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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Family Caregiver Classes Offered
Free caregiver classes are offered Fridays from 1-2:30 p.m. at Tanglewood Park. Respite is available - call 231-739-5858.

Classes will provide caregivers information on:
* managing demands of caregiving
* providing personal care
* home safety
* managing medications
* advance directives
* caring for someone on bed rest
* coping with dementia
* respite
* Alzheimer's Disease
* nutrition

For more information, call Virginia at 231-733-3531, or Robbi at 231-733-3567.


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.
June 2017
  Senior Community Day Aug. 4

Senior Community Day, sponsored by the Senior Marketing Group of Greater Muskegon, is Friday, August 4, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Baker College.

For details of the day's activities, and to register, click here.

Provider Conference Aug. 25, 2017

"Recognizing and Addressing Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults," presented by the Tri-County Protection Team, is set for Friday, Aug. 25, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Muskegon Community College.

Each day, aging adults are faced with social and psychological challenges as a result of isolation and loneliness, leaving them more vulnerable to financial fraud, abuse, hoarding disorder, depression and even suicide. National speaker Dr. Patrick Arbore, Ed.D., the founder of the Institute on Aging located in San Francisco, California is the featured speaker.

This important forum is for Social Workers, Nurses, Practitioners, Law Enforcement Officers and professionals working with and for the older population. 3 credit hours of Social Work CEUs, SCECHs and MCOLES are available.  Cost: $30 with CEUs and $25 without. To register:, or call Kara Zielinski, 231-559-0476.

Learn more about impact on older adults with potential Medicaid cuts
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) has shared an update clarifying "Medicaid cuts" in the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that the Senate is considering:

Several n4a members have reached out requesting clarification about one of the unfortunate, but seemingly persistent, misconceptions about the House and Senate proposals to restructure Medicaid. A key talking point for lawmakers promoting a per-capita cap for federal Medicaid funding to states is that there are "No Cuts to Medicaid" in the proposal and/or that the House and Senate bills would "increase" Medicaid funding. This is a gross misconception and/or deliberate inaccuracy about what would happen to future Medicaid funding under both the House and Senate proposals, and we want to ensure that if you are having to respond to this push back, you are prepared to answer substantively and accurately about the scope of the harm that both health care reform bills would do to Medicaid.

How do the House and Senate Medicaid reform proposals cut Medicaid? While neither proposal directly cuts current funding for Medicaid (the initial basis for claims that there are no Medicaid cuts), and each proposal does include increasing year-over-year funding for the program, both proposals would significantly decrease/cut future federal funding for Medicaid because neither proposal grows funding enough to account for health care cost or population increases (especially among the older adult population). 

As a result, total federal funding for Medicaid would shrink by 25-35 percent over the next 10 to 20 years. We are especially worried about what this would mean for state Medicaid waiver programs that enable older adults and  persons with disabilities to live independently in their homes and communities. We have heard from several states that if the federal share toward Medicaid declines year-over-year, as we would expect it to do under both the House and Senate proposals, states would be forced to cut optional services first, such as Home and Community Based Services waiver programs, to make up for a growing gap between state Medicaid costs and federal Medicaid contributions under a per-capita cap structure. 

To learn more, click here to view n4a's webinar about the proposed cuts, and the Senate's overall health care bill. The video is about 30 minutes in length; if you'd like to see the Medicaid 101 section, it's at about minutes 1-4; at minute 12:17, more details about potential reductions are shared.

Thanks to n4a for sharing this information.

Senior Resources of West Michigan Inc