Department on Aging
Important Service Update
In consultation with the Jackson County Health Officer regarding the Coronavirus potential impact for older adults, the Jackson County Department on Aging is closing all senior nutrition sites effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. All senior center programs and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) appointments are cancelled.
The Department on Aging is closed to the public. Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered.
The Jackson County Department on Aging had a 2018 fiscal year budget of $2,772,592. The 0.25 mill Senior Millage is an important part of funding for seniors services. In addition, 60% of the budget is supported by donations and funding from various organizations including Region II Area Agency on Aging, under the auspices of the Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency, State of Michigan Department of Human Services, and LifeWays. For a copy of the 2018 Annual Report (PDF)
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners appoints a 15 member Advisory Council on Aging. Members of the Advisory Council are older adults and those who provide services to older adults. The Advisory Council provides information about the needs and opinions of older adults in Jackson County, offers input on the desirability of programs, and generally advises the Department on Aging on matters concerning senior citizens. The Advisory Council normally meets the last Wednesday of the month, review their 2020 Meeting Schedule (PDF). The Advisory Council Bylaws (PDF) explains the Advisory Council purpose, membership, organization, meetings, committees and amendments. To seek appointment to the Jackson County Advisory Council on Aging submit a Request for Board or Commission Appointment Form (PDF)
According to Federal Regulations, clients receiving service are asked to make a donation for the service they receive. A fee is not charged. No one is denied service due to an inability to donate.
The Department on Aging has 14 full- and 21 part-time, as well as casual staff, providing services to over 6,000 Jackson County residents.
Contact the Department on Aging for a copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices.