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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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“I think I’ll take a trip around the world”

By Ellen Mason, Hotline Attorney Betty Williams worked her entire adult life. She has some savings but, at 73, she’s going blind. She’s worried that her savings won’t cover the cost of a nursing home for very long. Betty has Medicare, and she wants to know if she qualifies for Medicaid. Medicaid rules vary from state to state. In Michigan, to qualify for Medicaid, a … Continue reading “I think I’ll take a trip around the world”

LIfe with a mental illness banner.

Mental Health Awareness Month

by Natalie Pearce, Director of Economic Security May 2016 is Mental Health Awareness Month and the theme is Life with a Mental Illness. Much time has passed since the days of the asylums, where people with mental illnesses were locked in for most of their lives. Many purport that prisons are “the new asylums”, housing thousands of people with mental illnesses without adequate resources to … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month

Ageism, You’re Fired!

by Teresa Elliott, MiCAFE Intern Did you know this is National Social Work Week? In fact, the whole month of March is Social Work Month! Most people come into contact with social workers through direct service delivery in the form of counseling or case management. But did you know an important part of a social worker’s role is to work for social change? Social workers … Continue reading Ageism, You’re Fired!

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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

Grandmother with her caregiver granddaughter.

Caring for a Loved One – Five Questions to Determine if you are a Caregiver

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives many calls each week regarding caregivers. There comes a time in many people’s lives when they are unable to take care of themselves and may need to seek the help of others. It may be as simple as having someone come in and help prepare meals or go food shopping. Or, it … Continue reading Caring for a Loved One – Five Questions to Determine if you are a Caregiver

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