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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Did you know?

6,368 people in Muskegon, Ottawa and Oceana counties will turn 65 in 2018. 

If you're one of them, happy birthday to you!

(Source: MMAP Central)


MMAP volunteers help save $330,955!

Through December 7, MMAP volunteers and staff saved 1,646 people $330,955 through changes made during open enrollment.

MMAP volunteers and staff provided 1,116 hours of counseling during the open enrollment period.

Speak up! Anytime day or night. Report abuse and neglect.

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.
January 2018
Living well with dementia
Did you know that 1 in 10 older adults live with dementia and more than 60% of them live in the community? To raise awareness about the local community services and supports available to people living with dementia, we are proud to support the 2017 Eldercare Locator's Home for the Holidays campaign, led by n4a (National Association of Area Agencies on Aging) in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association and Dementia Friendly America.

Contact us at 231-733-3585 to learn about the programs and services we offer locally and how you can get involved! 

Financial crimes against seniors bill vote coming; federal budget continuing resolution passed

In Lansing... The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee had been poised on Dec. 7 to take up two bills that would address financial crimes against seniors.  House Bills 4885 and 4886, sponsored by Rep. Peter Lucido (R-36th District - Shelby Township) would amend the Michigan Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure acts, respectively, to increase the maximum monetary penalties and sentencing guidelines for financial crimes against vulnerable adults.  
According to the National Adult Protective Services Association, financial exploitation is a fast-growing form of abuse of seniors and adults with disabilities.  Recent research has found that elder financial exploitation is widespread, expensive, and even deadly.
  • One in nine seniors reported being abused, neglected or exploited in the past twelve months; the rate of financial exploitation is extremely high, with 1 in 20 older adults indicating some form of perceived financial mistreatment occurring in the recent past
  • Elder abuse is vastly under-reported; only one in 44 cases of financial abuse is ever reported
  • Abused seniors are three times more likely to die and elder abuse victims are four times more likely to go into a nursing home
  • 90% of abusers are family members or trusted others
  • Almost one in ten financial abuse victims will turn to Medicaid as a direct result of their own monies being stolen from them
  • Cognitive impairment and the need for help with activities of daily living make victims more vulnerable to financial abuse
The legislature is out for the holidays but will resume session the second week in January.  Stay tuned for news of when the bills will be scheduled again for a hearing.
In Washington...To  avoid a government shutdown and give itself more time to ponder the overall FY 2018 funding levels for all discretionary programs, Congress has passed another continuing budget resolution through January 19. 
Generally, at the end of the year legislation, such as the continuing budget resolution, that must be passed becomes a "Christmas tree," with many unrelated provisions attached to it.  This year such items include a health insurance market stabilization package and MIPPA funding for low-income outreach and enrollment. Because the debate over tax cuts consumed so much time and effort in recently. Congress opted to pass only the continuing resolution and not add any other provisions to the legislation.
Since the Democrats and most Republicans want to raise the discretionary spending caps in current law, Congress is expected to override the Budget Control Act of 2011 to provide more funding for distribution. After that action is taken, it is expected that there will be another continuing resolution to provide additional time for Congress to determine specific funding levels, making it late February before the FY 2018 budget cycle is closed out.
Aging advocates are encouraged to urge Congress to raise the arbitrary spending caps in the Budget Control Act, to support the Older Americans Act Title III B Supportive Services increase called for in the House spending bill (a $14 million boost), and to continue funding for SHIP as provide in the Senate version (vs. the House's elimination of the program).   Please contact your legislators as soon as Congress reconvenes on January 3, 2018.

Reprinted with permission of Area Agencies on Aging Association in Michigan.
Senior Resources of West Michigan Inc