Senior Advocates Membership Meeting
Friday, Feburary 16, 2018
Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
1000 E. Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI
9:00 am – Strategy Groups
10:00 am – General Meeting
Call to Order and Announcements: Tom Appel, President
Strategy Group Report
Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (26 – R)
Senator Schuitmaker was first elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010, following three terms in the House of Representatives. Tonya serves on the Senate Appropriations committee as chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and as a member of the Capital Outlay, Community Colleges, and Judiciary subcommittees. She also serves as vice-chair of the Judiciary committee and as a member of the Energy and Technology committee.
Alison E. Hirschel, Director
Michigan Elder Justice Initiative
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and The Alternatives
Guardianship is often considered a simple and necessary way to protect vulnerable individuals. The process can also trample individual rights, allow overworked professional guardians with limited oversight and no required qualifications to control lives, and ultimately harm the very people it is supposed to protect. This session will explore alternatives to guardianship, appropriate use of guardianship, pitfalls of our current system, and necessary reforms to protect the rights, dignity, and well-being of older adults.
March 16, 2018
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Advocates for Senior Issues
is a non-partisan association made up of local citizens and organizations interested in the concerns and well-being of older adults, as well as issues that concern our community, our safety, and our happiness. We hope to inform our members and educate our legislators to effect local, state, and federal legislation concerning seniors.
The group meets regularly to:
Meetings include legislators who speak on current events and answer questions from the group. Experts from many professions are also invited to keep members informed on life changes, new ideas, and the best ways to get things done.
Advocates for Senior Issues members advocate for local community issues as well as state and federal issues. There are presently three active Strategy Groups that are working on Elder Abuse, Health Care, and Long Term Care issues.
Members from their 20’s to their 90’s always find something interesting at meetings. It’s a good place to connect with others of like interests!