Vol. 22 No. 4
How to Avoid Property Tax Foreclosure
Raymond J. Wojtowicz Your property taxes can be paid in one of
Wayne County Treasurer three ways; online, in person or you can
mail your payment. Payment for delin-
Wayne County - and Detroit - leads the quent taxes can be paid by personal check,
nation in home foreclosures. There are (current delinquent tax year only), certi-
many reasons for this troubling distinc- fied funds, cash in-person, or on-line by an
tion, and the decline of the auto industry - electronic debit from your checking or sav -
which has resulted in the loss of thousands ings account. If you pay online, our site is
of jobs - is certainly a major contributor to authorized to accept MasterCard or Visa.
the decline of the local economy. Taxpayers using this service will incur a
But the loss of jobs related to a once-thriv- service charge of 2.49% of the total taxes
ing industry is still only part of the prob- paid. The fee is paid to the service
lem. Another equally serious part of the provider, not the Wayne County Treasurer.
problem is personal responsibility. If you If your mortgage company pays your taxes
own a home, then you should know that out of an escrow account, be sure to check
property taxes need to be paid on that and make sure that they are making time-
home. If you are unable to pay those taxes, ly payments. Ultimately YOU are responsi-
or if you believe you will be late, then I ble for timely payments, not your mortgage
encourage you to contact the Wayne company.
County Treasurer's Office for assistance
with your problem. We're here to help. When am I late?
Our office has no interest in taking your Website: Officially, if you did not pay your 2007
property. The Treasurer's strong prefer- www.waynecounty.com/treasurer property taxes by March 1, 2008, then
ence is that Wayne County residents keep those property taxes are now recorded as
their homes and not lose them to property How to Avoid Foreclosure delinquent and a $15 collection fee was
tax foreclosure, and our office is doing added on Oct. 1, 2008, to each delinquent
whatever it can to make this a reality. Always pay your taxes on time, if you can parcel that is listed under your name.
But to do this we need your help. If you're Property taxes are always due in July and Also, it is now the responsibility of the
in trouble, we need to hear from you, and December of each year. Wayne County Treasurer's Office to collect
we need to hear from you soon. You can Current taxes are payable to your local the delinquent taxes and interest immedi-
contact us one of several ways: treasurer's office located in the municipal- ately kicks in at 1% per month. There is
ity where your property is located. You also a 4% administration fee.
The Office of the Wayne County Treasurer need to contact your local treasurer's When am I REALLY late?
Taxpayer Assistance Department office for further information on current Unpaid property taxes become delinquent
400 Monroe, Suite 530 property tax billing dates. on March 1st of each year and are for-
Detroit, MI 48226 If you can't pay them on time, there are dif-
(313) 224-6105 ferent ways to pay your taxes. See Foreclosure, page 7
Index Nursing Home Transition Program
The Michigan Department of people in evaluating whether or
News & Notes..........................4
Community Health is offering a not they want to transition from
program to assist people in tran- the facility. If a person decides
Free Personal Health Program...5 sitioning from nursing homes to to go ahead with the transition,
community environments. To there are many services that can
Payment Assistance Programs.6 qualify, a person must currently assist with the process. Based on
reside in a nursing facility; be the individual's needs, available
Diabetes...................................9 financially eligible for services may include but are not
Medicaid; and want to leave the limited to: Coordination and
Social Security Insight............10 facility to return to a community Support, Housing assistance,
environment. Furniture for participant's home,
Medicare Fraud.......................11 When someone wants to enroll Home modifications, Groceries,
in the program, a comprehen- Moving expenses, Utility
Enhanced Driver's License.....12 sive assessment is completed by the service needs are evaluated deposits/hook-up fees, and
a registered nurse and a social and possible housing options are
worker. During the assessment, discussed. This process assists See Nursing, page 7
Page 2 S ENIORITY NEWS Winter 2009
Winter 2009 S ENIORITY NEWS Page 3
Thoughts From the Corner Office The Senior Alliance
wanting to stays in shape during the win-
Board of Directors
Warming Up To Winter make the ter by strength training with
Allen Park..............................Freda Ditto
While most of us dread trip out. light weights and hand
"walking in a winter wonder- All of these cycling. Belleville........................Jennifer DeLano
land" after putting on our facts are Whatever the case may be, Brownstown Twp........Maxine Schofield
parkas, long-johns, scarves, alarmingly it is important that we "active-
hats, and mittens, there are important ly age." The International Canton Twp.......................Michael Ager
some who get out and enjoy for adults Council on Aging explains Dearborn.......................Anthony Woods
the winter season by taking as they that, "active aging means liv-
on sports such as: skiing, reach 50 years and over ing life as fully as possible. Dearborn Hts..............Kimberly Constan
snowboarding, and maybe because our bodies begin to How well we age has much Ecorse................................Phyllis Cook
just a good-ole snowball fight! change in terms of bone den- more to do with how well we
Yet, for most people, staying sity. Another health report function, and a lot less to do Flat Rock..................Joan Pawlakiewicz
warm in the house and lifting written by Minneapolis med- with the years. And we will Garden City........................Pat McKarge
up a cozy cup of hot chocolate ical reporter, Dennis Duoda, function better when we take
for a sip is about the closest states, "both men and women a walk…and sing and dance." Gibraltar .................................Gil Talbert
form of exercise that takes lose up to 1 percent of bone Therefore, I encourage every- Grosse Ile Twp................Alan Anderson
place during the winter mass each year after age 50" one to stay healthy during this
months. This is so because (May, 2008). So, what can we winter season: take up some Huron Twp......................Pam Carpenter
not only are most winter do to stay healthy as the win- new "active" hobbies and get Inkster.....................Denise Champagne
sports quite costly, but many ter season sets in? your heart rate up a bit. And,
Lincoln Park...................Marilyn Willson
of them are somewhat dan- According to AARP, "staying when you do go out and take
gerous. "Health News" active in the winter helps you on the cold, be sure to dress Livonia....................................Gay Ware
reported in a January 2008 ward off the flu and common for the occasion by: wearing
article entitled, Exercise cold. It can also help you layers to keep in the heat,
Equipment: Preventing avoid winter weight gain. protecting your head and ears Northville.........................Sherry Necelis
Winter Sports' Injuries, that And for those who get the because you lose most of your Northville Twp ......Richard Henningsen
"each year an estimated winter blues, physical activity heat through your head, and
100,000 to 140,000 skiers and is a super stress reliever and covering your hands and feet Plymouth.......................Bobbie Pummill
snowboarders require emer- mood lifter" (2008). Getting as much as possible Plymouth Twp .................Ann DeGhetto
gency room treatment." yourself moving once every (AARP.org).
