Health, Independence, Choice


Q. What is an Area Agency on Aging?
A. There are 16 agencies in Michigan created by the Older Americans Act and governed by the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging to advocate for older adults and caregivers, administer funds to support programs and services, and identify needs and develop plans to enable older adults to maintain their independence with dignity through person-centered services.

Q. What is the Area Agency on Aging 3B?
A. Area Agency on Aging 3B is a private non-profit 501(c)3 agency that receives funding through the Older Americans Act to provide information and access to services for older adults, persons with disabilities and family caregivers residing in Barry and Calhoun county.

Q. What does the 3B represent in the agency’s name?
A. The 3B represents the Michigan two county region of Barry and Calhoun represented by the Area Agency.

Q. Who is eligible for services from the Area Agency on Aging 3B?
A. Any person age 60 and over who resides in Barry and Calhoun counties is potentially eligible for agency services that are funded by either the Older Americans Act or the Older Michiganians Act. Persons over the age of 65 and younger adults with disabilities who meet income eligibility requirements and are medically eligible for nursing home placement may qualify for the MI Choice Home and Community Based Medicaid Waiver Program.

Q. What does person-centered mean?
A. Person-centered means that the older adult’s needs, desires, preferences, and goals are considered most important when working with the adult and their caregiver to determine how, when, where, and by whom services are provided.

Q. How can I find contact information for an Area Agency on Aging in other regions?
A. Information about Area Agencies on Aging across the United States can be obtained by calling the Eldercare Locator number at 1-800-677-1116 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST or by visiting the Eldercare web site at

Q. Who should call an Area Agency on Aging?
A. Caregivers or individuals facing challenges with daily activities, or who have questions about their options for remaining independent as long as possible in the community. We provide assistance to connect you to services or community resources which may help. Persons who don’t qualify for any of our services will be directed to the proper local resource to help them.