Senior Advocacy Issues and Positions
The Silver Key Coalition is a group of individuals and organizations committed to supporting the desire of older adults and adults with a disability to remain living at home for as long as possible. The Coalition recognizes that having a key to one's home is one of the most important quality of life elements, and advocates for an increase in state supported in-home services through the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA). The Coalition goal is to deliver on the promise to make Michigan a "no wait state" for in-home services, by eliminating under serving, and fully addressing unmet needs with increased state funding for OSA in-home serivces of $10 million from FY 2015 to Fy 2017. For more information visit their website at www.silverkeycoalition.com
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B Board of Directors will take positions on key legislation impacting older adults, persons with disabilities and/or family caregivers. These positions are outlined below.
The Advocacy Department of the Area Agency on Aging 1-B will also provide background information on key issues impacting older adults, persons with disabilities and/or family caregivers.
- The agency's legislative agenda serves as a guide to our advocacy efforts. The agenda touches on access, long-term care support services, retirement security and healthy aging.
- The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) supports adopting a balanced approach to addressing the nation’s deficit, which protects low- and middle-income seniors who rely on core social insurance and community-based services and supports.
- The AAA 1-B’s analysis of Governor Snyder’s proposed FY 2012 budget, including its impact on older adults, and recommendations that provide greater protections for low income and vulnerable older adults.
- The 2011-2012 Advocacy Platform is intended to guide Region 1-B aging network advocacy efforts during the course of the next two-year legislative and congressional sessions, and educate elected officials on the needs and concerns of older adults.
- AAA 1-B Supports Retention of Health Care Reform Legislation Provisions that Benefit Older Adults.
- The importance of an alternate transportation system that can meet the needs of Southeast Michigan seniors who are no longer able to drive.
- The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging is encouraging cities, townships and counties to make themselves more "elder friendly" in response to an aging population.