June 25, 2014 at 1:00 am

LETTER

'No wait' policy helps seniors

On behalf of Michigan’s aging network and the nearly two million older adults across the state, we thank Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature for passing a budget that makes Michigan a “no wait state” for senior services.

Michigan has had waiting lists for senior services for nearly a decade. Providing the state’s aging network with the resources it needs to help older adults will lower health care costs, create jobs and reduce the burden on family caregivers and their employers. More importantly, it will allow older adults who need a helping hand to remain independent and stay in their home instead of having to move into a more costly setting.

Right now more than 4,500 older adults are on waiting lists for critical services like Meals on Wheels. As the governor said in his recent special message on aging, Michigan has more work to do to serve its growing older adult population, and part of that is becoming a “no wait state” for senior services.

Thanks to strong leadership by the governor and the Michigan Legislature, older adults in our state won’t have to wait any longer to get the help they need.

Kari Sederburg, director,

Michigan Office of Services to the Aging