Aging Units are a creation of Wisconsin law. They reflect the Wisconsin tradition of vesting authority for the planning and provision of services for older people and their family caregivers with local government. The Aging Unit belongs to and is governed by older people. Older people determine how the Aging Unit serves older people and their family caregivers. The Aging Unit empowers older people by assisting older people in helping themselves. The federal Older Americans Act requires the Aging Unit to advocate for local and societal changes on behalf of older people and their family caregivers.
According to the Wisconsin Elders Act which is a state-level counterpart of the federal Older Americans Act, the Aging Unit shall work to ensure that all older people, regardless of income, have access to information, services and opportunities available through the county Aging Unit, have the opportunity to contribute toward the cost of services and that the services and resources of the Aging Unit are designed to reach those in greatest social and economic need.
The primary function of the Aging Unit is to provide a visible, accessible point of contact and work for the development of a comprehensive and coordinated system for the delivery of social and other needed services for older people. Statutory language defines that the Aging Unit be a catalyst and recorder for community change and community organizing to create responsive and effective service systems for older people.
The Outagamie County Aging Unit is under the direction of the Outagamie County Department of Health & Human Services Aging and Long Term Support Division.
To read more information about the Aging Unit in The Guide, please click here.
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