Furthermore, while the gym day for 10 to 20 minutes can If you are interested in Redford Twp..........................John Pedit
is a great way to get exercise make a huge difference in finding more information on River Rouge......................Olive Roberts
during the chilly season, it is your health and mental well- this topic and find a place to
usually quiet costly, and the being. You can even use get together with others over Riverview...................Doug Drysdale
whole process of getting household objects, such as the winter months to stay Rockwood.........................Janet Dallwig
geared up to travel to the gym soup cans, and practice repet- active, contact your local
on a freezing cold Michigan itive sets of arm curls while Senior Center, or contact us Romulus..........................Carole Elder
day detours many from even watching the television. I here at TSA, and we can Southgate........................Norma Hendin
even talked to a woman who direct you to a Senior Center.
said that she loves to walk, so Finally, if you or someone you Sumpter Twp................Denise Droullard
during the harsh winter know may be without warm Taylor ............................Marsha Dotson
months she would turn on her clothing, meals, or in need of
television or radio and walk some "friendly reassurance,"
laps around her basement at please do not hesitate to con- Van Buren Twp..................Linda Combs
a steady pace for 30 minutes. tact us or visit our website for
Wayne ................Nancy Wojewski-Noel
Another gentleman, in a more information at
wheelchair, told me that he www.TheSeniorAlliance.org. Westland.....................Barbara Marcum
www.healthfinder.gov is a federal Wyandotte.........................................
website which has launched an updat- Wayne County......................Jerry Higgs
ed version to provide information for
people who wish to stay healthy. The
Best Advisory Council..........Tom Jankowski
site features links to over 6,000 gov-
ernment and nonprofit health informa-
Sites Corporate Committee ........Marguerite Linteau
tion resources on hundreds of health
topics. Additionally, a tool called Advisory Council Officers
MyHealthFinder provides personal - Tom Jankowski, Chairperson
ized recommendations for clinical pre- Jacqueline Bousha, Secretary
ventive services specific to the user's age and gender.
This publication is supported in part by funds pro-
www.EconomicRecovery.gov is a resource for individuals to find help to vided by the Michigan Office of Services to the
keep their homes, find jobs and protect their savings by the U.S. Aging and the Older American Act of 1965, as
amended. No one shall be excluded in any funded
Department of Commerce. service or activity because of race, age, sex,
national origin or disability in compliance with Title
VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Page 4 S ENIORITY NEWS Winter 2009
News & Notes
Comedy for a Cause Free Meal Every Month al equipment. For general information, call
On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, The Senior Come join in fellowship with other local area the FCC at (888) 225-5322; TTY: (888) 835-
Alliance will be teaming up with Joey's seniors for a free hot lunch on the last 5322 or visit their DTV website at
Comedy Club, 36071 Plymouth Road, Saturday of the month at the Downriver www.dtv.gov.
Livonia, for a night of entertainment, great Christian Church, 1518 Fort Street, Lincoln
food, and spirits in which 80% of the pro- Park, MI 48146. Lunch will be served Secretary of State Pilot Program
ceeds from every ticket sold will be donated between 12pm to 2pm. For additional infor- Select Secretary of State offices will have a
back to TSA. Tickets are $20 each. In addi- mation or to volunteer at the lunch, please pilot program that will offer customers who
tion, your "Comedy for a Cause" ticket will call (734) 752-8989. are deaf and hard of hearing the option to
give you 25% off of your meal at Kickers All use sign language when conducting busi-
American Grill (the restaurant located below Digital TV - February 17, 2009 ness with the department. The program
Joey's Comedy Club) or a discount off pizza The transition to television digital broadcast- uses a monitor with a built-in camera and
during the show that evening. Reservations ing will occur on February 17, 2009. To help audio system to connect the customer and
will be required if you plan on having dinner, defray the cost of converter boxes, each U.S. branch office clerk to a sign language inter-
so let the operator know you are supporting household can request up to two coupons, preter at a special communication relay cen-
The Senior Alliance and the "Comedy for a worth $40 each, to be used toward the pur- ter. A customer-service specialist at the
Cause" by calling (734) 261-0555. Info or to chase of these boxes. This coupon program branch office directs interested customers to
order tickets: Call Linda DeVore (734) 727- is being administered by the National a clerk and video relay monitor. The cus-
2017 or email LDevore@tsalink.org. Telecommunications and Information tomer signs as the interpreter on screen
Administration. For more information on the voices the comments, which the clerk hears
TSA Holiday Meals coupon program visit www.dtv2009.gov or through a headset. The clerk's responses
The Senior Alliance provides a festive hot call (888) DTV-2009 (888-388-2009). If you are picked up by a microphone, and the
meal to homebound elders on Easter day. subscribe to a paid television service such interpreter translates the speech into signs
The deadline to request a meal for Easter is as cable or satellite TV, you may not need a for the customer. There is no cost to the cus-
March 14, 2009. To become a volunteer to converter box, and the TVs connected to tomer. This service is available at the Livonia
deliver meals, request a meal or additional your paid service will continue to receive Area SUPER!Center, 17176 Farmington
information, call the TSA Programs local broadcast programming. However, Road and the Detroit New Center
Department at (734) 727-2063. consumers are advised to check with your SUPER!Center, Cadillac Place, 3046 W.
provider to see if you will need any addition- Grand Blvd.
A Few 2008 Tax Tips
Ø Call your local Senior Center to con-
firm if free tax preparation is being
done at their location. Schedule an
appointment to have your taxes
done for free.
Ø If you missed the October Stimulus deadline, it is still possi-
ble to get yours when your 2008 taxes are done.
Ø Up to 20% of your RENT is considered property taxes paid
by the renter and can be used to get a possible Property Tax
Volunteer Counselors Needed
The Senior Alliance needs your help! We are looking for
Credit from the State. Maximum is $1,200. If you missed this
individuals to serve as health benefits counselors with our
credit it can be done for up to the last four previous years. Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP). This pro-
Ø Taxpayers with low-income may find they are eligible for a gram is a free, unbiased service which assists Medicare
beneficiaries who have problems or questions about
heating credit. This credit expires each year so it is impor-
Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Supplemental Insurance,
tant to do it at tax time. Call your heating utility company to Long Term Care Insurance and related issues.
find out the amount you paid for heat only each year and Counselors are trained, certified and supported. MMAP
counseling services are provided to callers over the phone,
bring that information with you when you have your taxes
or can be performed at specific sites, such as community
prepared. centers, senior centers, hospitals, churches, etc.
Ø If you pay property taxes and are not able to itemize on the If you are a person who likes to solve puzzles, enjoys
meeting and working with people, and someone who faces
Federal return because the Standard Deduction works better,
obstacles with determination and good humor, then you
you may find that for the 2008 tax year you are eligible to may be the person we need!
add $500 of those taxes to your Standard Deduction ($1,000 For more information about our next training and becom-
ing a MMAP Volunteer Counselor, please contact Bettie
if married filing joint). This is done without itemizing and
Hughes at (734) 727-2025 or via email to
helps to reduce your taxable income. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter 2009 S ENIORITY NEWS Page 5
Matters! Mammograms - Medicare Has You Covered
under the skin, which you are protected from blood clots. • Severe pain, such as
Do you take more likely to show bruises. Or Foods rich in Vitamin K headache or stomach pain
the blood it may mean you're likely to include; lettuce, broccoli, cab- • Coughing up blood
thinner bleed more after you cut your- bage and spinach. It is impor- • A cut or nosebleed that will
Coumadin®? self on a sharp object. In some tant that you tell EVERY doctor not stop bleeding within 10
If so, you are cases, it can be quite serious or who treats you that you are tak- minutes
among thou- life-threatening. Doctors try to ing Coumadin®.
sands of keep the blood of their Finally, all patients on
Americans Coumadin® patients just thin As a Patient You need to be Coumadin® need a special
who take enough to prevent clots, without Involved in Your Care medical alert bracelet or
this valuable making it too thin, by monitor- necklace. This is a form of
medication ing the level of clotting factors Other advice for those on identification you wear that
to prevent blood clots to the in the bloodstream. That's why Coumadin®: alerts emergency medical
heart, brain and other sites in you are asked by your physician, • Take the medication as pre- workers you are on
the body. Coumadin®, also to have periodic blood tests to scribed by your doctor at Coumadin®. You can get more
known by its generic name check the levels of those clotting the same time each day information from the nonprof-
Warfarin, works by keeping the factors. • Never skip a dose or take a it Medic Alert Foundation by
liver from making clotting fac- double dose calling 888-633-4298, or by
tors. When there's not enough Understanding Drug • If you miss a dose, take it browsing the website,
clotting factors circulating in Interactions as soon as you remember www.medicalert.org.
