


This program helps people with disabilities or impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities including: seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, and caring for oneself.  The program provides low cost, fixed-rate loans to qualified applicants to finance the purchase of assistive technology devices and/or services such as;  ramps, modified vehicles, home modifications, specialized computers, etc. To participate in the program, applicants must be individuals with disabilities or parents/guardians of individuals with disabilities.

The MATLF is a joint effort of the Michigan Disabilities Rights Coalition, United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, and the Centers for Independent Living statewide. Additional information can be obtained by e-mailing Connie McQuarrie at or by visiting


Evidence Based Disease Prevention

Personal Action Towards Health (PATH)     

PATH empowers people to take an active role in managing a chronic or long-term health condition.  Workshops meet for 6 weeks in 2 1/2 hour sessions.  Adults with any chronic condition such as arthritis, heart disease, emphysema, depression, etc. benefit from creating personal action plans to achieve practical goals in managing their conditions.  Contact us at for a list of workshops.

Personal Action Toward Health - Diabetes (Diabetes PATH)

Like PATH, Diabetes PATH is a 6 week 2 1/2 hour workshop specifically designed for adults with Type 2 Diabetes.  Diabetes PATH is a complimentary program to the diabetes education you receive from your health care provider.  Diabetes PATH helps you learn techniques to take charge of your diabetes, better communicate with your health care team and make weekly action plans to help you stay on track.  Contact us at for a list of workshops.


Personal Action Toward Health-Pain (Pain PATH)

Pain PATH is a self-management program that will not conflict with your existing pain management programs or treatment.  Instead, it will give you the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage your health and pain, and help you keep active.  Pain PATH is a 6 week 2 1/2 hour workshop.  Contact us at for a list of workshops.

A Matter of Balance

Matter of Balance is eight two-hour small group sessions led by a trained facilitation that helps older adults who are concerned about falls; have had falls in the past; restrict activities because of a fear of falling or are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.  Classes are for those age 60 or older who are able to ambulate and problem solve.  Contact us at for a list of workshops.

Creating Confident Caregivers (CCC)

If you're a caregiver caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, or memory loss, this 6 week program is for you.  Learn about dementia and its effect on the brain, how to reduce your stress and create a positive environment for your loved one.  You'll also learn how to plan activities for your loved one that are based on their strengths, gain self-confidence in your caregiving role and so much more.  Contact us at for a list of workshops.  

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Coming soon is this self-care education program for family caregivers.  This program will provide you with tools and stategies to better handle the unique caregiver challenges you face.