July 2019
Your monthly news & updates
The Muskegon Millage Minute is your source for regular updates on programs and services funded by the Muskegon County Senior Millage, which was approved by county voters in August of 2016.

Members of the Muskegon County Senior Activities Committee (MCSAC) make recommendations for programs and services to the full board of commissioners. MCSAC members are: Commissioners Marcia Hovey-Wright, Ken Mahoney, and Rillastine Wilkins; Sharon Ackerman, Judy Kell, Nancy McCarthy, Janet Perreault, Greg Scott, and Pat Shafer.

Senior Resources of West Michigan, the area agency on aging for Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties, is the administrator of the funds, and produces this monthly newsletter update. If you have questions about the Muskegon County Senior Millage, please contact Karla Betten at Senior Resources. 231-733-3593. Contact Lisa Tyler, communications director, at ltyler@seniorresourceswmi.org, if there is something specific you'd like to see covered in a future newsletter.
Learn more about services and programs funded by the Muskegon County Senior Millage! Friday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at Forest Park Covenant Church on Henry Street in Norton Shores.
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More than 3,700 served so far through millage-funded programs
 Older adults in every city, village and township in Muskegon County have received services through the senior millage so far in 2019 - 3,767 through June 30, 2019. Programs include transportation, nutrition education, legal help, service navigation, senior center activities, recreation and social programs, meals, dental and denture work, health education and promotion, and much more!

Learn more about the services and programs offered by coming to the Open House on September 13 (see above) - and see how YOU can benefit!
Your senior millage dollars at work!
One of the programs supported by the Muskegon County Senior Millage is the LIVESTRONG with the YMCA program for cancer survivors. The Muskegon YMCA helps senior survivors reclaim their health after diagnosis and treatment.

The LIVESTRONG with the YMCA program provides survivors with individualized attention and an approach to recovery that targets the areas they need to rebuild. Whether it's strength, balance, self-image, or flexibility the specially trained staff is able to give participants the exercises they need to regain their health. 
LIVESTRONG with the Y helps cancer survivors reclaim health

Feedback from senior survivors:

"Therapy through exercise...What a great concept! Cancer takes so much from one’s body... gaining some control back is such a triumph! Having the coaches there to guide, instruct, push, was amazing. Some days when I would go from having my chemotherapy to the class and I would feel like I just couldn't do it. That always seemed to be the day I would end up working the hardest and feeling the best. At the end of the day, every moment is a blessing and I was so blessed to have found Livestrong."

–Jackie, Senior Survivor 

"LIVESTRONG with the YMCA offered by the Muskegon Y was an unexpected gift after a summer dealing with melanoma, depression and little energy due to chemo. Friend Joyce said "go see Melissa at the Y". My first question was "where's the Y?" My second question was when does the next class begin? From the first session I felt a sense of belonging, new strength and encouragement. Coaches Melissa and Amy kept things moving and individualized. I loved coming to the gym for the first time in my 72 years. The miracle is that I still love going to the gym. And I am back doing the things I enjoy, gardening, beaching, hiking, biking."

--Sharon, Senior Survivor
Congregate Meal
(Above) Older adults enjoy a meal together at a meal site in North Muskegon, offered by AgeWell Services through the Muskegon County Senior Millage.