Sixty Seconds Newsletter 
A Monthly Update from Senior Resources of West Michigan  
An Area Agency on Aging Serving Muskegon, Oceana & Ottawa counties
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Let Your Voice Be Heard

Senior Resources, the area agency on aging for Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties, is holding a public hearing to listen to comments and opinions of older adults and caregivers regarding our plans for service provision for the 2019 fiscal year, Oct. 1, 2018-Sept. 30, 2019.

The hearing will be held at Tanglewood Park, 560 Seminole Road, Muskegon, on April 25 at 10 a.m.

Advance copies of the plan are available; call 231-733-3519, or 1-800-442-0054. A copy is also available on our website: 
www.seniorresourceswmi.org, and click on the Publications page, under Area Plan.


Title IIIB advocacy
Congress recently approved an increase in Title IIIB funding for the current fiscal year, but advocacy is still important!

There are more than 25 authorized services that local agencies can fund through Title III B; the most common services are information and referral, case management, in-home care, transportation, adult day care, chore services and legal services. Title III B services are a lifeline for older adults living in the community. 

For more information, visit  https://www.ihearttitle3b.com/. 


Speak up! Anytime day or night. Report abuse and neglect.
855-444-3911

Senior Resources' Elder Care Specialists are available to assist with Options for Long Term Care
Call: 231-733-3585
or Toll Free:  1-800-442-0054. In Oceana - 231-559-0331.
April 2018
Senior Millage funding available in Muskegon

Senior Resources, administrator of the Muskegon County senior millage, is seeking proposals to provide services and activities for older adults. 

Funding is available to organizations which provide services to persons 60 years of age and older within the service area of Muskegon County. Interested parties may obtain specifics to submit a proposal, service and activity standards at: www.seniorresourceswmi.org/muskegon-county-senior-millage .

Proposals may be written for a variety of services and activities for older adults, including, but not limited to access services, general services, nutritional services, supportive services, and wellness and fitness, recreational and social activities. Submitted Proposals must not be in competition for already existing millage funding services.

All proposals will be considered; however, Senior Resources is specifically seeking proposals for
Service Navigation (see service standard) and community events aimed towards large groups of adults 60 years or older.
 
Requests for proposals are due no later than May 18, 2018 by 3 p.m. Organizations planning to apply must send at least one representative to a proposal workshop on April 18, 2018.

Save the Date - Older Michiganians Day 

Older Michiganians Day is Wednesday, May 16, 2018. This annual FREE event brings together hundreds of older adults, service providers, and senior advocates, with an opportunity to share a unified voice with elected officials. This year's theme is "Engage at Every Age."

The platform for legislative action includes: 
  • improving access to the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver program; 
  • addressing the shortage of direct care workers who provide long-term care to Michigan seniors;
  • supporting the Silver Key Coalition's request for a $3 million funding increase to reduce wait lists for in-home services; and
  • supporting adequate funding for elder abuse prevention programs.

The event includes a free lunch. If you're interested in attending, contact Lisa Tyler at Senior Resources, ltyler@seniorresourceswmi.org, or call 231-733-3509. Transportation may be available.

Senior Resources of West Michigan Inc