the bloodstream, the blood is • Go for blood tests as
less likely to remain "thick" Many drugs interact with ordered by your doctor About the Author
enough to clot. By reducing the Coumadin® and may make the Jim Mitchiner, MD, MPH, serves as
number of clotting factors - Coumadin® effect stronger, and Seek Immediate Medical Care Medical Director at MPRO,
blood thinners keep clots from the blood thinner, leading to an if the Following Occurs Michigan's Quality Improvement
forming. increased risk of bleeding com- Call your doctor right away, or Organization. MPRO assists
plications. For example, anti- go to the nearest hospital Medicare beneficiaries with quality
Side Effects You Need convulsants (drugs that prevent emergency room, if you have of care complaints and discharge
to Be Aware Of seizures) and some kinds of any of the following: appeals. MPRO further assists
antibiotics may work this way. • Red, pink or cola-colored Michigan Medicare providers with
Like all drugs, Coumadin® has On the other hand, foods that urine quality improvement initiatives to
risks and complications. One have a high amount of Vitamin • Vomit that is bright red or improve the quality and safety of
risk is that too high a dose may K, work just the opposite. They looks like coffee grounds healthcare. In addition, Dr.
make the blood too thin and can block the effects of Coumadin® • Bowel movements that are Mitchiner is a practicing emergency
cause easy bleeding. on the clotting factors, the blood red or look like tar room physician. To find out more
Sometimes this bleeding is just remains "thick," and you are not • An injury to your head about MPRO, visit, www.mpro.org.
Free Personal Health Program Comes to Wayne County
The National Kidney Foundation of The program is suited for both the newly Dates: Tuesdays 10:00-12:30
Michigan (NFKM) and other community diagnosed as well as those seeking more January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17
partners are offering free workshops to aggressive management. The PATH pro-
help Wayne County residents better man- gram has been proven in studies to reduce International Gospel Center
age long-term health problems. The symptoms and physician visits as well as 375 Salliotte
Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) increase self-management abilities and Ecorse, MI 48229
Workshops meet once a week for six weeks communication with doctors. Food and Contact: Tanya Ball
to offer a variety of techniques for improv- refreshments will be served at the work- (313) 389-2700
ing health and well being. shop. Class sizes are limited. For addi- Dates: Saturdays 10:00-12:30
tional information, contact Laurie Classes begin in February
The PATH program was developed at Gustafson at the National Kidney
Stanford University and is designed to pro- Foundation of Michigan at (800) 482-1455, ACCESS
vide knowledge and skills to adults with or via email email@example.com. 8625 Joseph Campeau
chronic health conditions such as arthritis, Information is also available online at Hamtramck, MI 48211
heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, www.nkfm.org. PATH classes will be held Contact: Nesrine Akil
emphysema, asthma, bronchitis and at the following locations in 2009. (313) 216-2248
depression. Dates: Thursdays 9:00-11:30am and 11:30-
Carpenter Place 2pm
Classes will be run by professional leaders 3400 Carpenter Rd. January 8, 15, 22, 29 February 5, 12
and trained lay people who hold informal, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
small group discussions and provide easy- Contact: Tracy LaFever Byrd Allen Park Community Center
to-understand course materials. (734)973-8791 15800 White Street
Instructors explain ways to reduce pain Dates: Fridays 1:00-3:30pm Allen Park, MI 48101
and stress, cope with fatigue, use medica- January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 Contact: Jennifer Hughes
tions wisely, and benefit from exercise. (313) 928-0771
Participants also learn about self-help McCauley Commons Dates: Thursdays 12:30 PM-3:00 PM
devices that can enhance daily activities 11500 Shoemaker February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12
and are given an opportunity to ask ques- Detroit, MI 48213
tions about their health concerns. Contact: Michael Anderson
(313) 849-3920 Ext. 262 See Health, page 8
Page 6 S ENIORITY NEWS Winter 2009
Payment Assistance Programs
Having trouble managing your bills? DTE Energy, along with gov-
ernment and private agencies, offers programs that help keep you State Emergency Relief Program (SER): This program is available
warm in the winter. It is important to contact DTE Energy before year-round to assist low-income households that have a shut-off
your energy service is subject to shut off. If you are eligible for notice. For more information, contact the nearest Department of
financial assistance, contact a social service agency prior to enter- Human Services (DHS) office or call the Home Heating Hotline at
ing into a payment agreement because many agencies will not pro - (800) 292-5650.
vide assistance if shut off is avoided. Notify DTE Energy of your
efforts to obtain payment assistance. Earned Income Credit: This credit is available based on income
level and number of qualifying child dependents. To apply for the
Case Management: DTE Energy has a team of specialists available credit, you must file a federal income tax return with Schedule
to help low-income customers reduce their unpaid balances by pro EIC. You can receive part of the credit in your paycheck by com -
viding a personal payment plan, agency referrals and follow-up. To pleting a W5 form with your employer for Advanced EIC or apply
enroll, call (800) 545-8046. You must meet the following require for the credit at tax time. Please contact the Internal Revenue
ments: Service (IRS) to apply.
• An unpaid balance greater than $750
• No illegal usage Medical Emergencies: Shut off of an account due to non-payment
• Household income at or below 200 percent of federal income eli may be postponed up to 21 days due to a medical emergency.
gibility guidelines Written proof from a doctor or notice from a public health or social
services agency stating that service shut off will aggravate an exist-
Shut Off Protection Plan: This plan is available to all residential ing medical emergency must be provided. For more information,
customers regardless of income, and provides year-round protec- call (800) 477-4747.
tion from shut off. Enrollment requires monthly budget plan that
spreads out your future bills in 12 equal monthly payments, plus Double-Notice Protection Plan: Let DTE Energy send a duplicate
equal monthly payments on your remaining balance. Please con shut-off notice to a consenting friend, relative or agency. Your des -
tact DTE Energy customer service at (800) 477-4747 for further ignate is not responsible for paying the overdue bill; the duplicate
details. notice simply alerts them to take some action on your behalf. This
plan is helpful when an unexpected event, such as an extended
Credit Counseling: DET Energy works with GreenPath, a non-prof- vacation or a long hospital stay, may keep you from paying your bill
it consumer credit counseling service, which helps you develop a on time. Call (800) 477-4747.
budget to manage your money. For information, call (888) 235-1003.
Low-Income Weatherization: Assistance with home weatherization
Winter Protection Plan: The plan protects seniors and low-income may be available to those who meet the household income guide-
customers from service shut off due to non-payment between lines. Weatherization includes caulking, weather stripping and
November 1 and March 31. During this period, customers must pay insulation. Please contact United Way at 2-1-1.
a budget amount that consists of a portion of their estimated annu -
al bill plus regular payments on any past-due bills. After March 31, Affordable Rental Housing: Customers looking for affordable
the required bill payment will increase to cover the winter bills rental housing may use the free Michigan Housing Locator at
and must be paid in full before the next heating season. www.MIchiganHousingLocator.com.
To enroll, call DTE Energy between November 1 and March 31.
You must meet at least one of the following requirements: Link-up/Lifeline: Link-Up and Lifeline make basic local tele-
• Age 62 or older phone service more affordable for income-eligible individuals and
• Receive Department of Human Services case assistance families in Michigan. Contact your local telephone company.
• Receive food stamps
• Receive Medicaid Low-Income Home Interest Loans: For more information or to see
• Household income at or below 150 percent of the federal income if you qualify, contact the Michigan State Housing Development
eligibility guidelines listed on the chart below. Authority (MSHDA) at www.michigan.gov/mshda and click on the
Home Improvement link, or call (517) 373-8017.
