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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Senior Advocates Coalition meeting canceled for June

The Senior Advocates Coalition meeting that was scheduled for June 10 has been canceled. 

The group will meet next on Monday, Sept. 9, from 1:30-3 p.m. at Tanglewood Park, with Congressional aides.

New Care Connections Video 

Senior Resources of West Michigan's Care Connections program has a new video to explain the private pay companion care program. 

To view the 5-minute video, click here.
Dementia Friends sessions

People with dementia sometimes need help going about their daily lives and to feel included in their communities. Dementia Friends works to give people an understanding of dementia, and the small things they can do to make a difference. 

There are monthly Dementia Friends sessions offered in Muskegon, at Tanglewood Park, 560 Seminole Road, Norton Shores:
  • July 15, 1-2 p.m.
  • August 13, 3-4 p.m.
  • September 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • October 17, 9-10 a.m.
  • November 18, 1-2 p.m.
  • December 10, 3-4 p.m.
You can register for these, or future sessions:  https://www.eventbrite.com/d/mi--muskegon/dementia-friends/. 

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.
June 2019
Senior Resources gets recognition  for quality scores, CARF re-accreditation

Senior Resources was recently recognized by both the State of Michigan and CARF International, for high achievement.

The MI Choice Waiver program is implemented by 20 different agencies across the state, including Senior Resources of West Michigan.

Annually, the agencies are ranked based on five specific areas. The five areas include: 
  • Accurate encounter data submission, Significant Support Participants
  • Acuity of Participants
  • Quality Assurance Score
  • Timely Reporting
We are proud to announce based on the fiscal year 2018 ranking, Senior Resources is ranked 3rd in the state.  

Senior Resources also received word that CARF Accreditation has been approved for another three years.

CARF  International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. CARF accreditation signals a service provider's commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.

"Thanks to all our staff for their input, work on committees, for embracing the mindset to provide quality services, and for carrying out policies and procedures in the work they do," CEO Pam Curtis said. "I am so incredibly proud of this organization."

Senior Resources represents
at Older Michiganians Day

Older Michiganians Day was May 15 at the state Capitol lawn in Lansing. Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties were well represented with 68 Senior Corps members (Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions), as well as several Senior Resources staff and volunteers. A number of area lawmakers took time to meet with our group.
 
"Advocacy is such an important role" for area agencies on aging, Senior Resources CEO Pam Curtis said. "There is something about standing among other advocates, talking about the same issues. I appreciated talking with our legislators and their staffs. It forges better relationships."


Senior Resources staff members Pam Curtis, Virginia Vazquez, Brian Bailey, Sierra Johnson, Lisa Tyler and Kescha Covington (back row) with volunteer Susan Thorpe from the Alzheimer's Association (front) attended Older Michiganians Day, along with more than 60 Senior Corps volunteers.


Staff members talk with Muskegon Rep. Terry Sabo.
Senior Resources of West Michigan Inc