Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones
On June 10, 2014, learn what you can do to protect yourself from elder abuse. Experts in the areas of elder abuse, caregiver stress, Medicare fraud and abuse, recent scams in West Michigan and other finacial ploys will tell you what you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones.
The training will be held at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center (600 Forest Hill Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49546) from 11:30-3:00 p.m.
FY 2015 - 2016 Older Americans Act Adult Day Services Proposal
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is releasing a single service FY 2015 - 2016 Older Americans Act Adult Day Services Proposal.
Anyone interested in requesting funds to provide Adult Day Services in northeast Kent County must complete the proposal document which will be available online or from AAAWM at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Questions can be directed to Anne Ellermets at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for returning the proposal to the AAAWM office is 12:00 p.m., noon, on Monday, June 2, 2014.
A proposal workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at AAAWM in Conference Room B.
Click here for proposal.
Area Agencies on Aging Association 27th Annual Conference
The Business of Aging - 27th Annual Conference
Area Agencies on Aging Association
May 15 & 16, 2014
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
MSU, East Lansing
Featuring: Community Health Director Jim Haveman, OSA Director Kari Sederburg, Senator Jason Allen, Integrated Care Organizations, Difficult Conversations, and more...
Click here for the complete program, online registration, sponsor opportunities, and continuing ed credits.
Elder Abuse Coalition Warns of New Scam
Phony DTE workers are going door to door promising energy assistance funding if the homeowner would just provide some personal information including social security numbers. DTE is not sending employees into the community offering such assistance. To read more, please refer to the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition website at - http://www.protectkentseniors.org/recent-scams#s10
Governor Snyder's FY 2015 Budget Recommendations
Governor Snyder announced his FY15 executive budget recommendations today and he is proposing funding to make Michigan a “No Wait State” for aging services!
The governor has recommended significant increases in general fund dollars for aging-related programs, including in-home services, home delivered meals, the MI Choice Waiver program and PACE expansion. In addition, he has recommended funding for elder abuse prevention.
The governor’s proposed funding is broken out by program below*:
- Home delivered meals & In-home services - $5M
- Elder abuse prevention - $1M
- PACE expansion - $5.7M (transferred from other GF accounts)
- MI Choice - $9M
*Note: These dollar amounts reflect general fund, but not necessarily gross revenue.
More information can be found at www.michigan.gov/snyder.
Senior Advocacy in Action Alert
SB 636 would allow for the discontinuation of traditional landline phone service after December 31, 2016. AAAWM is concerned that seniors who rely on their landline telephone to make phone calls in emergencies or when the power is out, to monitor their medical devices, or to provide services for individuals with low hearing will be hurt by this bill. The bill is expected to be voted on in the near future. Advocates are urged to contact their legislators in the House of Representatives and ask them to protect Michigan's vulnerable seniors by opposing SB 636.
Click here to read more information on SB 636.
Response to the Governor's State of the State
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan applauds Governor Snyder for his enthusiastic support for seniors and his recommendation to dedicate additional resources for in-home services. With more than 900 people waiting for home delivered meals and 3500 waiting for in-home services, the Governor's pledge to make Michigan a "No Wait State" for these services will make a big difference in the lives of thousands of Michigan seniors.
Office Closed Monday January 20.
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan office will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our office will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan office is closed today because of inclement weather. We expect to be open on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. If you are out on the roads today, please stay safe.
Senior Advocacy in Action Alert
A bill currently being considered in the Michigan House of Representatives, Senate Bill 636, would allow telephone service providers to discontinue traditional “land line” service in favor of investing in more modern technology, such as voice over internet protocol (VoIP) or wireless service. This bill would take effect in January 2017.
Many groups representing older adults are opposed to this bill because of the negative effect it would have on seniors who rely on their traditional landline service in cases of an emergency or when the power is out, when there is no cellular or wireless coverage, or to monitor their medical devices. Passing this bill could put the most vulnerable older adults at risk.
All seniors and advocates are asked to contact their state representative and ask them to vote “no” on SB 636.