Home Heating Credit (HHC) E-Filing: Eligible customers may
receive funds from the State of Michigan Treasury Department to Source: DTE Energy
apply toward their heating bills. To qualify, you must meet the
Home Heating Credit income guidelines. If you need help filing,
call DTE at (866) 200-2386 between January 15 and September 20,
2009. Please have your household income, birthdates and Social
Security numbers for yourself and your dependents available Energy Efficiency Tips
before calling. There are things you can do this winter to save money and stay warm.
Number of Federal Household Household Income Home Following these energy tips can help lower your energy bills.
Household Members Income Guidelines* Guidelines** Heating • Have your furnace inspected annually, ideally before the heating season
Credit begins. A well-maintained heating system runs more efficiently.
• Lower your thermostat while no one is home, or while everyone is in bed.
1 $15,600 $20,800 $11,440 Every degree you dial down could same 1% - 3% on your heating costs.
2 $21,000 $28,000 $15,400
• Install a programmable thermostat that can automatically adjust the tem-
3 $26,400 $35,200 $19,360
perature according to your schedule.
*Based on 150% of poverty level • You can reduce your home's heating and cooling costs by plugging air
**Based on 200% of poverty level leaks with caulking, sealing, or weather stripping.
Call (866) 200-2386 for guideline information for larger households. • Replace furnace filters regularly.
• Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs will
The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW): Customers who meet the get the same or better light output at a lower cost.
household income guidelines, are in shut-off status, and have • Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees.
exhausted all federal and state-funded programs, may be eligible • Wash and rinse your clothes in cold water instead of hot, to save on water
for assistance. The program began October 15, 2008, for customers heating costs.
who receive a shut-off notice. For assistance, contact one of the fol- • Use MyEnergy Analyzer, a simple to use and easy to understand online
lowing THAW fund administrators:
energy efficiency tool available at www.my.dteenergy.com to get cus-
• United Way: dial 2-1-1; cell phone users call (800) 552-1183
• THAW: (800) 866-8429 tomized energy savings tips and analyze your energy bills.
Winter 2009 S ENIORITY NEWS Page 7
Senior News from Wayne Make a Senior Smile Day
County 43 Wayne County communities, the house- 80-year-old Mr. and Mrs. Perryman of
On Saturday, to-house cleanup was facilitated through Detroit. "It was great," said Mrs.
November 8, Wayne the Detroit Area of Aging (DAAA) and The Perryman. "They raked and bagged at
County Commissioners, Senior Alliance (TSA). The event was cov- least 20 bags of leaves. They even came
students, and lawn ered by Fox-2 news. out the following Monday and picked
care professionals put "Make a Senior Smile Day" was initiat- them up."
on their sweatshirts, ed by the Wayne County Commission and One hundred and two year old Mary
work gloves and smiles myself to help older adults maintain their Fegnolia of Redford was also one of the
to participate in the independence and bring attention to the many seniors who received the Make a
"4th Annual Make A Wayne County Chore Services program, a Senior Smile Day services. "They did a
Senior Smile Day." program to assist older adults in need very nice job with my leaves" thanked the
Hundreds of dedicated with yard work (leaf raking, snow shovel- centenarian, "and everyone was very
volunteers, young and old came out in the ing, and lawn mowing) that they no longer sweet to me."
rain and cold to rake leaves, pull weeds, can get done by themselves. The more The rainy Saturday morning ended in
and generally spruce up the yards of independence our seniors have, the bet- many sunny moments all around. Every
grateful senior homeowners. ter our community will be. This program participant seemed to gain a warm expe-
During the seven-hour cleanup volun- is such a benefit to so many people who rience, eager to participate in the next
teers also distributed safety bags com- have difficulty doing daily chores. These Make a Senior Smile Day service event.
plete with flashlights, nightlights and volunteers truly improve the quality of For more information about the Wayne
smoke alarms. Seniors were also served life for these seniors." County Chore Services program, contact
a hot meal through the Wayne County More than a dozen high school volun- Lori Tooles-Carrington at The Senior
Meals on Wheels program. Available to all teers eagerly cleaned three lots owned by Alliance at (734) 727-2063.
October of every year, 2010, the Wayne are granted an
County Treasurer conducts a public auc- extension on the
tion of all tax foreclosed properties. If time allowed to pay
FROM PAGE 1 delinquent 2007 property taxes have still your taxes, you will
not been paid on your property it will be also be required to
warded to the County Treasurer for collec- listed as one of the properties available continue paying
tion. State law requires a 4% administra- for sale at this auction. Former owners interest charges
tion fee and 1% per month interest. For are allowed to register to bid on their throughout the
example: Unpaid 2007 property taxes were property, however they must follow the duration of the
forwarded to the County Treasurer as same rules and regulations as every other extension.
delinquent on March 1, 2008. On March 1, bidder. There will be no special privileges
2009, unpaid 2007 delinquent taxes will be or allowances granted to anyone simply Contact
forfeited to the County Treasurer. State because they are the previous owners of a Treasurer's Office Raymond J. Wojtowicz
law requires the addition of a $175 fee and property about to be auctioned. Wayne County Treasurer
$26 in recording fees. Interest is increased If you are facing
from 1% per month to 1.5% per month Options if you are foreclosure, trying
retroactively to the date the taxes became facing foreclosure to hide and act like it will all somehow go
delinquent. away is the worst thing you can do. What
Hardship Extension you need to do is get some help, and quick.
But seriously, when am I Except for a verifiable legal challenge One thing you can do is contact the
REALLY, REALLY late? proving that you do not owe the amount of Taxpayer Assistance Department at 313-224-
If your 2007 property taxes still aren't paid delinquent taxes the County says you owe, 6105. Taxpayer Assistance is an in-house
by March 1, 2010, then Circuit Court will applying for a hardship extension is one division at the Treasurer's Office dedicat-
enter a judgment of foreclosure against option offered by our office allowing you ed solely to assisting taxpayers in any way
your property. The only way to retain own- to hold onto your house while attempting they can.
ership of your property at this point is to to get caught up on your delinquent prop-
pay all of your delinquent property taxes, erty taxes. Once you have sought assistance, you may
including fees and interest, by March 31, find out that it's not as bad as you think.
2010. If you don't, title to your property IMPORTANT: If you believe you will need But if you decide to ignore the problem, it
will be passed to the County Treasurer. to apply for an extension, which will grant will definitely not go away. We're here to
you additional time to pay, up to one year, help, so let us help you.
So what happens now? please keep in mind that this is only an
During the months of September and extension, NOT an exemption. Even if you
the nursing facility may be eli- registered nurse and social please contact your local Area
Nursing gible for ongoing in-home
services based on separate
worker will assist people in
accessing resources that may
Agency on Aging or Single
Point of Entry for referral
FROM PAGE 1 program eligibility. Some pro- help them after the transition. information.
grams that may provide ongo- To make a referral or for Nursing Facility Transition
Household goods. Other items ing services are the MI Choice more information, please call Services are also available
required for a successful tran- Waiver, the Department of The Senior Alliance (TSA) at through the Centers for
sition from a facility to a com- Human Services Adult Home (734) 722-2830. TSA provides Independent Living. To reach
munity based environment Help program, Care service in western and south- the Disability Network Detroit
may also be available. Management or Case ern Wayne County. Services - Wayne County, please call
People who transition out of Coordination or Support. The are available statewide; (313) 923-1655.
Please support the frail elderly by advertising in the Seniority News. Call Bill at 734-467-1900.
