Elder Abuse Legislation Re-Introduced (SB 49/50)
Late in the 2014 legislative session two bills, (SB 866/867) designed to discourage elder or vulnerable adult abuse failed to make it out of committee.
Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) has reintroduced this legislation in the 2015-2016 session as Senate Bills 49 and 50, designed to amend both the MI Code of Criminal Procedure and the Michigan Penal Code for both vulnerable and elderly adults.
Senate Bill 49 would amend Chapter 20A (Vulnerable Adults) of the Michigan Penal Code to prohibit and prescribe criminal penalties for the following:
— Assaulting an elder adult or vulnerable adult.
— Restraining an elder adult or vulnerable adult by the use of violence, menace, fraud, or deceit.
— Fraudulently obtaining or using an elder adult’s money or property.
The bill also would do the following:
– Establish requirements for a prosecutor seeking an enhanced sentence.
— Allow consecutive sentencing.
— Require the Office of Services to the Aging promptly to report to the Department of Human Services if the Office became aware of a violation of the bill.
Senate Bill 50 would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure to add the felonies proposed by Senate Bill 49 to the sentencing guidelines.
Reauthorizing The Older Americans Act
The Older Americans Act (OAA) is up for reauthorization again and contains important legislation for improving the lives of older adults.
The OAA funds critical services that keep older adults healthy and independent—services like meals, job training, senior centers, caregiver support, transportation, health promotion, benefits enrollment, and more.
The reauthorization includes provisions to protect vulnerable elders by strengthening the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program and existing elder abuse screening and prevention efforts.
Read about the Older Americans Act at https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/1562
Upcoming Senior Network Resource Training Events
Sponsored by the Blueprint
If you are a service provider in Washtenaw County, consider attending one of our training workshops.
Our next workshop is just around the corner.
All training events will take place at 705 Zeeb Rd, 2nd floor conference room from 10 am – 11 am (following the SCIP meeting) unless otherwise stated.
Library Resources for People with Disabilities
Guest Presenter: Ira Lax
Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled
Ira Lax of the The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled will present on the free services provided by the library, which loans books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (digital cartridge, digital download, large print, Braille, and descriptive video) to individuals with certified visual limitations.
Find out more by visiting http://wlbpd.aadl.org/
April 23rd –
Senior Budgeting Assistance
Guest Presenter: Marshall Averill
Americorps Financial Empowerment Coach
Marshall Averill, an AmeriCorps Financial Empowerment Coach based at the United Way of Washtenaw County, will give an overview of the services he provides for clients, such as individual budgeting advice.
All training events will take place in the second floor conference room of the Washtenaw County Bldg, located at 705 Zeeb Rd, from 10 am – 11 am unless otherwise stated.
Email email@example.com if you plan to attend.
It’s Cold Outside!
Elderly people are much more vulnerable to cold weather for a number of reasons, including less body fat and the loss of shivering ability, which helps the body generate heat, experts say.
Check out the article in the Free Press on the risks and dangers associated with aging and cold weather here: http://www.freep.com/story/news/health/2015/01/07/cold-especially-dangerous-seniors/21384955/
Check out Neighbor Senior Services!
Worried about maintaining your independence as you age in Washtenaw County?
Neighborhood Senior Services(NSS) may be able to help. For over 30 years, NSS has been helping older adults find reliable and affordable assistance with home maintenance, home injury prevention, access ramps, and transportation.
Call 734-712-7775 for information and check out our webpage at http://www.nssweb.org.
Neighborhood Senior Services is now operating as a program of Ann Arbor-based Catholic Social Services and will work jointly with its Older Adult Services unit to offer services that supporting local seniors.
The Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective of Growing Old
THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Ann Arbor premiere of The Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective of Growing Old. Make sure to check out the video below for a recap of the event!
If you missed the event and are still interested in checking out the documentary, the entire 13-part series of The Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective of Growing Old can be viewed on Detroit Public Television, starting October 12th at 2:30 p.m., featuring host Desiree Cooper.
The Blueprint for Aging strives to create and maintain positive community change to increase quality of life and independence for older adults and their allies in Washtenaw County through a community collaborative process.
The Blueprint for Aging receives funding and support from: