Long Term Care Strategy Group

Chairperson: Ann Thomas

The Long-Term Care Strategy Group works in response to its mission statement: To improve the lives of seniors by advocating for long-term care such as Medicaid funding for senior programs and in-home services, and improved access to physicians and dentists.  The group is currently focused on the following issues:

  • Increasing State funding for transitioning seniors from expensive nursing homes into cost-effective community-based homes and for keeping seniors in their own homes.  Savings to the State in Medicaid funding is well over $70 million.
  • Increasing funding for home-delivered meals to offset 28% cuts over the last three years.
  • Expanding Medicaid in Michigan.
  • Delaying cuts in Medicare reimbursement to physicians in an effort to assure accessibility to primary care for seniors.
  • Promoting good oral care for seniors through our brochure Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body.
  • Supporting funding for early detection of Alzheimer’s.
  • Working to improve communication between hospital discharge personnel and home health care agencies.
  • Educating seniors about hospitals’ practice of observing, rather than admitting, patients resulting in patients not being qualified for Medicare coverage if follow-up nursing or rehabilitation care is needed.

To contact the Long Term Care Strategy Group or to become involved, please contact Ann Thomas at athomas6300@gmail.com.

Health Care Strategy Group

Chairpersons: Dr. Robert Levine and Stanley Roth

The Health Care strategy group supports single payer healthcare as a way to cover all Americans at the lowest cost. Our strategy group has developed basic principles that we believe need to be a part of necessary national health care reform, as this issue cuts across all segments of society and worsens daily. Continued inaction deprives our citizens of a viable health care system and undermines the health and welfare of our society.

Our strategy group is available to make presentations to others seeking to become more informed about this issue and to join with allies in reaching the goal of universal health care for all.

We consider this a moral issue as well as an economic necessity for the prosperity of our people.

The Health Care Strategy Group meets before each of the AFSI monthly meetings from 9:00am to 10:00am.

We recommend the following web sites:

  • Rethink Healthy, a part of Aligning Forces for Quality, seeks to improve health and health care in West Michigan bringing together those who get care, pay for care and deliver care together to take giant steps toward improving health care. (www.rethinkhealthy.org)
  • National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (www.ncpssm.org)
  • Choosing Wisely® aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:
    • Supported by evidence
    • Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
    • Free from harm
    • Truly necessary
    • (www.choosingwisely.com)

To contact the Health Care Strategy Group or to get involved, please contact Lisa Ellens at lisae@aaawm.org.

Sponsor Day and Candidate Forum – September 19, 2014 – 9:00 am

Advocates for Senior Issues Sponsor Day and Candidate Forum
Friday, September 19, 2014
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline Ave, Grand Rapids, MI

9:00 am – SPONSOR DAY:

Visit our wonderful sponsors to learn about their products and services.  Individuals who visit every table will have a chance to win an exciting door prize!


After our regular welcome and announcements, the candidates from Michigan Senate Districts 28 and 29 will be invited to speak and answer questions about issues that are important to seniors.  The following candidates have been invited to participate:

District 28 – Deb Havens (D-Grand Rapids) and Rep. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford)
District 29 – Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-Grand Rapids) and Lance Penny (D-East Grand Rapids)

Please download the flyer for more details, and help AFSI promote this exciting meeting by posting and distributing the flyer, and bringing a friend to the meeting!  Members and guests of all ages and interests are most welcome to attend.

AFSI Candidate Forum 2014 Flyer

See you there!

Regular Meeting Schedule

Advocates for Senior Issues meets the third Friday of the month, every month except July, August, and December.  Most meetings are held at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, located at 1000 East Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.  Twice a year meetings are held in an alternate locations throughout the community.

Regular monthly meetings run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to have lunch in the Gardens Café immediately following the meeting, and members and first-time guests will be provided with a lunch voucher and free entrance to the Gardens.

The agenda for each meeting varies, but always includes a presentation by an elected official or other speaker about a legislative topic, and a presentation on another topic that relates to seniors.  The agenda for each meeting will be uploaded here approximately one week before each meeting.  If you are a member, you will also receive the agenda by email or by regular mail.