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Annual Rally Gives Michigan Seniors a Voice

Decisions made in Lansing have a direct and far-reaching impact on the quality of life for seniors in Michigan. Each year, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B participates in the Older Michiganian’s Day Rally held on the lawn of the Capitol Building. This very important annual advocacy event helps give seniors a voice and help legislators understand both the needs and the voting power of seniors.


Senior Action Week 2021

We could not get together in person this year, but we  planned a week full of activities, events and advocacy that let advocates understand and lend their support to issues of importance for older adults in Michigan. Watch some of the week’s videos below and read the legislative platform to find out more about the issues and how you get involved.

Watch the video from the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan

Learn about the positive impact that Michigan’s Area Agencies on Aging have on the lives of older adults and people with disabilities, and hear more about the Older Michiganians Day platform.

 

Watch the AAA 1-B Advocacy Townhall

Four Michigan legislators share their thoughts on senior services and issues with Katie Wendel, AAA 1-B senior manager of Advocacy, and our audience. Recorded on Zoom, May 14, 2021.

AAA 1-B Advocacy Virtual Town Hall from Area Agency on Aging 1-B on Vimeo.


Read the Platform!

Read the full 2021 Older Michiganians Day Platform or see platform highlights below:

 

Older Michiganians Day Icon for Rebalancing Long Term Care Supports

Priority: Rebalance community-based long-term services and support (LTSS) funding

Action: Appropriate funds to rebalance Medicaid LTSS funding in Michigan to achieve a goal of at least 50% going to home and community-based services.

 

Older Michiganians Day Icon for Home and Community Based ServicesPriority: Increase action to home and community-based services

Action: Support the Silver Key’s Coalition’s request for a $6.375 million increase for AASA in-home services and a $1 million increase for home-delivered meals.

 

Older Michiganians Day Icon for Digital Divide

Priority:  Bridging the digital divide for older adults.

Action: Ensure infrastructure is in place by expanding access to affordable, reliable high-speed Internet. Provide funding for educational programs for older adults.

 

Older Michiganians Icon for Strengthening Caregiver Workforce

Priority: Support and strengthen the caregiver workforce.

Action: Support the governor’s request to make the $2 per hour increase for direct care workers permanent. Support policies that provide quality training, increased career opportunities and higher quality of life for caregivers.

 

Older Michiganians Day Kinship Caregiver Icon

Priority: Establishment of a kinship care navigator program

Action: Ask the legislature to revisit the establishment of a kinship care navigator program to help kinship caregivers obtain resources and training.


Get involved beyond Senior Action Week

There are many other opportunities for older adults and senior advocates to make an impact:

  • Join our Senior Advocacy Network  
    Our network is made up of individuals and organizations that are committed to following public policy issues that affect older adults and speaking out on the behalf of seniors. SAN offers different ways to get involved depending on your interests and your availability. To learn more, email our Advocacy Specialist.
  • Contact your local officials about issues of importance to older adults
    You can find updated contact information for legislators in our six-county region of southeast Michigan
  • Join the mailing list for our Advocate Newsletter 
    We will keep you updated on important legislation and issues impacting older adults

For more information on Older Michiganians Day, visit the Older Michiganians Day website.