Page 8 S ENIORITY NEWS Winter 2009
Al Keats Day: Project Heat
Last December marked the 22st consecutive year the
Southeast Michigan Air Conditioning Contractors of America
performed free furnace safety inspections, cleanings, repairs,
along with two replacement furnaces and one heat exchanger to
needy seniors throughout our local communities.
Fifteen companies and a total of 41 volunteer employees con-
tributed their time to complete 60 service calls in and around
our region. Over the past 22 years, it is estimated that the group
completed over 1,600 free service calls and installed approxi-
mately 62 free furnaces.
Thank you to all the volunteer mechanical contractor compa-
nies who participated in this outstanding community service
program this year: Slasor Heating & Cooling, Livonia; Day &
Night Heating & Cooling, Novi; Diversified Heating & Cooling,
Farmington Hills; Pritchard Inc, Livonia; A To Z Total Heating
& Cooling, Dearborn Heights; Liberty Total Comfort Systems,
Redford; A-1 Comfort Control, Farmington Hills; Dearborn
Heating & Cooling, Dearborn; Airtronic Heating & Cooling,
Redford; Flame Furnace Company, Warren; Family Heating &
Cooling, Garden City; Royal Oak Heating & Cooling, Royal Oak;
Squeaky Clean Ducts, Dearborn Heights; Mechanical Heating &
Cooling, Dearborn Heights; Curtis Air/Heat, Plymouth.
Recognition is also given to Williams Distributing for their
donation of two furnaces and Michigan Temperature Supply for
the donated heat exchanger. We have many safer and warmer
seniors in our area thanks to the efforts of all these individuals
Health Dates: Fridays 9:00-11:30am
March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 17
FROM PAGE 5 Inkster Senior Services
Inkster, MI 48141
St. John Medical Center Contact: Denise Champagne
22151 Moross, PB ste. 228 (313) 561-2383
Detroit, MI 48236 Dates: Wednesdays 10:30am to 1:00pm
Contact: Linda Hollern April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27
Dates: Mondays 1:00-3:30pm The National Kidney Foundation of
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6 Michigan and community partners also
offer the Enhanced Fitness Program which
Dearborn Senior Center Taylor, MI 48180 is a free, year-long exercise class to be held
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Contact: Lori Runkle throughout the state. A certified fitness
15801 Michigan Ave. (313) 291-7740 instructor will lead classes two times a
Dearborn, MI 48126 Dates: Fridays 12:30 - 3:30pm week to provide social stimulation as well
Contact: Ruth Gagel February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13 as physical benefits to participants. The
(313) 943-2034 program is geared toward improving fit-
Dates: Thursdays 9:30am-12:00pm CHASS-Tomando Control de su Salud ness and well-being of primarily older
April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 5635 W. Fort adults, although all adults are welcome.
Detroit, MI 48209 Call Kristie Lewis of the NKFM at (800)
Ford Senior Center Contact: Deliana Ilarazza 482-1455 for additional information or to
6750 Troy (313) 849-3920 register.
Winter 2009 S ENIORITY NEWS Page 9
Make a Senior Smile Day
Wayne County funded the "5th Annual Make a
Senior Smile Day" which turned out to be quite
a success. Approximately 150 volunteers set
out to manicure the yards of dozens of senior
citizens homes last Fall. Pictured back from L
to R: Deanna Spiteri, Celeste Marciniak, Dave
Ziulkowski, Commissioner Cavanagh, Linda
DeVore, TSA Program Manager; Amanda Pier,
TSA Program Specialist; & Bob Ross. Front L
to R: Mckenzie Spiteri, Lori Tooles Carrington,
TSA Program Specialist.
Diabetes: A Deadly Disease in Disguise
Stefanie P. Worth White six months, which measures quences of diabetes and fight-
American Diabetes Association how well they are managing ing for those affected by dia-
their diabetes over time. It is betes. The Association funds
Diabetes is one of those con- important to keep their eAG research to prevent, cure and
ditions you've probably heard less than 154 mg/dl or A1C manage diabetes; delivers serv-
of but perhaps don't know much less than 7 percent. ices to hundreds of communi-
about. You may know people • B is for Blood Pressure: ties; provides objective and
who have the disease, but People with diabetes should credible information; and gives
maybe they don't appear to be Diabetes and its symptoms have a target blood pressure voice to those denied their
suffering. Or perhaps their ail- of less than 130/80 mmHg. rights because of diabetes.
ments - to you - seem to be Diabetes is a disease in High blood pressure makes Founded in 1940, our mission is
attributable to other ills, the which the body fails to make or the heart work too hard and to prevent and cure diabetes
natural course of aging, or sim- properly use insulin, the hor- can cause damage to the kid- and to improve the lives of all
ple misfortune. mone required to help it use neys and eyes. Check at people affected by diabetes.
The truth that many people glucose (sugar) from carbohy- every doctor visit. For more information, please
fail to realize is that diabetes is drates in food. Glucose is the • C is for cholesterol: LDL call your local American
deadly. Yet, diabetes is the basic source of energy for the (bad) cholesterol should be Diabetes Association office at 1-
biggest public health crisis of body's cells. When glucose below 100 mg/dl; HDL 888-DIABETES (1-888-342-2383)
the 21st century and it contin- builds up in the bloodstream, it (healthy) cholesterol should or visit www.diabetes.org.
ues to grow to epidemic propor- can cause damage to other be above 40 mg/dl for men
tions. The death rate for dia- parts of the body, such as the and 50 mg/dl for women;
betes has continued to grow heart, kidneys, nerves, and triglycerides should be below
If you have one or more of the
since 1987, while the death eyes. Diabetes often goes undi- 150 mg/dl. Bad cholesterol,
following diabetes symptoms, visit
rates due to heart disease, agnosed because many of its or LDL, builds up and clogs
your doctor to get screened:
stroke and cancer have symptoms seem so harmless, or arteries, leading to heart • Frequent urination
declined. It is the leading do not show up until the late attacks and strokes. Check at
• Excessive thirst
cause of kidney disease, blind- stages of the disease. least once a year. • Extreme hunger
ness, and amputation, yet one- Certain populations, such as • Unusual weight loss
fourth of people who have it are Latinos, Asian Americans, The American Diabetes • Increased fatigue
unaware. African Americans, Pacific Association is leading the fight • Irritability
"These statistics confirm Islanders and Native against the deadly conse- • Blurry vision
what we already know: dia- Americans, have an increased
betes is one of this country's risk for developing diabetes.
most prolific and deadly dis- Other risk factors include being
eases," said Debbie O'Leary, overweight, living a sedentary
Senior Executive Director of lifestyle, having a family histo-
the American Diabetes ry of the disease, being over the
A s s o c i a t i o n ' s age of 45 and having a baby
Michigan/Northwest Ohio weighing nine pounds or more
office. "Diabetes touches all of at birth, or having had gesta-
us in some way, which is why tional diabetes.
