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Washington, DC—On July 27, during the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) 41st Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Kathryn (Kathy) C. Boles, the President and CEO of the Valley Area Agency on Agingwas sworn in, after being elected by the members, as n4a’s incoming president. n4a represents the interests of 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and over 250 Title VI tribal aging agencies, a nationwide network of organizations that supports the needs of older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers. Previously, Kathy served on the n4a Board of Directors and chaired several of the organization’s major committees.

Since 2003, Kathy has served as the president and CEO of the Flint, Michigan–based Valley Area Agency on Aging (VAAA). Under her leadership, VAAA’s funding base has grown significantly, enabling the agency to strengthen existing programs and develop new initiatives that have improved the health and safety of older adults in the region.

“With over 25 years of experience in the aging field, Kathy brings an extraordinary depth of knowledge and commitment to her new role as our president,” said n4a CEO Sandy Markwood. “Kathy’s proven leadership will serve the Aging Network well as she helps us navigate in these rapidly-changing times.”

“In this new role, I am extremely honored to serve the 622 Area Agencies on Aging and 246 Title VI Native American aging programs and look forward to building on all of the hard work and momentum we’ve already achieved,” said n4a President Kathy Boles.

About n4a
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is a 501c(3) membership association representing America’s national network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and providing a voice in the nation’s capital for the 256 Title VI Native American aging programs. The mission of n4a is to build the capacity of its members so they can better help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.



The Tri-County Office on Aging 28th Annual Meals On Wheels Charity Golf Outing was held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers West Golf Course. Despite an unexpected location change, the event was a success by all accounts, raising over $27,000 to help fund home delivered meals and other in-home supports for older adults. This is a slight increase in proceeds over last year.

Just over 140 golfers participated in the event, with over 20 volunteers working at stations to keep the event running smoothly.

TCOA wishes to extend its appreciation to everyone who made the day a success, including the following sponsors for their dedication and support:

Event Sponsor

Jackson National Life Insurance Company

Gold Sponsor

Michigan Financial Group

Above and Beyond Sponsor

Michigan Money Management

Award Dinner Sponsors

The Centennial Group & the Durso Family

McLaren Greater Lansing

Golf Cart Sponsor


Lunch Sponsor

Dart Bank

Hospitality Cart Sponsor

Farm Bureau Insurance Company

Snack Sponsor

Mareck Family & Geriatric Services

Mulligan-Skin Sponsor

Home Care Alternatives

Titanium Sponsor

Jessi Kay Home Care

Silver Plus Sponsors

Cypress Home Care

DBI Business Interiors

Klug Law Firm

Physicians Health Plan

Silver Sponsors

Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices

First Housing Corporation

Apartment Specialist Inc.

Oliver Packaging

The Pines Rehabilitation & Health Care Center

Sparrow Clinton Hospital

Bronze Sponsors

Dean Transportation

Auto Owners

Official Movers

Two Men and A Truck

Hole In One Contest

Williams Auto World

Breakfast Sponsor

Breadsmith of Okemos

Hole Sponsors


Medical Care Facility and Rehab Services of Ingham County

Rehmann Robson

TCOA Friends For Independence

Hedlund Plumbing

Thatch Computer Consulting


Planning for the Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA) 28th Annual Meals On Wheels Charity Golf Outing has been underway for months, with the event originally scheduled to be held at Walnut Hills Golf Course on Tuesday, June 14. With the uncertainty surrounding the opening of Walnut Hills, the decision was made to change venues. TCOA is pleased to announce the event will now be held at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers West in Lansing.


TCOA has been following the situation at Walnut Hills closely over the last few weeks.  With the course still not open last week, we reached out to alternate sites for bids. We appreciate the prompt response of the venues that were contacted. TCOA chose Forest Akers in part due to our history in holding the outing there in the past. TCOA staff and volunteers are excited about moving forward and are confident the event will be a success.


Proceeds of the event are used to support in-home services such as the Meals on Wheels Program, which helps support independent living for older adults by providing hot, nutritious meals to older adults and individuals who are at nutritional risk. Last fiscal year from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, TCOA served just under 481,000 home delivered meals. This represents a 25% increase in meals served in the last three years. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Tammy Lemmer at 517-887-1382.

The 3rd Annual Run for the Ages 5K run/walk/wheel event was a great success! Over 150 TCOA staff, volunteers, friends and family gathered at Hawk Island Park on Saturday, May 21 2016 to raise funds for programs like Meals on Wheels, the Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, Project Choices and other in-home services that support independent living.

For information about this year’s race, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities for 2017, contact Race Director Kate Long at 517-887- 1348.



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