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Purpose

The Alaska Commission on Aging (ACoA) advocates for state policy, public and private partnerships, state/federal projects and citizen involvement that assists each of us to age successfully in our homes, in our communities or as near as possible to our communities and families.

Our work involves planning, advocacy, and interagency collaboration on issues and state and federal services affecting older Alaskans. The Commission was established under AS 44.21.200 in 1982. Effective July 1, 2003 and per AS 47.45.200, the Commission is now housed in the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Boards and Commissions under the Commissioner's Office.

The ACoA collaborates with the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Department, provider agencies and the public to develop the Alaska's State Plan for Services and the Intra-state funding formula to allocate pass-thru grant funds received from the U.S. Administration on Aging. The ACoA also collaborates with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority for project and program development, and makes funding recommendations as required by Alaska Statutes.

MISSION

The mission of the Alaska Commission on Aging is to ensure the dignity and independence of all older Alaskans, and to assist them to lead useful and meaningful lives through planning, advocacy, education, and interagency cooperation.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • The commission has identified eight guiding principles that provide a philosophical frame of reference for all of the Commission’s work:

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Seniors will live with dignity and respect and have an opportunity to receive services to promote and enhance their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.
  • Seniors will attain and maintain personal and financial independence at the highest level for as long as possible.
  • Seniors will be able to age in place, remain safe in their own homes, chosen communities or regions of the state in the least restrictive setting possible.
  • Seniors will remain connected as valued members of their families and communities with opportunities for maximum mutual benefit and harmony between generations.

SERVICES

  • Services will provide satisfaction to seniors and caregivers, and demonstrate positive outcomes in the lives of seniors.
  • Services to seniors will be provided in as culturally relevant a manner as possible.
  • Services will be planned and provided in consideration, collaboration, and coordination with other groups and organizations in order to make maximum use of existing resources while ensuring that seniors receive the range of services they need.
  • Service providers will receive adequate training and professional development to ensure competent delivery of services to seniors.

FOCAL POINTS FOR PROGRAMMATIC WORK

  1. Helping seniors and younger Alaskans to achieve economic well-being as they age.
  2. Strengthening support to caregivers.
  3. Striving to assure consistently high quality services.
  4. Expanding the availability of appropriate support services to older rural Alaskans.
  5. Assisting grantees and communities to prevent elder abuse and promote the wellbeing of vulnerable Alaskans.
  6. Promoting public awareness and action to achieve constructive public policy regarding issues that affect Alaskan seniors.
  7. Working to improve health care and health care systems for elderly Alaskan.
  8. Participating in workforce projects for development and training of direct service and healthcare professions.

For more information, please see the Alaska Commission on Aging State Plan for Services FY08-FY11.

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