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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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Area plan hearings coming soon
Senior Resources of West Michigan, the area agency on aging for Muskegon, Ottawa, and Oceana Counties, is holding two public hearings to listen to the comments and opinions of older adults and caregivers regarding our plans for service provision for fiscal years covering October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2019. 

The Public Hearings will include a review of the plan, including services we wish to fund, as well as an opportunity for participant input and comment:

Georgetown Senior Center, 7096 8th Avenue Jenison, MI 49428
May 5, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.
 
Tanglewood Park, 560 Seminole Rd. Muskegon, MI 49444.
May 10, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
 
Advance copies of the plan are available.   Please call 231-733-3519 or 1-800-442-0054. A copy may be picked up at the hearing or it is available for download on our website at  https://seniorresourceswmi.org/area-plan.
 
Save the Date!
Bill Saylor Memorial Open 
golf tournament  
benefiting 
Senior Resources
June 17, 2016
Chase Hammond Golf Course.



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May 2016
Join us for Older Michiganians Day May 11!
Older Michiganians Day is quickly approaching on Wednesday, May 11th in Lansing.  If you would like to attend this year, Senior Resources still has lunch tickets available and would be willing to help organize car pools.  We can even accommodate small groups.  Below is the schedule for the day: 
 
Location:      East Lawn of the State Capitol
110 S. Capitol Avenue, Lansing
 
Schedule as of April 28, 2016
10:20 am        8330 On The River Choir
10:30 am        Welcome & Purpose of the Day
Pam Curtis, President, Area Agencies on Aging Association
Pam Niebrzydowski, Chair, Michigan Senior Advocates Council
10:45 am        Advocacy with the House - Advocates visit their State Representatives and advocate for OMD Platform issues
12 noon         Seventh Inning Stretch - Coaches for the Matter of Balance program lead participants in balance exercises
12:05 pm        Responses to the Platform
Senator Goeff Hansen for Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof
Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich
Representative Kathy Crawford for House Speaker Kevin Cotter
House Minority Leader Tim Greimel
 
Presentation of the Senior Citizen of the Year Award
Richard Kline, Acting Director, Aging & Adult Services Agency
Whitney Skeans, Consumers Energy, OMD Sponsor
8330 On The River Choir
1:00 pm          Advocacy with the Senate - Advocates visit their State Senators and advocate for OMD Platform issues
1:50 pm          8330 On The River Choir & Wrap Up
 
Lunch will be served at the food tent between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm
 
You can find additional information through the Older Michiganians Day website at:   http://www.oldermichiganiansday.com/omd_2016_information
 
Please contact Pam Curtis, pam@seniorresourceswmi.org, if you are interested in attending so that we can reserve lunch tickets for you. 
 
Thank you for your continued advocacy on behalf of our region's older adults.
Info on Muskegon senior millage

 
Celebrating the Older Americans Act signing
Capitol Hill was the destination . . . of more than 125 aging advocates last week at the annual Washington D.C. policy briefing of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.  Representatives from Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the country learned from the experts about the intricacies of issues affecting older Americans.
 
But celebrating was top of mind for the advocates, with the recent three-year reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) just signed by President Obama.  It was a long six-year struggle to get the Act renewed, and at several points it appeared to be permanently stymied.  One stumbling block - the funding formula used to divvy up the $1+ billion in funding to the 50 states and 6 territories.  States with faster-growing aging populations (like North Carolina) objected to special provisions that protected slower-growing states (like Michigan).  In the end, a clever compromise allowed states like North Carolina to get more OAA funding, while limiting cuts to 1% a year or less for states like Michigan.
 
Other than the formula change, the OAA renewal mostly tweaks the last version by updating definitions, clarifying meanings, and directing the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to attend to specific Congressional priorities.  Among the noteworthy changes . . .
  • Allows the Long Term Care Ombudsman to serve all facility residents, regardless of age
  • Makes it clear that Family Caregiver Support services can be accessed by older adults caring for younger family members, both adult children with disabilities and young children they are raising.       
  • Acknowledges the importance of oral health screenings by allowing Area Agencies on Aging to use OAA monies for that purpose.
  • Directs ACL to share technical assistance and best practices for collaborations with Federally Qualified Health Centers.
 
Speaking of Congress . . . are they making progress in developing next year's federal budget?  Yes - albeit in an unconventional way.  The process usually begins with Congress developing a Budget Resolution that sets broad parameters for funding levels.  But this year, some conservatives in the House objected to an earlier deal relaxing budget caps, prompting Congressional leaders to decide to skip the Budget Resolution entirely.  Nevertheless, Appropriation Committees have jumpstarted their work and some budget bills are moving.  One budget not making as much progress is the massive Health & Human Services (HHS) spending plan, which is usually contentious.  N4A is predicting that the HHS budget will not be completed before the fiscal year begins on October 1, and a continuing resolution will be needed at least until after the election.

    
Article reprinted with permission from The Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan Associate Member News 
Senior Resources of West Michigan Inc