Older adults rally at state Capitol

More than 1,200 older adults and agency advocates rallied on the lawn of the state Capitol Wednesday urging Legislators to make decisions that allow seniors to age in place. (Courtesy photo)

More than 1,200 older adults and agency advocates rallied on the lawn of the state Capitol Wednesday urging Legislators to make decisions that allow seniors to age in place. (Courtesy photo)

LANSING — More than 1,200 older adults and agency advocates rallied on the lawn of the state Capitol today urging Legislators to make decisions that allow seniors to age in place.

The event shares the national Older Americans Month theme which is “Engage at Every Age!”

Michigan’s lawmakers are in the process of finalizing the fiscal year 2019 budget which includes deciding how much funding meals on wheels and other nutrition and in-home programs will receive.

Advocates continue to share Gov. Rick Snyder’s premise that Michigan should be a “No Wait State” for in-home services.

Today’s legislative issues include:

• Protecting and improving access to the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver, a program that allows nursing facility eligible persons who have Medicaid to remain in their homes and communities instead of a facility;

• Supporting the direct care workforce;

• The need for additional legislative protections from elder abuse; and

• The Silver Key Coalition’s request for a $3 million funding increase for in-home services provided by Michigan’s Aging and Adult Services Agency.

For more information, visit www.oldermichiganiansday.com.

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