Celebrating Independence Day

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist July 4th brings family and friends together, as well as neighbors, to celebrate that we’re all part of a community. Everyone pitches in, combining their resources — great food, music, and displays — to lift our spirits. Social Security has been helping people maintain their independence for over 80 years. In that time, we’ve made it even … Continue reading Celebrating Independence Day

2019 Call to Justice Honoree: Benita Armstrong

By Jennifer Blanck, MiCAFE Network Coordinator, at Elder Law of Michigan On August 14, 2019, Elder Law of Michigan will honor Adult Protective Services supervisor for Calhoun and St. Joseph counties, Benita Armstrong, with the 2019 Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards for her elder abuse prevention work. The Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards honor those that share the mission of Elder … Continue reading 2019 Call to Justice Honoree: Benita Armstrong

2019 Call to Justice Honoree: Kelly Jonker

By Jennifer Blank, MiCAFE Network Coordinator, at Elder Law of Michigan On August 14, 2019, Elder Law of Michigan will honor Kelly Jonker, Certified Long-Term Care Ombudsman, with the 2019 Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Award for her elder abuse prevention work. The Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards honor those that share the mission of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. to advocate … Continue reading 2019 Call to Justice Honoree: Kelly Jonker

2019 Call to Justice Honoree: Laura Sutter

By Jennifer Blank, MiCAFE Network Coordinator, at Elder Law of Michigan On August 14, 2019, Elder Law of Michigan will honor Laura Sutter, Director of the Branch/St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging (3C) with the 2019 Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Award for her elder abuse prevention work. The Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards honor those that share the mission of Elder … Continue reading 2019 Call to Justice Honoree: Laura Sutter

Elder Law of Michigan: Public Service Announcement

Elder Law of Michigan continues to advance our mission of providing support for older adults and vulnerable populations through the successful delivery of our programs. Regrettably, due to funding issues, we must discontinue one of our long-time programs. The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors, after almost 30 years of service to hundreds of thousands of older adults must be discontinued effective June 24, 2019. While … Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan: Public Service Announcement

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Social Security Q&A Part 20

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Is it true I can save about $4,900 per year if I qualify for Social Security’s Extra Help with the Medicare prescription drug program? Answer: Yes. If your income and resources meet the requirements, you can save nearly $4,900 in prescription costs each year. Resource limits for 2018 are $14,100 (or $28,150 if you are married … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 20

Mental Health Stigmas

By Ryan Schofield, Legal Intern and Sandra Wisnewski, J.D., Director of Client Assistance at Elder Law of Michigan What do you imagine would be the reaction to someone discussing their mental health issues openly 50 years ago? Was it, “What are you, some kind of loon?” Or possibly, “You’re going to see a shrink?” While some people may have been receptive to discussing mental health, … Continue reading Mental Health Stigmas