Commission on Aging meeting

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NEGAUNEE — Supply and demand issues are a concern of the state Commission on Aging.

With a growing population of seniors in the state, funding programs is a concern. Officials from several state agencies, the Commission on Services to the Aging, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Aging and Adult Services Agency, met in Negaunee this afternoon to talk about funding issues and hear from residents.

Dona Wishart, Commission on Services to the Aging said, “Four things that are especially important to the commission right now with regard to our advocacy efforts include transportation issues, elder abuse issues, access to services in particular in-home services and issues regarding the direct care workforce.”

It is expected that in the next six years, people over the age of 65 will outnumber those under age 18 for the first time in many Michigan counties.

That demographic shift is attributed to a lower replacement birth rate, a large Baby Boomer generation, and extended length of life.

But, that shift means greater costs and the state is already facing a lack of funding for the senior services.

The Older Michiganians Act and Michigan’s Aging Network can be accessed here.

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