we must continue to work Remembering the "ABCs of
together to find a cure for dia- diabetes" can help prevent or
betes and to improve the lives delay the onset of diabetes
of the nearly 24 million complications:
Americans affected by diabetes • A is for A1C: Most people
- nearly 800,000 of whom live in with diabetes should get an
Michigan." estimated Average Glucose
(eAG) or an A1C test every
Page 10 S ENIORITY NEWS Winter 2009
Social Security Retirement Estimator Named
Insight Best Online Service in Government
There's vate sector sites, such as Medicare Part B covers some Medicare is made up of four
never been a Amazon and Google. But for the medical expenses not covered parts:
better time new Retirement Estimator to be by Medicare Part A (hospital • Hospital insurance (Part A)
than the rated best in government just insurance), such as doctors' that helps pay for inpatient
present to two months after it was fees, outpatient hospital visits, care in a hospital or skilled
plan for your launched is a testament to how and other medical services and nursing facility (following a
retirement. easy and useful it is. supplies. hospital stay), some home
Why's that? The new Retirement When you first become eligi- health care and hospice
Because Estimator is available at ble for hospital insurance (Part care;
Social Security's Retirement www.socialsecurity.gov/estima- A), you have an initial enroll- • Medical insurance (Part B)
Estimator has just been rated tor and gives the public the ment period of seven-months in that helps pay for doctors'
the best online service in gov- opportunity to run accurate, which to sign up for medical services and many other
ernment! You can find it online personalized scenarios for insurance (Part B). After that, medical services and sup-
at www.socialsecurity.gov/esti- Social Security retirement ben- you have to pay a higher premi- plies that are not covered
mator. efits in a user-friendly way. um - unless the reason you by hospital insurance;
Every quarter, the University You also can create "what if" declined Part B was because • Medicare Advantage (Part C)
of Michigan conducts the scenarios. For example, you you were covered through an plans are available in many
American Customer can change "stop work" dates or employer's group health plan or areas. People with
Satisfaction Index for Federal expected future earnings to cre- a group health plan based on a Medicare Parts A and B can
websites. In their most recent ate and compare different spouse's employment. choose to receive all of
study, the index showed that retirement options that may be You are given another oppor- their health care services
Social Security's new online in your future. tunity to enroll in Part B during through one of these
Retirement Estimator ranked So experience it now by visit- the general enrollment period, provider organizations
as the best in government. ing Social Security's from January 1 to March 31 of under Part C; and
The online Retirement Retirement Estimator at each year. But each 12-month • Prescription drug coverage
Estimator is a convenient, www.socialsecurity.gov/estima- period that you are eligible for (Part D) that helps pay for
secure and quick financial tor. Medicare Part B and do not sign prescription medications.
planning tool that lets workers up, the amount of your monthly
calculate how much they might Medicare Part B Open Season premium increases by 10 per- Remember the Medicare Part
expect to receive in Social cent. B open season runs from
Security benefits when they If you are eligible for January 1 to March 31.
retire. The attractive new fea- Medicare Part B medical insur-
ture of this calculator is that it ance, but you didn't sign up for
eliminates the need to manual- it when you first became eligi-
ly key in years of earnings infor- ble for Medicare, you will have
mation. It's so easy to use. another opportunity to apply.
Several other Social Security Open season for Medicare Part
online services, including our B runs from January 1 until
online retirement application, March 31, 2009. Better to act
also are rated among the gov- early than late - if you miss the
ernment's top performers and deadline, you will have to wait
equal to the highest caliber pri- until 2010 to apply.
Your Long Term Care Questions Answered!
Are you looking for answers to questions about long-term
care (LTC) services or options? Are you a caregiver looking
for support services or are you interested in planning for the
Specialized long-term care information and assistance is
currently available in the 34 communities of southern and
western Wayne County. This service is sponsored by the
Detroit Wayne County Long-Term Care Connection
(DWCLTCC) in partnership with The Senior Alliance.
Anyone living in the service area can reach an information
specialist at (866) 642-4582 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday
through Friday. We specialize in providing information that
is targeted for each caller's LTC needs. Contact us today!
Winter 2009 S ENIORITY NEWS Page 11
Most Medicare payment that were never provided or Prevention Tips link in finding Medicare fraud.
errors are simple mistakes and received. You know better than anyone
are not the result of physicians, Some examples of Medicare To help prevent Medicare what healthcare services you
providers, or suppliers trying to fraud include: fraud, you should report sus- have received. Review your
take advantage of the Medicare • Billling Medicare or anoth- pected instances of fraud. Medicare Summary Notice
system. If you have a question er insurer for services or Whenever you receive a pay- when you receive it, and make
or concern regarding a items you never got. ment notice from Medicare, sure you understand all of the
Medicare claim submitted on • Billing Medicare for servic- review it for errors. The pay- items listed.
your behalf, you should discuss es or equipment which are ment notice shows what If you don't remember a pro-
it directly with your physician, different from what you got. Medicare was billed for, what cedure that is listed, you should
provider, or supplier that pro- • Use of another person's Medicare paid and what you first call your physician,
vided the service. Medicare card to get med- owe. Make sure Medicare was provider, or supplier that is list-
The vast majority of physi- ical care, supplies, or equip- not billed for health care serv - ed on the Medicare Summary
cians, providers, and suppliers ment. ices or medical supplies and Notice. Many times a simple
who serve people with • Billing Medicare for home equipment you did not receive. mistake has been made and can
Medicare are committed to pro- medical equipment after it The following is a list of tips be corrected by your physician,
viding high quality care to their has been returned. to prevent fraud: provider, or supplier's office
patients and to billing the pro- • Don't ever give out your when you call.
gram only for the payments they Detection Tips Medicare Health Insurance If your physician, provider, or
have earned. Claim Number (on your supplier's office does not help
However, there are a few You should be suspicious if Medicare card) except to you with the questions or con-
individuals who are intent on the provider tells you that: your physician or other cerns about items listed on your
abusing or defrauding • The test is free; he only Medicare provider. Medicare Summary Notice and
Medicare, cheating the program needs your Medicare num- • Don't allow anyone, except you still suspect Medicare fraud
(and in some cases the people ber for his records. NOTE: appropriate medical profes - or if you cannot call them, you
with Medicare who are liable For clinical laboratory tests, sionals, to review your med- should call or write the
for co-payments) out of millions there is no co-payment and ical records or recommend Medicare company that paid
of dollars annually. Medicare a provider may in good faith services. the claim. The name, address,
fraud takes a lot of money every state that the test is free, • Don't contact your physician and telephone number are on
year from the Medicare pro- since there is not cost to the to request a service that you the Medicare Summary Notice
gram. People with Medicare pay person with Medicare. do not need. (MSN) you receive, which shows
for it with higher premiums. • Medicare wants you to have • Do be careful in accepting what Medicare paid.
This section of the website is the item or service. Medicare services that are Before contacting the
dedicated to helping you to help • They know how to get represented as being free. Medicare claims processing
Medicare to avoid making inap- Medicare to pay for it. • Do be cautious when you company, carefully review the
propriate payments to fraudu- • The more tests they provide are offered free testing or facts as you know them and as
lent entities. the cheaper they are. screening in exchange for shown on the Medicare
Medicare is taking strong • The equipment or service is your Medicare card number. Summary Notice. Write down:
action to combat fraud and free; it won't cost you any- • Do be cautious of any • The provider's name and
abuse of the system in key thing. provider who maintains any identifying number you
areas. Our goal is to make sure they have been endorsed by may have.
Medicare only does business Be suspicious of providers the Federal government or • The item or service you are
with physicians, providers, and by Medicare. questioning.
suppliers who will provide peo-• Charge co-payments on clin- • Do avoid a provider of • The date on which the item
ple with Medicare with high ical laboratory tests, and on health care items or servic- or service was supposedly
quality services. Medicare covered preven- es who tells you that the furnished.
The effort to prevent and tive services such as PAP item or service is not usual- • The amount approved and
detect fraud is a cooperative smears, prostate specific ly covered, but they know paid by Medicare.
one that involves: antigen (PSA) tests, or flu how to bill Medicare to get • The date of the Medicare
• The Centers for Medicare & and pneumonia shots. it paid. Summary Notice.
