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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At our recent Senior Advocates Coalition, we learned that there are "gag clauses" that stop pharmacists from telling customers that they could pay less for their prescription if they pay out of pocket.

The Senate recently unanimously passed a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the Know the Lowest Price Act (S. 2553). This bill cracks down on the gag clauses.

The bill had numerous bi-partisan co-sponsors. The Know the Lowest Price Act prohibits Medicare Part D Plans from restricting a pharmacy's ability to provide drug price information when there is a difference between the cost of the drug under the plan and the cost of the drug when purchased without insurance.

The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives. In the meantime, Senate staffers recommend asking a pharmacist if there is a lower price. They are allowed to answer, if asked the question directly.

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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.
September 2018
Active Daily Living site offers personalized advice to enhance health and aging in place

Are you looking for practical information about independent living and aging in place, in the comfort of home?  For yourself or a loved one?  Then you should know about Active Daily Living (ADL).  This new, online suite of services is brought to you by Senior Resources of West Michigan, your area agency on aging.

ADL offers FREE, one-stop shopping for information on managing daily activities, dealing with health issues, navigating the complex health system, and much more. 
  • ADL gives family members and caregivers a place to turn for practical answers regarding a loved one's care, but also guidance to reduce the stress and uncertainly that accompanies caregiving.
  • Find no-cost and low-cost tips on everything from hygiene and fall prevention to cooking and driving.
  • Inform yourself, or your loved one, by receiving a monthly Caregiver Newsletter and a Senior Health Newsletter with topics such as how to care for a loved one, to specifics on health conditions and medication management.
  • Access a Caregiver Library with hundreds of searchable articles that speak to the caregiver and senior's most pressing issues.
Sign up for free today: 

Are you registered to vote? 

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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