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.
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.
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.
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.
Read the full 2021 Older Michiganians Day Platform or see platform highlights below:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many other opportunities for older adults and senior advocates to make an impact:
For more information on Older Michiganians Day, visit the Older Michiganians Day website.