May 11, 2016 – Older Michiganians Day

OMD 2016 Flyer-edited 2-2

May 11, 2016
Sponsored by Area Agencies on Aging & Aging Network Partners
“A Voice for Michigan’s Aging”
Older Michiganians Day (OMD) is an
annual FREE event that draws hundreds of
older adults from across Michigan, united in
their passion for issues impacting older
Michigan residents.
Join us, in this day of advocacy and
This is a unique opportunity to give a voice to
your thoughts and ideas on state public policies
aimed at helping older adults live their lives
fully, with independence and dignity

OMD is a FREE event!
Pre-registration is required to:
◊ Receive a ticket for a complimentary boxed lunch
◊ Get information on available transportation to
catch a ride to Lansing
◊ Have meetings scheduled for you with your
State Senator and State House of Representative member
When you pre-register for the event, you will be asked to provide
your name and address

To Register: Call 616-222-7042 or email Please report
the following information:
1. Your name
2. Your address
3. Your phone number and email address
4. Whether you will be riding the bus or driving

Friday, March 18, 2016 Membership Meeting

Membership Meeting
Friday, March 18, 2016
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: Maureen Slade, President
Strategy Group Report
Legislative Presentation
Senator Dave Hildenbrand (R) 29th District
Before running for Senate, Hildenbrand served as a state
representative, chief of staff for Senator Bill Hardiman, deputy chief
of staff for Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus and as an agriculture
policy advisor for Governor John Engler. Dave has a Bachelor of
Science in Public Resource Management from Michigan State
University. An avid outdoorsman, Dave loves to hunt, fish, camp,
and experience Michigan’s beautiful natural resources.
Senator Hildenbrand serves as chair of the powerful Senate
Appropriations committee.
Program Presentation: Dementia 101
Joy Spahn, Regional Director for Alzheimer’s Association
Julie Alicki, Community Living Program Consultant for Area
Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
People with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia suffer from a
progressive brain disorder that makes it increasingly difficult for
them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others
and eventually take care of themselves. Understanding how
dementia impacts a person helps us understand better ways of
communicating and interacting with them.

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.


Are you being admitted or observed?

How do you know if you are truly admitted to a hospital?

This sounds like a dumb question, but not knowing the answer can cost you a great deal of money if you are a Medicare recipient. A person can be admitted on an inpatient basis which is what is assumed by most of us – or a person can be admitted on an observation basis. The statuses look the same on the surface in that patients in both categories may stay for many days receiving medical and nursing care and tests and treatment.

A person’s hospital admission status is determined by the admitting physician. In many cases it will be observation, rather than inpatient, to get a sense of how the patient is doing and to protect the hospital against being financially penalized by Medicare for unnecessary admissions and readmissions. For example, if persons who were originally in the hospital under observation are readmitted to the hospital, they are not counted as readmissions. In recent years the number of patients many hospitals admit and retain under observation has more than doubled.

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