Medicaid Services (CMS) • Routinely waive co-pay- • The name and Medicare
• People with Medicare ments on any services, other It is in your best interest and number of the person who
• Providers of Medicare serv- than those previously men- that of all citizens to report sus- supposedly received the
ices including physicians, tioned, without checking pected fraud. Health care item or service.
providers, and suppliers your ability to pay. fraud, whether against • The reason you believe
• State and Federal Agencies • Advertise "free" consulta- Medicare or private insurers, Medicare should not have
such as, the Department of tions to People with increases everyone's health paid.
Health and Human Services Medicare. care costs, much the same as • Any other information you
Office of the Inspector • Claim they represent shoplifting increases the costs may have showing that the
General, the Federal Medicare. of the food we eat and the claim for the item or service
Bureau of Investigation • Use pressure or scare tac- clothes we wear. If we are to should not have been paid
(FBI), and the Department tics to sell you high priced maintain and sustain our cur- by Medicare.
of Justice. medical services or diagnos- rent health care system, we
tic tests. must work together to reduce If you plan to write rather
Detection and Prevention • Bill Medicare for services costs. than call, clearly state at the
you did not receive. beginning of your letter that you
What is Fraud? • Use telemarketing and door- How to Report are filing a fraud complaint.
to-door selling as marketing This will help to ensure that
Medicare fraud is purposely tools. You, as the Medicare benefi-
billing Medicare for services ciary, are the most important See Fraud, page 12
Page 12 S ENIORITY NEWS Winter 2009
Fraud Fax: 1-800-223-8164 (no more
name, address and phone num-
ber etc. Details regarding the
• You report your suspicion
• Your suspicion is referred
than 10 pages) allegation should include the to the Inspector General's
FROM PAGE 11 office for review
basics of who, what, when,
Email: HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov where, why, and how. • The fraud you report isn't
your complaint is forwarded to You can also call the already being investigated
the fraud unit. Mail: Office of the Inspector Medicare/Medicaid Assistance • Your report leads directly to
General Program at The Senior Alliance the recovery of at least $100
Office of Inspector General HHS TIPS Hotline at (800) 803-7174 to discuss the of Medicare money
Hotline P.O. Box 23489 situation with a program coun- • You aren't related to people
To further assist you, the Washington, DC 20026 selor and receive assistance who work for certain
Office of the Inspector General with filing a report. Federal agencies.
maintains a hotline, which If you are attempting to
offers a confidential means for report specific information If the suspicious activity turns out For more information about
reporting vital information. The proving Medicare fraud, please to be fraud, you may be eligible this reward program, call
Hotline can be contacted: provide as much identifying for a reward of up to $1,000. 1-800-MEDICARE
information as possible regard- To be eligible for a reward, (1-800-633-4227).
Phone: 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800- ing your concern. Such infor- all of the following conditions
447-8477) mation should include subject's must be met:
Enhanced Driver's License Plan
Agreement signing clears way for Spring '09 availability
Michigan motorists will have State legislation authorizing • Applicants to provide docu- enhanced license or ID card
the option next year of apply- Land's department to pursue mentation demonstrating be guilty of a felony punish-
ing for an enhanced driver's the enhanced driver's license their U.S. citizenship, full able by up to five years in
license that also meets tougher plan with federal officials was legal name, Social Security prison.
federal document require- passed in February 2008. number and other informa- Visit www.Michigan.gov/sos
ments at America's borders. Under WHTI, all travelers - tion. for more information about
Secretary of State Land and including U.S. citizens - will • That a person making a false Secretary of State services and
U.S. Department of Homeland need to produce a passport or certification or statement requirements.
Security officials met last approved secure document to when applying for an
October in Detroit to sign a enter the country by land or
memorandum of agreement sea as of June 1, 2009. This
and a business plan that pave agreement is a move toward
the way for Michigan's making Michigan's enhanced
enhanced license program. license an approved secure
"This is a victory for document that denotes identity
Michigan families and job and citizenship. Because pass-
providers," Land said. "It ports cost in the neighborhood
offers motorists an affordable, of $100 and take weeks to
single-document option that receive, Land was concerned
meets their driving and border that providing no alternative
crossing needs. Equally would discourage people from
important, it allows commerce crossing the Michigan-Canada
between Michigan and Canada border for business and
to continue uninterrupted. I tourism.
applaud the U.S. Department Michigan's enhanced licens-
of Homeland Security for es and state-issued enhanced
being an outstanding partner ID cards will be voluntary and
and the Detroit Regional available only to Michigan res-
Chamber for its leadership. idents who also are U.S. citi-
With their support and the zens. While the actual cost has
efforts of all others involved, yet to be determined, the law
we're balancing customer and limits it to not more than $50.
economic needs with our Michigan will continue offer-
shared goal of a safer ing its standard driver's
America." license as well.
In June 2005, Land proposed Enhanced licenses will be
the creation of a driver's available at all Secretary of
license that also could be used State SUPER!Centers and
in lieu of a passport, making it other select branch offices
easier for residents of border beginning Spring 2009. The
states to meet federal Western law requires:
Hemisphere Travel Initiative • Security measures to protect
(WHTI) requirements for entry against unauthorized disclo-
into the United States through sure of personal informa-
land and sea ports of entry. tion.
Winter 2009 S ENIORITY NEWS Page 13
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The Senior Alliance (TSA) is a non- by contacting the Area Agency on Services are provided by The Senior Heights, Garden City, Huron Twp.,
profit agency designated as the Area Aging that serves that region. Alliance, noted with (TSA), unless Inkster, Livonia, Northville,
Agency on Aging (AAA) for western Information about AAA services otherwise listed. Northville Twp., Plymouth,
and southern Wayne County. nationwide can be obtained by call- Plymouth Twp., Redford Twp.,
Funding for agency services are pro- ing the toll-free Eldercare Locator at Adult Day Services Romulus, Sumpter Twp., Van Buren
vided primarily by the Michigan 1-800-677-1116. Website: www.elder- Adult Day Services provides a day- Twp., Wayne, Westland.
Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) care.gov. time program of social and rehabil- The Information Center (734)
and the Michigan Department of itative and/or maintenance servic- 282-7171 for the following commu-
Community Health. While many
programs have different qualifica-
The Senior Alliance es to functionally impaired elderly nities:
persons. Allen Park, Brownstown Twp.,
tion requirements, the information Service Network • Revival Outreach Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar,
primarily addresses the needs of The Senior Alliance Service Adult Day Services Grosse Ile Twp., Lincoln Park,
persons age 60 and older. Network includes programs and
Northville (734) 927-6605 Melvindale, River Rouge,
The agency is governed by a Board, services offered directly by agency
• Oakwood Hospital Riverview, Rockwood, Southgate,
with representatives from each of staff and service providers who are Adult Day Health Center Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven,
the communities in the service area. contracted by The Senior Alliance. Dearborn (313) 436-2440 Wyandotte.
