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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October is National Cyber Security Month

The  Eldercare Locator 's "Protect Your Pocketbook" brochure provides strategies and resources to help older adults prevent or reduce the risk of financial exploitation. 
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Congress preserves funding for programs for older adults

Congress has passed, and President Trump has signed, a FY19 spending bill that  preserves many of the increases for Older Americans Act and other aging programs that were secured in FY 2018, provides modest increases for nutrition programs, and preserves funding for the Corporation for National and Community Services which had been identified for elimination in the Administration's budget.  
This effort marks the first time in many years that Congress has finalized funding for these programs before the October 1 beginning of the fiscal year.  

Disasters hit older adults especially hard

When natural disasters occur, older adults are often the most affected. And while recovery begins immediately for many, older adults tend to take the longest time to recover. It is for this reason that n4a's Disaster Relief Fund exists-to provide Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs with vital support to help build and sustain their efforts to support seniors in their communities as they recover from hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters.

Donate to the n4a Disaster Relief Fund to help ensure local agencies have the resources to help communities impacted by Hurricane Florence:

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. In Oceana: 231-559-0331.
October 2018
Senior Resources CEO named Athena Award finalist

CEO Pam Curtis is flanked by her parents, Richard and Florence VanHaver, and Senior Resources CFO Steve Canum (right)  at the Athena award luncheon Oct. 2, 2018.

Senior Resources CEO Pam Curtis was a nominee for the Athena on the Lakeshore Award. The Athena on the Lakeshore award program promotes women's leadership and honors outstanding individuals.

Nominees for the prestigious award must meet demanding criteria:  demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; assist women in reaching their full potential; devote time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community; exhibit the spirit of regional collaboration; live or work in North Ottawa or Muskegon County.

The 2018 recipient was Mary Boyd, chief integration officer for Trinity Health Michigan. She is a former board member of LifeCircles PACE, among other organizations.

The Athena on the Lakeshore is a program of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg.

Tanglewood Park celebrates 10 years!

Tanglewood Park is 10 years old, and we invite you to celebrate with us!

Please join us Thursday, Oct. 11, from 4-6 p.m., at 560 Seminole Road, Norton Shores. We'll have a brief program at 4:45, with remarks from Larry Hines, who chaired the capital campaign, as well as Pam Curtis, CEO of Senior Resources; Luke Reynolds, director of Life Circles PACE; and Kris Collee, director of AgeWell Services.

Voter registration deadline approaching

October 9 is the deadline to register to vote in the November 6, 2018, statewide election.

To register to vote, you must be all of the following:
  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day
  • A resident of Michigan
  • A resident of the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.
If you want to check to see if you are registered, visit There you will find information about registering to vote and voting, voting equipment, polling place locations, state and local ballots, the candidates, campaign finance and more. Your local clerk can help with questions about your voter registration, polling place location and working at the polls.  You may also request an absentee ballot.  

A registered voter may obtain an absent voter ballot if they are:
  • age 60 years old or older
  • unable to vote without assistance at the polls
  • expecting to be out of town on election day
  • in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
  • appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
For more information about registering to vote or obtaining an absentee ballot, visit  

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