The purpose of Aging Action Initiative (AAI) is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of service providers through education, policy advocacy, and service coordination.
The unique implementation strategy is all about building relationships through coordinated and collective effort.
AAI is a collective of service providers, funded by the County of Marin and coordinated by MARINSPACE. More than 65 community agencies, services providers, and grassroots organizations participate in the Initiative. To see a list of participants, click here.
- AAI Pilot Program Sets Stage for Future Advocacy Efforts to increase awareness and support for legislation that impacts older adults
- AAI Steering Committee Presents New Strategic Direction to address the aging crisis in Marin
- AAI Launches Financial Counseling for Older Adults to help residents clarify their financial situation and explore choices around critical issues like housing and jobs
- AAI Teaches with Cook & Connect Workshops about proper nutrition and healthy recipes for older adults
- AAI Hosts Convene & Connect to explore “What’s Next for Aging in Marin?”
- AAI Educates with Detect & Connect Workshops on mental health and dementia issues in older adults
- AAI Advocates at State Capitol for increases to supplemental security income (SSI) which benefits older adults
- AAI Trains with Inform & Connect Workshops to educate front line workers about older adult information and services across the county
- Aging Action Initiative Fact Sheet – An overview of AAI’s first year of activity
How did we get here?
In the fall of 2014, AAI was launched by the Marin County Board of Supervisors to address the needs of our county’s aging citizens. During the initial six-month planning process local expertise was leveraged to cultivate a shared understanding of the county’s aging landscape, community needs, program/service strengths and challenges, and future opportunities. Workgroups formed to develop plans for collective actions that 1) meet important community needs, 2) are “doable” within a one-year time frame, and 3) build and strengthen inter-agency relationships.
The four workgroups:
- Information Assistance & Referral Network
- Mental Health & Dementia
- Food & Nutrition
- Economic Security
The Steering Committee guided the overall direction of the Initiative and consisted of representatives from:
- DPP Consulting
- Jewish Family & Children Services
- Marin Community Foundation
- Marin County Aging & Adult Services
- Marin County Commission on Aging
- Marin Interfaith Council
- Senior Access
- West Marin Senior Services
While each workgroup oversaw the implementation of its action items, delegating the tactical work of the projects to smaller task force subcommittees. MARINSPACE provided process facilitation, administrative coordination, and behind-the-scenes project management services.
Information & Resources:
- AAI 5th Convening – The slide deck presented on March 29, 2017
- AAI Workgroup Gathering – The slide deck presented on September 27, 2016
- AAI Workgroup Gathering Discussion – The summary of the presentation and feedback discussion on September 27, 2016
- Aging Action Initiative Aging Action: Year 2 Combined Feedback and Direction – The progress report shared by the Steering Committee on July 12, 2016
- AAI 3rd Convening Presentation – The slide deck presented on April 20, 2016
- AAI 2nd Convening Presentation – The slide deck presented on April 2, 2015
- Aging Action Initiative: The First Six Months – This is the final planning report from the first 6 months of the Aging Action Initiative
- Aging Action Initiative: Overview & Context – This document outlines the long term vision and goals of the Aging Action Initiative
- Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Area Plan 2016-2020 – The area plan on aging from Marin County Aging and Adult Services (AAS) who acts as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Marin County
- Marin Community Foundation “Older Adults Healthy Eating Active Living” Needs Assessment – The Presentation, report, and appendix
- Vol 1 Issue 1 March 2017 Shared Housing
- Vol 1 Issue 2 April 2017 Transportation
- Vol 1 Issue 3 May 2017 Commission on Aging
- Vol 1 Issue 4 June 2017 Age-Friendly
AAI Dectect & Connect Train the Trainer (P1) Wednesday September 13, 2017 Applications for the training will be made available this summer.
AAI Dectect & Connect Train the Trainer (P2) Tuesday October 3, 2017 Part Two is a mandatory practice session to complete the training.
IN THE MEDIA
- Creating ‘Aging Equity’ across Marin – AAI Steering Committee Chair Joe O’Hehir sharing his opinion about creating ‘aging equity’ in Marin Independent Journal’s Marin Voice
- Living Well and Aging Well in Marin is Expensive, But Help is All Around – AAI “Money Matters” collaboration explained in Marin Independent Journal
- Finance Help for Seniors Starting at Dominican University – AAI “Money Matters” program launch featured in Marin Independent Journal
- Marin Looks for Ways to Help the Aging as Over-60 Population Grows Quickly – AAI featured in Marin Independent Journal article about steps being taken to empower seniors
- CVNL’s 23rd Annual Heart of Marin Awards – AAI nominated for Excellence in Innovation Award for advancing solutions to critical issues in the community
- Preparing for an Age-Friendly Marin – AAI featured in County of Marin news release about community members mobilizing to address needs of older adults
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