The Board receives advice on senior These in-home and community- • Wayne County Senior
issues from an Advisory Council and based services are provided to assist
Corporate Committee. older adults maintain their inde-
Citizens Services Case Coordination
Adult Day Centers & Support
pendence and provide support to Westland (734) 727-7378 The Case Coordination & Support
caregivers. Contact the Information
Eldercare Locator Wyandotte (734) 285-6437 program assesses the eligibility of
& Programs Department at TSA for
To search for information or assis- • Woodhaven Retirement seniors for in-home services such
additional information about
tance for older adults in other areas Community as Personal Care, Homemaker,
Network services and other commu-
of the state or nation can be initiated Livonia (734) 261-9000 and Respite Care. (TSA)
Caregiver Support Chore Referral
Caregiver information and assis-
Giving Opportunities tance, support groups, individual
Seniors looking for home mainte-
nance assistance will be given the
to The Senior Alliance counseling, and/or education & names of independent workers
training services. Program details who have been asked to charge
Each and every gift made to The Senior vary among these providers. Call reasonable fees. Homeowners
Alliance - Area Agency on Aging 1-C each to determine the scope of make their own arrangements for
helps support seniors in need by pro-
viding meals to homebound seniors, programs offered. the work and payment for service.
offering care management to families •Adult Well-Being Services (TSA)
and outreach to seniors and caregivers (313) 924-7860
who are coping with the myriad of • The Information Center Chore Services
questions involving care. We rely on
individual contributions to help fund our
(734) 282-7171 The Wayne County Cares Chore
programs and services. We appreciate your • Wayne County Senior Citizens Services program provides snow removal,
interest in becoming a part of our family and (734) 727-7378 leaf raking, and lawn mowing.
thank you in advance for your generosity. Your gift • Wayne Metropolitan Community (TSA)
is tax-deductible as allowable by law. There are a num- Action Agency
ber of ways you can help:
(734) 246-2280" Congregate Meals
• Gifts of Cash • Neighborhood Legal Services Seniors can get a hot lunch on
of Michigan weekdays at any of 41 community
• Bequests through a will, trust or annuity (The Friends Society)
Elder Law & Advocacy Center lunch sites. The meals provide at
• General Contributions (313) 937-8291 least one-third of the
• Event support and sponsorship
Recommended Dietary Allowance
Care Management (RDA). Reservations must be
• Tribute gifts made in memory or honor of a loved one or friend Care Management is designed to made.
• Gifts of stocks, securities and mutual funds provide support and link services Wayne County Office
to older adults with complex needs of Nutrition Services
• Workplace giving campaigns who are at risk of nursing home (734) 727-7388 or (800) 851-1454
• Gifts of life insurance and IRAs placement. It includes an in-home
assessment by a registered nurse Elder Abuse Services
For additional information, please contact the TSA Program Manager at and social worker, followed by The service includes the provision
734) 722-2830. arrangements for service delivery. of public education, outreach, and
The Senior Alliance (734) 722- referral with respect to the preven-
2830 or (800) 815-1112 for the fol- tion of abuse, neglect, and
lowing communities: Belleville, exploitation of older individuals.
Canton Twp., Dearborn, Dearborn
Winter 2009 S ENIORITY NEWS Page 15
Neighborhood Legal Homemaker service includes education and personalized assis- tion), and basic care (assistance
Services Michigan assistance with tasks such as laun- tance to Medicare beneficiaries to with activities of daily living, routine
Elder Law & Advocacy Center dry, ironing, meal preparation, understand health coverage exercise regimen, and supervision
(313) 937-8291 shopping for necessities, and light options and resolve issues involv- of adherence to medication). (TSA)
housekeeping (dusting, vacuum- ing the Medicare and Medicaid
Gatekeeper Program ing, mopping floors, cleaning bath- programs. (TSA) (800) 803-7174 Senior Alliance
The Gatekeeper program is room and kitchen, and making Holiday Meals
designed to assist frail, isolated beds). Personal Care is designed MI Choice This program provides hot festive
and vulnerable older adults who to assist clients with tasks such as Waiver Program meals to homebound seniors on
have little contact with others and bathing, dressing, grooming, toilet- MI Choice Waiver is a home and Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter,
who may go unnoticed when they ing, transferring, eating, and community-based program for eligi- and Labor Day. SAHM is support-
need attention. The program ambulation. (TSA) ble adults who met financial and ed primarily through private dona-
involves the public in recognizing medical requirements. Each partici- tions. Meals are delivered by vol-
the signs that someone may need Information & Assistance pant can obtain basic Medicaid- unteers. (TSA)
help. (TSA) Information is given to individuals covered services and must receive
pertaining to in-home services, one or more MI Choice Waiver serv- Senior Center Staffing
Friendly Reassurance senior housing alternatives, and ices ongoing. Current individual The Senior Alliance provides funds
This program (also called Tele- other TSA and community services income limit is $2,022 per month for staff positions at senior centers,
Care) provides for regular tele- for older adults and their care - and countable assets of $2,000 or such as senior center director, pro-
phone contacts with homebound givers. Assistance is provided to less. MI Choice services are funded gram coordinator, or specialist.
older adults to assure their well- help understand and find appropri- by the Michigan Department of Contact TSA for information about
being and safety along with social ate human service providers that Community Health. (TSA) centers that are supported by
interaction. can best meet their needs. (TSA) agency funds.
Wayne County Senior Citizens Michigan Older American
Services (734) 727-7373 Kinship Caregiver Community Service Transportation
Service Area: Belleville, Canton Assistance Employment Program Transportation services allow older
Twp., Garden City, Inkster, Information and support services This program offers useful subsi- persons to access community
Plymouth, Plymouth Twp., to grandparents and/or relative dized part-time training opportuni- services, health care providers,
Romulus, Sumpter Twp., Van Buren caregivers age 60 and over who ties for low-income persons age 55 and shopping. Most communities
Twp., Westland. are legally responsible for children and over. Participants are placed at have some form of public trans-
Many other communities operate 18 years of age or younger. different community sites and portation for seniors and the dis-
their own Tele-Care programs. Adult Well-Being Services work/train an average of 20 hours a abled available. Services are limit-
(313) 924-7860 week. (TSA) ed to residents of their community.
Health Screening Neighborhood Legal Services • City of Flat Rock -
This service will provide seniors of Michigan Outreach Recreation Department
with a series of health tests at sev- Elder Law & Advocacy Center This program is designed to identify (734) 370-1450
eral community sites in the region. (313) 937-8291 and assist isolated older persons in • Inkster Senior Services
The tests are designed to identify the greatest social and economic (313) 561-2650
present or potential health prob- Legal Assistance need, access agency services. • City of Lincoln Park
lems. Provision of legal advice, represen- (TSA) (313) 386-3103
• ACCESS (313) 842-7010 tation and counseling on issues • Northville Parks & Recreation
• The Medical Team such as guardianship, power of Refugee Support Project (248) 349-4140
(800) 382-5940 attorney, age discrimination, enti- A project designed to assist older
tlements, etc. to older adults. No adult refugees to gain access to Vision Services
Hearing Impaired fee-generating or criminal cases TSA services and community pro- Provision of specialized vision
Services are handled. grams. (TSA) service for visually impaired per-
This service provides information Neighborhood Legal sons including help in learning to
on hearing loss, coping tips, Services Michigan Respite Care function independently.
speech reading lessons, and sign Elder Law & Advocacy Center This program provides relief to Greater Detroit Agency for the
language classes for people expe- (313) 937-8291 caregivers at home. The service Blind and Visually Impaired
riencing any level of hearing loss. includes attendant care (assistance (313) 272-3900
Deaf, Hearing and Impaired Long Term Care with toileting, eating, and ambula-
Services Voice: (248) 473-1888 Ombudsman
TDD: (248) 473-1875 Assistance to residents of long-
term care (LTC) facilities to resolve
Home Delivered Meals complaints; information about
Homebound seniors can receive a rights and rules; and referrals to
hot meal delivered to them on community resources. Assistance
weekdays. The meals provide to prospective LTC residents and
one-third of the Recommended their families regarding placement,
Daily Allowance (RDA). Liquid financing, and options.
meals are also available. Citizens for Better Care
Wayne County Office of (800) 833-9548 or (313) 832-6387
(734) 727-7357 or (800) 851-1454 Medicare/Medicaid
Homemaker & Personal (MMAP)
Care Services Trained volunteers provide free