Welcome to the Blueprint for Aging!

Welcome to our site! As an organization dedicated to helping older adults maintain their independence and quality of life in Washtenaw County, we have created this site for residents, service providers, and policy-makers interested in topics relevant to older adults.

Here you will find information and links to agencies and resources for older adults, data and current research on older adults, as well as topics of interest to older adults.

We are very pleased that you are visiting our site, and we hope that you find it useful!  


  Upcoming Senior Network Resource Training Events

Sponsored by the Blueprint

April 23rd –

Senior Budgeting Assistance
Guest Presenter: Marshall Averill
Americorps Financial Empowerment Coach

Marshall Averill, an AmeriCorps Financial Empowerment Coach based at the United Way of Washtenaw County, will give an overview of the services he provides for clients, such as individual budgeting advice.

May 7th  -

The University of Michigan’s Population Health Office is joining us to discuss two care management programs offered by UMHS.

The Complex Care Management Program (CCMP) was formed in 2005 to coordinate care for UMHS patients with the highest level of need, including those with physical illnesses, mental illnesses, homelessness, and a lack of adequate health insurance.

They provide centralized transitional care for vulnerable patients discharged from inpatient and emergency room services and continuous care management services.


  • Heather Rye
  • Julia Walling

GRACE Program (Geriatric Assessment & Care of Elders)

The Geriatric Resource for Assessment and Care for Elders (GRACE) program is a new program at UMHSs designed to provide specialized care for medically complex, low-income elderly patients.


  • Dr. Lourdes Velez
  • Hilary McConnachie
  • Tabrina Reeves

Find out more at http://www.med.umich.edu/aco/population.html

All training events will take place in the second floor conference room of the Washtenaw County Bldg, located at 705 Zeeb Rd, from 10 am – 11 am unless otherwise stated.

Email vboyce@csswashtenaw.org if you plan to attend.

Upcoming Event

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Elder Abuse Has No Borders - Area Agency on Aging Sponsored Conference

The Coordinated Community Response Coalition of Oakland and Wayne Counties (CCRC) is hosting the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELDER ABUSE

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015(9AM TO 3PM)


36600 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150

Older Michiganians Day (OMD) is an annual event that takes place on the East Lawn
of the Capitol Building in Lansing in early June. This event brings together hundreds
of seniors, aging service providers and senior advocates.

This free event provides the opportunity to share a unified voice with the Legislature
expressing the concerns, challenges, and opportunities for older adults by the
experts, older adults themselves and aging service providers.

Find out how to register and more event details here: http://www.oldermichiganiansday.com/

 Identity theft workshop

Senior Brigade presenter Justine Bykowski is holding a workshop on Tuesday, April 21 at 12:15 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave.)

This workshop is open to all ages and provides information on how to reduce the risk of having your identity stolen and what to do if you become a victim.

Visit the Michigan Attorney General Senior Brigade website at  http://www.michigan.gov/seniorbrigade for more information and resources.


Artist reception at the Ann Arbor Senior Center

The community is invited to attend an artist reception featuring Brenda Miller-Slomovits at the Ann Arbor Senior Center on Friday, May 1 from 6-8 p.m. titled “Seeing Latitude.”

Her work emphasizes preservation and ecology, topics that have captured Miller-Slomovits attention and inspire her art.

Twenty-five percent of art sale proceeds from “Seeing Latitude” will be donated to Legacy Land Conservancy.

Enjoy a classical guitar performance by Michael Harrington and light refreshments.

The gallery is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. To learn more about the city’s cultural arts programming, visit http://www.a2gov.org/culturalarts. This programming is made possible by a grant awarded by the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor.

On April 17th, President Obama signed a bill that offers critical protections for our nation’s most vulnerable seniors with Medicare.

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015:

  • Makes the Qualifying Individual (QI) program permanent—meaning 500,000 low-income individuals with Medicare will no longer have to worry each year whether they can get help to pay their monthly premiums.
  • Expands resources by 50% for community-based organizations to conduct benefits outreach and enrollment—from $25 million to $37.5 million for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.


Check out Senior Services!

Worried about maintaining your independence as you age in Washtenaw County?

Senior Services, a division of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw may be able to help. For over 30 years, NSS has been helping older adults find reliable and affordable assistance with home maintenance, home injury prevention, access ramps, and transportation.

Call 734-712-7775 for information and check out our webpage at http://www.nssweb.org.

The Blueprint for Aging strives to create and maintain positive community change to increase quality of life and independence for older adults and their allies in Washtenaw County through a community collaborative process.

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