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 people now waiting for assistance, he pledged to include more money in his budget message, to be delivered on February 6.
Reaction from the aging network was swift. Tina Abbate Marzolf, President of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan (AAAAM) said, “Making Michigan a no-wait state would offer hope and independence to the 4,500 frail seniors now waiting for services – some for more than a year.” Also pleased was AAAAM Director Mary Ablan, “Eliminating waiting lists next year would send a clear message that Michigan appreciates its older citizens, even when they need a helping hand. We urge the Legislature to support the Governor’s recommendation with all due speed.”
AARP State President Thomas Kimble also weighed in. “AARP Michigan is pleased about the governor’s proposal to clear the backlog for Meals on Wheels and other in-home services for older adults. Hunger is a growing problem among seniors and anything that can be done to address this most basic human need is a positive step.”
The Governor also thanked legislators for passing elder abuse legislation, but asked for action this year on some of the legislation that was not passed. He’s likely referring to bills that require banks to train their employees to recognize and report financial abuse, as well as legislation to educate seniors on the dangers of joint bank accounts. He also referred to a “Special Message on Aging” he plans to deliver later this year.”