Board and Committees of the Area Agency on Aging of Dane County

AAA Board of Directors

Establishment
The Area Agency on Aging of Dane County's Board of Directors was mandated by the state of Wisconsin in December 1972. It is an 11-member body appointed by the County Executive and approved by the County Board. It serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and the Health and Human Needs Committee. It also provides technical assistance to county departments and agencies, other governmental agencies, business and community groups, and the general public related to issues of aging and the needs of senior adults.

Mission
The mission of the Dane County Area Agency on Aging's Board of Directors is to advocate for older people in order to enable them to maintain their full potential and enhance their quality of life. The work of the AAA Board shall include policy development, budget prioritizing, identifying, planning, recommending, and over-seeing of county aging services. The AAA Board creates and promotes opportunities for communication among the entire community, including local organizations and elected representatives, public and private planners, and providers of service.

Members & Appointments
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AAA Access Committee

The Access Committee establishes the procedures and guidelines on issues of access such as elder abuse and neglect, case management, transportation, benefits counseling, and caregiver issues. Recommendations and position statements of the Access Committee shall be submitted to the full AAA Board for further action. The Access Committee shall:

  1. Perform studies, develop issue papers, and make recommendations to the AAA Board on prevention and other issues and trends related to older adults.
  2. Develop, review, and update minimum standards for all case managers serving older adults.
  3. Research, review, and update the case management formula on factors and weights considered to be primary indicators of greatest economic and social issues of elderly persons.
  4. Advocate for older adults, including those with disabilities, to enable them to maintain full potential, enhance quality of life, and affirm the dignity and value of older adults by supporting their choices for living in their own community.
  5. Monitor senior service programs funded by AAA including Alcohol & Other Drug Services for Older Adults Program, Cultural Diversity Program, Elder Benefit Specialist Program, Grandparents & Other Relatives as Parents Caregiver Program, National Family Caregiver Support Program, and Volunteer Programs and receive periodic reports.
  6. Monitor grant-funded programs administered by AAA including Medicare Improvements for Patients & Providers Act (MIPPA) and State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and receive periodic reports.
  7. Advocate for the Elder Abuse Program, Senior Transportation Services, and Victims of Crime Advocates Program and receive periodic reports from staff.
  8. Participate in activities of ADRC and other committees and groups working toward common goals.
  9. Conduct listening sessions at various sites in Dane County to ascertain needs of focal points and seniors specific to each area.
  10. Conduct listening sessions with various service providers to ascertain issues affecting older adults.
  11. Regularly monitor growth and trends in aging population statistics.
  12. Review committee description annually.

Members
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AAA Legislative/Advocacy Committee

The Legislative/Advocacy Committee submits position statements to the AAA Board for approval. Those positions establish the basis for action on public policy issues. Positions taken by the Legislative/Advocacy Committee shall reflect the approved Dane County Legislative Agenda. The Legislative/Advocacy Committee may also make recommendations to the AAA Board on evolving senior issues. The Legislative/Advocacy Committee shall:

  1. Set priorities for action on issues that affect older adults of Dane County.
  2. Research issues in developing priorities and taking position.
  3. Develop links with groups providing services or advocating for older adults and the constituency concerned about aging issues in Dane County, especially the Dane County Focal Points and other agencies serving older adults.
  4. Follow deliberations of official bodies on positions taken by the Committee and report those actions to the aging constituency.
  5. Advocate with respect to positions taken by the Committee with federal, state, county, and local bodies responsible for taking action on those positions by:
    1. Communicating by letter, email, phone calls, public hearings, meetings, and personal contacts with public officials responsible for implementing the positions.
    2. Urging the Elderly Advocacy Network (EAN) and other groups to act on positions of the Committee.
    3. Providing educational opportunities for candidates for public office and public officials.
    4. Reporting to the AAA Board.
    5. Meeting with Dane County Lobbyist and others interested in legislative advocacy.
  6. Participate with other groups to implement positions taken by the Committee.
  7. Execute other related assignments as needed.
  8. Review committee description annually.

Members & Appointments
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AAA Nutrition/Wellness Committee

The Nutrition/Wellness Committee advises the Senior Nutrition Program on all matters relating to the delivery of nutrition and nutrition supportive services. An emphasis on Prevention and Prevention Programs is included in the philosophy and activities of the Nutrition/Wellness Committee. Positions taken by the Nutrition/ Wellness Committee shall reflect the approved Dane County Legislative Agenda and follow state policies. The Nutrition/Wellness Committee may also make recommendations to the AAA Board on evolving senior issues. The Nutrition/Wellness Committee shall:

  1. Promote policies and programs that enhance and increase the nutritional status of senior adults and prevent more costly health problems.
  2. Meet with participants at senior dining centers to ask about their satisfaction with the meals, as well as programs and services connected with the meals.
  3. Survey consumers and staff regarding transportation issues related to participation in the Senior Nutrition Programs.
  4. Review specific Senior Nutrition Program policies as indicated by state policies as needing local determinations.
  5. Develop and recommend standards for senior dining centers and home-delivered meals for use in contracts and site reviews.
  6. Review meal and participant data regarding each senior dining site and/or home-delivered meal provider and make recommendations to the AAA Board about locations and performance of Dane County nutrition providers.
  7. Inform the public about the benefits and costs of the Senior Nutrition Program.
  8. Assist staff with special projects, such as measuring outcomes and assisting with provider reviews.
  9. Review and make recommendations regarding Prevention Programs.
  10. Represent and speak on behalf of nutrition program participants and programs.
  11. As a liaison group, act as a communications clearinghouse between the nutrition and prevention programs and the general public.
  12. Make contacts with potential nutrition and prevention program volunteers and participants, and with potential Nutrition/Wellness Committee members.
  13. Set annual goals for program improvements.
  14. Review committee description as needed.

Members
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Address:
2865 N. Sherman Avenue
Northside Town Center
Madison WI, 53704
*Located inside the ADRC

608-261-9930
608-240-7402

Email: AAA@countyofdane.com

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