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.

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
November 2016
Faster disability decisions for veterans
This week, the Social Security Administration announced the launch of a new Health IT initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that enables all Social Security disability case processing sites to receive medical records electronically from all VA facilities. Veterans will receive a faster decision on their Social Security disability claim, speeding them and their dependents through this new process. Both agencies will save time and money with an automatic request through the eHealth Exchange.

On Veteran's Day, November 11, the eHealth Exchange will go live, nationally, to all Social Security disability case processing sites.

Social Security requests nearly 15 million medical records annually from healthcare providers and organizations to make medical decisions on about three million disability claims. Medical documentation is essential to make a disability determination. This new national initiative puts in place an automated process to obtain medical records electronically without human intervention.

"Currently, when eligible Veterans apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits the average wait time for Social Security to receive paper records from VA can take months; this partnership allows Social Security and VA to share the Veteran's health information electronically in minutes," said Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

To learn more about Health IT, please visit .

Social Security offers two other programs to expedite disability claims filed by veterans. Wounded Warriors and veterans with a VA disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total have their Social Security disability claims treated as high priority and receive expedited decisions. For more information about these programs, please visit 

Senior Advocates Coalition Nov. 14
The next meeting of the Senior Advocates Coalition for Muskegon, Ottawa, and Oceana counties will be held:
Monday, November 14, 2016
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Senior Resources at Tanglewood Park
560 Seminole Road - Muskegon
Board/Training Room
We will be meeting with our State Legislators. For the full agenda, click here.   

Medicare Open Enrollment
In the first 11 days of open enrollment for Medicare, the Senior Resources Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) atvolunteers fielded 784 calls.  

The volunteers also provided 153 face-to-face counseling sessions in the first three weeks and helped the consumers they counseled save over $121,000.  
Senior Resources of West Michigan Inc