Department on Aging
Senior Millage: Vote on August 4th, 2020
On August 4th, 2020 a Senior Millage proposal will be on the ballot to continue services for older adults in Jackson County, as the current .25 mill is ending. The amount is for 0.60 mill and will support services for ten years. Property tax for a $100,000 home would be $30 a year. For more information about services provided through the millage click here, Senior Millage Flyer (PDF) or Senior Millage PowerPoint (PDF).
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 closed all senior nutrition sites, until further notice. Some senior center programs and activities are operating by Zoom meeting format, please call (517) 768-8691 for more details.
The Department on Aging is open to the public by appointment only, please call (517) 788-4364 to see if an appointment is needed or if staff can help you telephonically. Meals on Wheels, Home Care Services and Respite Care are being provided in the community.
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.