Don’t Let Marketers Tell You How to Age in Place

via consumerfinance.gov by Stacy Canan, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau July 26, 2017 We often hear that older Americans want to “age in place.” Aging in place means living at home in the community, rather than in an institutional setting, like a nursing facility. This is the choice most people want to make even if they need services and support to do so. With over ten … Continue reading Don’t Let Marketers Tell You How to Age in Place

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ELM Joins National Campaign to End Senior Hunger

When it comes to eating a healthy diet, millions of Americans 65 and over face a double whammy: a fixed income, and rising food costs. Nationally, adults aged 65+ have an average annual income of $46,627, and they spend more than $5,500—or nearly 12%—on food. Additionally, this year those who rely on Social Security received just a 0.3% increase in their Cost of Living Adjustment. … Continue reading ELM Joins National Campaign to End Senior Hunger

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The Psychological Impact of Poverty on Seniors

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?” The Beatles, in their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967, asked this question, half in jest. However, this question has significance for many adults staring down the road at their later years of life. Unlike the Beatles’ song which envisions a later life with grandchildren … Continue reading The Psychological Impact of Poverty on Seniors

Update on the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE)

In August, we posted about the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE). As highlighted by our post, the new ABLE accounts were not expected to be available for a year. Yet, on November 1st, the State of Michigan launched its the ABLE program and enrollment is now open. The ABLE program allows families and individuals to fund a special savings account for certain people with … Continue reading Update on the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE)

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Helping One Senior at a Time

by Gay Nell Jenkins, MiCAFE Network Partner Liaison  I first met Ms. H when I went to her home to complete her SNAP application. Ms. H., a homebound senior in her mid-seventies, has multiple health issues that she is being treated for. Her home is located in a blighted area of Detroit and when you turn onto her street, you can see blight and overgrown grass … Continue reading Helping One Senior at a Time

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Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE)

by Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, Managing Hotline Attorney Individuals with disabilities face significant challenges and obstacles in life. Employment and living independently are among the major challenges. Further, individuals with disabilities can only have a limited amount in assets at any given time in order to maintain eligibility for certain safety-net programs. Therefore, a disincentive to work and more importantly to save exists in the system.   The … Continue reading Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE)

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Tomorrow is National Love Your Pet Day

by Char Brooks, J.D. As we all know, February 14th is Valentine’s Day – a day of celebration for couples. Many of us extend this holiday to include celebrating our kids or special friends. It’s not too far afield to celebrate the ones most involved in our day to day lives. National Love Your Pet Day is a chance to honor your pets – whether furry, … Continue reading Tomorrow is National Love Your Pet Day

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National Senior Independence Month is a Time to Celebrate Your Age

by Ron Tatro, Vice President Independence is a wonderful thing. Throughout our lives it comes to us in many different forms. As children, independence allows us to explore new sites, sounds, smells, and meet new mostly older people. In our teen years, driving brings independence for many along with new social experiences like attending a prom and meeting more new friends. In those middle years, … Continue reading National Senior Independence Month is a Time to Celebrate Your Age

Landlord/Tenant Rights – The Right to Break a Lease to go into Senior Housing

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney According to Senior Living.org, a person turns 65 every 10 seconds in this country. By 2030 the number of people 65 or older will be 71.5 million. Of these, roughly 70% are not confident they will have enough money to live comfortably when they retire. A major concern for many baby boomers is the cost of housing.  Depending on … Continue reading Landlord/Tenant Rights – The Right to Break a Lease to go into Senior Housing

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

by Karen Flores, J.D., Hotline Attorney The Corporation for National & Community Service established the Senior Corps agency for people age 55 and over who want to volunteer in their community and provide aid to people in need. Previously, we featured the Foster Grandparent Program and the Senior Companion Program.  Another program which operates through the Senior Corps is the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program … Continue reading Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)