An Update From Our President

Last week, I had the honor of attending a meeting convened by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Office of Older Americans in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together national nonprofits to learn more about the many programs the CFPB is working on to combat the financial exploitation of seniors. Also, each nonprofit had an opportunity to discuss what they … Continue reading An Update From Our President

Advisory Council January Update

On January 13th and 15th the Elder Law of Michigan’s Senior Advisory Council convened via conference call to discuss how Elder Law of Michigan can build an ongoing relationship with clients. The Senior Advisory Council suggested different ways to communicate and engage with clients including how to connect with past clients and isolated seniors who are in need of services.  The Senior Advisory Council also … Continue reading Advisory Council January Update

A Reflection of “31 Days of Giving”

It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2014 is almost behind us. As with every new year, it’s important to take the natural opportunity to look back and consider our areas of growth as an organization, the lessons we learned, and which goals we should set for the coming year. During the month of December, Elder Law of Michigan embarked on a volunteer … Continue reading A Reflection of “31 Days of Giving”

Governor Snyder Seeks to Improve the Quality of Life for Seniors

On January 16, 2014 Governor Snyder gave his State of the State Address, part of which highlighted the numerous ways he seeks to create independence and improve the quality of life for seniors. He proposed making Michigan a “no-wait state” by increasing the funds dedicated to services such as Meals on Wheels and other in-home programs. Nearly 4,500 older adults are not receiving the in-home … Continue reading Governor Snyder Seeks to Improve the Quality of Life for Seniors

How to Talk with Your Loved Ones about End of Life Choices

by Char Brooks, J.D. Let’s face it.  Telling someone you love that you know they aren’t doing well is awkward.  Anticipating an unexpected event like your loved one suddenly becoming seriously ill and talking about it when they are healthy is even more awkward. End of life choices are difficult concepts to think about, let alone discuss. The paradox is that the best time to … Continue reading How to Talk with Your Loved Ones about End of Life Choices

The Necessity of Powers of Attorney Documents

by Nazneen H. Syed, J.D., LL.M The importance of Powers of Attorney documents is often underestimated.  It is not enough to know who you want to take care of your financial and health care needs should the situation arise.  It is also not enough for you to simply tell the person who you are choosing what your wishes are.  It is important to memorialize these … Continue reading The Necessity of Powers of Attorney Documents

“A no-wait state…”

The following excerpt was taken from the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan Associate Member News: ““A no-wait state” . . . . was music to the ears of the aging network this week when Governor Rick Snyder announced his desire to eliminate waiting lists for meals-on-wheels and other in-home services during his 4th Annual State of the State address.  Citing the 4,500 frail … Continue reading “A no-wait state…”