Resources

Senior Resources is not only our name but our focus. We engage in adult focused activities while offering a wide range of resources that inform and enrich the lives of older adults helping to support independence, dignity, and overall well-being.

Resources

Advance Directives

What is an Advance Directive?

An Advance Directive is a written legal document that states how medical decisions are to be made in the event that one loses the ability to make decisions for themselves. These documents express the individual’s wishes to providers, family, and/or facilities regardless of what they may be.

Senior Resources works in partnership with other organizations to provide resources about Advance Directives. Advance Directive materials can be obtained by contacting Senior Resources at 231-739-5858 or are available here:

Advance Care Plan Documents

Advance Care Wallet Cards

Treatment Preferences

Designating a Funeral Representative

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s Information and Resources

To support caregivers with loved ones with Alzheimer’s, assistance is available through our partners at the Alzheimer’s Association – Michigan Great Lakes Chapter or by scheduling an appointment with a Great Lakes Chapter specialist through the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

Miles for Memories

Senior Resources and the SafeSeniors collaborative have partnered to promote the Miles for Memories Personal ID program, which offers support for those with dementia and their caregivers. A special bracelet (or nugget or watch) allows for storage of emergency and medical information so it can be accessed by emergency personnel if someone is found wandering. Read more here: Miles for Memories press release

 

 

Dementia Friends Michigan Program

There are over 5 million people living with some form of dementia in the United States. Dementia Friends is an opportunity to change the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Through an agreement with the state-lead agency for Dementia Friends Michigan, Senior Resources conducts Dementia Friends sessions. These hour-long sessions offer an opportunity to learn about dementia, understand what it is like to live with the disease, receive tips on communicating with people who have dementia, and turn understanding into practical action.

If you or your organization would like to learn more about Dementia Friends training, contact [email protected] for information, dates, and times.

Fraud and Scams

Medicaid Fraud

It takes us all to fight fraud. There are many types of Medicaid fraud. Medicaid fraud is the intentional providing of false information to get Medicaid to pay for medical care or services. To report Medicaid suspected or identified fraud, waste, and abuse, visit michigan.gov or call your local Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) office. You may also call 1-800-442-0054 or email [email protected]. All reports may be made anonymously.

Helping Seniors Stay Safe – SafeSeniors

SafeSeniors is a network of 40+ community partners, law enforcement, and prosecutors’ offices working together to identify, advocate and seek justice for older adult victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. 1 in 10 older adults are victims. If you are experiencing or suspect any of these circumstances are occurring, help is available 24/7 by calling 855-444-3911. If you feel there is an immediate threat to your well-being, call 911. For information on the coalition, and common scams, visit safeseniors.info.

Resources

Senior Advocacy

As an Area Agency on Aging, we are assigned the role of advocate on behalf of seniors under the federal Older Americans Act. In this role, we work to represent the interests of older adults by educating public officials, consumer advocates and the community about the needs of older adults. It is our responsibility to monitor proposed legislation and policies at the federal, state and local levels, with an emphasis on health, housing, transportation, income supports, consumer protection and long-term care.

Senior Advocates Coalition

Our efforts are designed not only to advocate for older adults but also to provide opportunities for interested individuals to learn, question leaders, and to build a community of non-partisan members who together may engage in activities that support the quality of life of older adults in Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties.

Senior Advocates Coalition 2024 Meeting Schedule:

When: Mondays 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Tanglewood Park
560 Seminole Road
Norton Shores 

For Zoom option, contact [email protected] for link

Dates:

Monday, February 12, with regional state legislators
Monday, April 8, with federal legislative aides
SAC Agenda February 2024

Wednesday, May 17, Older Michiganians Day in Lansing

The state Area Agencies on Aging 2023 Advocacy priorities, Area Agency on Aging Association of Michigan.

USAging priorities for 2023, USAging 2023 Policy Priorities

 

Elected Officials

If you would like to express your concerns or have questions that affect you or an older adult in your life, we encourage you to contact your elected officials. For your convenience, a contact list is available Elected Officials. For your reference, advocacy and contact method guidelines are provided:

The Ten Commandments of Public Policy Advocacy
Use these guidelines to prepare yourself before reaching out to a state or federal representative.

Email Template
Use this email template as a guideline when sending an electronic message to a state or federal representative.

Telephone Guide
Use these guidelines when calling a state or federal representative.

Visiting Guide
Use these guidelines when visiting the office of a state or federal representative.

Resources

Service Providers

Senior Resources partners with various agencies, organizations, and businesses throughout our three-county region to provide an array of services for older adults. 

Older Americans Act (OAA) Grant Funded Partners:

  • AgeWell Services
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Michigan Chapter
  • Community Access Line of the Lakeshore | 211
  • D.A. Blodget-St. John’s
  • Evergreen Commons
  • Flowers by Mary Ann
  • Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging
  • Hackley Community Care Center
  • Lakeshore Rehabilitation Center
  • Legal Aid West Michigan
  • Oceana County Council on Aging
  • Pioneer Resources

Learn More about our grant funded partners.

Service Provider Network (Purchase of Service – PoS)

Senior Resources has developed a network of local providers whose services we purchase for our care programs to offer a comprehensive and coordinated system of services to help support the independence and preserve the dignity of older adults in our three-county region. We have screened and developed relationships with over 100 providers. Services they provide include:

  • Chore Services
  • Durable Medical Equipment Providers
  • Transportation
  • Miscellaneous Services
  • In-Home Services Providers
  • Personal Emergency Response Providers
  • Residential Accommodations
  • In-Home Services
    • Adult Day Care Services
    • Home Delivered Meals

Provider Directory can be found here. 

Resources

Wellness Workshops

Getting older and staying healthy can be challenging and sometimes complex when faced with chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, dementia, balance, and flexibility. To help navigate these challenges, the state’s Area Agencies on Aging have come together to offer a variety of evidence-based workshops for older adults and caregivers taking care of loved ones facing difficulties. AAA On-Line Workshops January – September 2024

They are available both in-person at Tanglewood Park or on-line through Zoom. Future classes will be listed here.

Additional workshops are also available through Michigan State University Extension. For a description, date, time, and registration information, MSU Extension Virtual health programs Q1 2024, Chronic Disease PATH Telephone Toolkit, and PATH Toolkits Q1 2024.

Tanglewood Park – Senior Focused Campus

Tanglewood Park is the home of Senior Resources at 560 Seminole Road. Located in Muskegon, Michigan, it was designed to house senior nonprofit agencies to better serve the area’s older adults, their families, and caregivers. The agencies include Senior Resources, AgeWell Services of West Michigan, and LifeCircles PACE™. Through this unique facility older adults can access resources, senior programming/benefit information, activity centers, discount dining, transportation services, adult day center, PACE program, and much more. 

We invite you to visit the facility.

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