Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan Community Needs Assessment

Using primary and secondary data gathered, four major themes presented as priority issues for the 60+ population in northwest Michigan.

1. There is increased demand for information, referral, and resource navigation. 

2. There is increased need for access to in-home services; informal caregivers are burnt out increasing the demand for care while simultaneously, there is a reduction in care available due to the direct care workforce crisis. 

3. Mental health (prevalence, lack of access) was expressed as a crisis issue across most need assessments and within the focus groups/interviews. 

4. Social determinants of health were identified as intensified needs at large and within the 60+ population including access to housing, food and transportation. Inflation is a compounding factor.

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