Update of County of Marin’s Area Plan for Aging Released

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March 31, 2017 | Department of Aging & Adult Services has just released the first update to Live Long, Live Well: Marin County Area Plan for Aging 2016-2020. This is the current four-year plan for the Marin County Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

The four-year plan and this update will inform policy makers, funders, service providers, and members of the community about the needs of older adults in Marin County while engendering opportunities to improve their quality of life and sustain their independence.

Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Update of Live Long, Live Well: Marin County Area Plan for Aging 2016-2020 is the first update of the four year planning cycle, as determined by the Older Americans Act. The Older Americans Act requires Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to submit an Area Plan every four years, with subsequent annual updates, which reflect strategies and activities to best serve the needs of older adults and family caregivers in their designated Planning and Service Area (PSA).

The planning process, including a needs assessment, undertaken in 2016 to develop this four-year plan identified priority areas and established goals for the AAA and the Commission on Aging. These are:

  • Enhance quality of life, safety, and security for older adults
  • Support and promote local efforts to create livable communities for all
  • Improve visibility and usability of information, services, and resources
  • Encourage innovative approaches to policy and services through community collaboration and advocacy

To read the Area Plan Update, click here.

 

Marin Community Foundation Healthy Eating Active Living Community Needs Assessment

MCF HEAL Study

The Marin Community Foundation recently presented the results of this study to help guide the work of the AAI Nutrition Workgroup. While the primary purpose of the study was to guide MCF grantmaking, the foundation coordinated its efforts with the County’s Area Agency on Aging and is making its data available to the public.

Here are a few sample findings related to older adult nutrition:

46% of respondents below the Elder Index report running out of money for food each month compared to 7% of older adults above the Elder Index (Marin County Aging and Adult Services Needs Assessment, (2015).

Respondents below the Elder Index are 2.2 times more likely to report eating alone most of the time than those above the Elder Index (Marin County Aging and Adult Services Needs Assessment, 2015)

For more information . . .

  • Click here to view the full report and data appendix
  • Click here to view the summary presentation of findings