Know Your Org: The Senior Alliance

"Know Your Org" is an informational series designed to spotlight some of the wonderful organizations in the Canton community. This month we are highlighting The Senior Alliance.

The Senior Alliance is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 and is a designated Area Agency on Aging, which is a public or private nonprofit agency designated by a state to address the needs and concerns of all older persons at the regional and local levels. We spoke to Amanda Sears, who is the Director of Planning and Projects, about the history, mission and services provided by The Senior Alliance.

Q: When and why was The Senior Alliance established?

A: The Senior Alliance was established in 1980 as a 501(c) and a designated Area Agency on Aging. These agencies were established through the Older Americans Act and report to the state of Michigan.

Q: How many people work for The Senior Alliance?

A: TSA employs approximately 100 employees.

Q: Which communities in Southeast Michigan does The Senior Alliance serve?

A: We serve 34 communities in Western Wayne County and downriver including Canton Township and Plymouth. There are other Area Agency on Aging organizations throughout the state of Michigan.

Q: Tell us about the services that The Senior Alliance provides.

A: We provide a range of services aimed at assisting seniors and their caregivers including:

  • Nutrition assistance
  • Care management
  • Home support
  • Health care, including in-home services
  • Legal services
  • Transportation
  • Housing options
  • Medicare/Medicaid assistance
  • And much more!

Q: How can people access The Senior Alliance’s services?

A: People can access services by calling Information Assistance at 1-800-815-1112 and talking to a coordinator.

Q: What do you wish people knew?

A: Plan ahead! As soon as you or a loved one think you need services, give The Senior Alliance a call. Many people say, “I wish I had known about your organization sooner” and that The Senior Alliance is a best kept secret. However, the services that we offer should not be a secret!