Reinventing Mi Retirement

You are invited to attend Reinventing Mi Retirement: achieving financial security to last a lifetime.

Monday, October 20, 2014
8:30 – 2:00 pm
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI

Reinventing Mi Retirement is a free event filled with useful resources, tools, and presentations on both pre and post retirement topics.  The event include a series of special guest speakers, informative workshops, confidential 1-on-1 financial checkups, complimentary breakfast and lunch, resource fair information booths, and all participants will receive a 100 page Reinventing Mi Retirement Toolkit of resources.  Everything provided at no cost to you.

This event is intended for Michigan consumers, ages 50 and greater, who are themselves approaching retirement, recently retired, or have been retired for years.  This event is also perfect for those individuals who have responsibility for the financial affairs of an elderly loved one.

For more information and to register, visit

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Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition

Advocates for Senior Issues’ former Elder Abuse strategy group contributed to the formation of the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition.

The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition is a large group of agencies representing non-profit, profit, and government organizations.  They are dedicated to the elimination of elder abuse in Kent County, Michigan and surrounding areas. The Coalition’s mission is, “Working together to identify, advocate, educate, and seek justice for vulnerable adult abuse in Kent County”.  They are comprised of individuals from the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office, state and local law enforcement, Kent County Probate Court, Adult Protective Services, local ombudsman from Adult Well-Being Services, Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, Kent County Health Department, Life EMS, local hospitals, local financial institutions, elder law attorneys, Advocates for Senior Issues, Senior Neighbors, and the YWCA.

The Coalition meets monthly to discuss current elder and vulnerable adult abuse cases in Kent County.  They also provide seminars and trainings on elder abuse and financial exploitation.  To learn more about scheduling a presentation please contact .

Elder Abuse Coalition website


Kent County Senior Millage – Approved!

Thank you to Kent County voters for passing the Kent County Senior Millage during the August 5, 2014 election.

The renewal and increase will help address the needs of our growing older adult population. Funds will allow additional seniors to receive services and will help attack growing waiting lists for services like meals, transportation and in-home care. For more information on the Kent County Senior Millage, visit


Grand Rapids Township Transportation Project

The Advocates for Senior Issues, in partnership with Disability Advocates of Kent County, is working to create a connector bus route from the Meijer store at Knapp’s Corner to the many businesses on this 2.5 mile stretch of the East Beltline.  This bus route will run between Bradford St. and 3 Mile, creating greater accessibility to health services, childcare, restaurants, and cultural attractions.  The pilot will initially run Monday through Friday from 7am until 6pm.

Click on this link to view the official proposal for the transportation route: East Beltline Transit Expansion Pilot Program

If you would like more information about the pilot or would like to become involved, please contact Tom Appel at


Increased Funding for Seniors, FY 2015

Congratulations Advocates! Michigan’s Seniors Remain a FY 15 Budget Priority!

On June 9, 2014 with a 5-0 vote the Michigan Department of Community Health (DCH) Budget Conference Committee tasked with determining FY 2015 funding levels released their conference report. SB 763 CR-1, which still requires passage by the full House and Senate contains great news for Michigan’s seniors. With grassroots advocacy from the Silver Key Coalition, support from Governor Rick Snyder and the leadership of Office of Services to the Aging Director Kari Sederburg, Michigan moves one massive step closer to becoming a no wait state for Michigan’s seniors!

The DCH Committee Report concurred with the budget recommendations of Governor Snyder which include a $5 million increase for Home and Community Based Services supported by the Office of Services to the Aging. These services include home-delivered meals, personal care, homemaking, respite, chore/minor home repair, care management, medication management and personal emergency response systems.

This increase will have major impacts on Michigan’s chronic waitlist issues which currently see nearly 4,500 seniors waiting for these key services that help them maintain their independence and enable aging-in-place instead of in more costly institutional alternatives.

Also seeing increased funding: a $5 million investment in PACE (Program for the All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly), a $1 million investment in elder abuse prevention, and a $9 million investment in the Mi-Choice Waiver program totaling $26 million when paired with matching federal funds.

Final approval is still needed by the full House and Senate and a vote is expected before the legislature adjourns for summer recess on June 12.

A special thank you goes out to all those who advocated for Michigan’s seniors. With final passage, please consider reaching out to your members of the legislature to thank them for their commitment to Michigan’s seniors.