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Are you concerned about issues of importance to seniors in Michigan? Then, you will want to make plans to attend Older Michiganians Day (OMD) on Wednesday, May 16 in Lansing.

Thousands of seniors from all over Michigan and more than 180 advocates representing the six counties (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, and Washtenaw) that AAA 1-B serves will be there. The theme of this year’s event is “Engage at Every Age.”

There are four main areas that will be the focus of the day:

  • Preserve and protect the MI Choice program. Over 15,000 older adults and adults with disabilities who need nursing facility level of care to remain living independently in their homes make use of this program.
  • Support the AASA in-home services with continued support of the Silver Key Coalition. An increase in financial assistance for this initiative will help reduce waiting lists for in-home services.
  • Support the care workforce with policies that recruit, train and require livable wages for workers. (Note: Across the state, direct care workers have a median income of $10,000 and nearly 30% live below the federal poverty level.)
  • Prevent elder abuse with ongoing support of prevention programs and policies. More than 125,000 older Michiganians are victims of abuse each year, and it is estimated that only 10% of these cases are reported.

You can also join the rally on the East Lawn of the Capitol Building, hear keynote speakers, and meet with your legislators. You might also check out how senior advocates want to continue to back policies that support family caregivers, create affordable housing and transportation options, develop a Michigan Dementia Plan, expand Telehealth benefits, and grow Age Friendly Communities in our state.

There’s no need to wait till next year—join everyone at Older Michiganians Day. This event takes place annually and is supported by AAA 1-B, AARP Michigan, the Alzheimer’s Association, Senior Volunteer Programs of Michigan, Michigan Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, Michigan Directors of Services to the Aging, Michigan Senior Advocates Council and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

For more details about OMD, visit www.oldermichiganiansday.com.

Advocating for seniors is one of the key roles of AAA 1-B and we do this work all year-round. If you’d like to learn more about becoming part of the Senior Advocacy Network (SAN), visit or call (248) 262-9232.

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