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A Monthly Update from Senior Resources of West Michigan  
An Area Agency on Aging Serving Muskegon, Oceana & Ottawa Counties
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Alzheimer's Research Night

A free event to learn about the latest developments in Alzheimer's research:
Thursday, Aug. 11
Tanglewood Park, Muskegon

Call 800-272-3900, or visit for more information.

Save the date!
Friday, Aug. 19, Senior Community Day at Baker College, presented by Senior Marketing Group of Muskegon

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
July 2016
Tell Congress to save MMAP!

Older adults, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers need assistance understanding the A, B, C and Ds of Medicare. Operating in every state, State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) answer questions about Medicare and help people solve problems. In Michigan, this program is known as MMAP - Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program.

Recently, the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed to eliminate SHIPs. Now, it's up to the House Appropriations Committee to decide the fate of this essential program. The House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on this July 7, so action is needed now!

Tell your members of Congress to protect SHIPs from an unprecedented cut. 

Eliminating SHIPs would leave millions who need support comparing coverage options, appealing denials, applying for financial assistance, and navigating increasingly complex Medicare benefits stranded-with nowhere to turn. 

In our three-county region, 39 counselors assisted 6,236 beneficiaries on a one-to-one basis, and 6,184 people were reached through speaking engagements and outreach events.

As 10,000 Baby Boomers age into Medicare each day, rather than defund SHIPs, Congress needs to increase SHIP funding. Write to your elected officials about why investing in unbiased, personalized Medicare counseling is important to you and your community. Click here for the link.
AgeWell offers Senior Symposium July 26
AgeWell Services is holding a Senior Symposium on protecting your identity on July 26 in Muskegon.

Featured topics include:
Protecting Your Identity and Assets by Anna Duggins, Attorney Parmenter O'Toole
Discussion regarding preservation of assets for long term care planning, and tips to prevent identify theft, including common scams to beware of.
Unique Passwords Done Right by Jeffery D Cortright, Phase 2 Identity Protection Center
In today's online environment, our personal information is everywhere. While we cannot control everyone else's strategies at protecting that information, a strong and unique password is the single greatest first step someone can take. We will help participants understand how a strong and unique password can be easier to create and store and REMEMBER, giving them the tools to take that first step in better password security. We will also briefly discuss password management systems and programs for those who might struggle with the quantity of passwords they manage.
The Psychology of a Con-Artist by Thomas Holcomb, PREVNT Elder Justice Initiative for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM)
Are you or someone you know a victim of a scam? Learn the signs of a scammer and how to prosecute. 

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Senior millage on Aug. 2 ballot in Muskegon

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