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January 10, 2013
Area seniors, adults with disabilities and those who care for them are invited to a community information session that will not only provide access to community resources, but also seeks input on how to improve those services.

The Detroit Area Agency on Aging on Thursday, Jan. 17, hosts an Aging Summit at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial for residents from the five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. Advance registration is required.

“This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for area seniors and adults with disabilities to not only learn about the services that are available to them, but to also give government and agency officials ideas as to what is lacking,” said Joan Thornton, a Grosse Pointe Woods resident and a member of the DAAA advisory council.

The summit provides residents with information on demographic trends and emerging issues participants should be aware of, as well as allowing residents to identify service gaps and make recommendations as to how funds can be better allocated.

In addition to service issues, participants will learn about new health and wellness strategies currently being developed for the area. Residents will register their input through KeyPoint Clicker Technology, allowing for instant results and feedback.

“Our goal is to provide strong home and community-based services for our seniors,” Thornton said. “But to do that, we need everyone’s input.”

The morning summit begins with a continental breakfast, and concludes with a raffle at 12:30 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling (313) 446-4444, ext. 5854 by Monday, Jan. 14.

The DAAA is a private, non-profit agency providing services for residents 60 years of age and older, adults with disabilities and caregivers.

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