Creating Community for a Lifetime
Creating Community for a Lifetime
Update Report December, 2005

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Kent County Update: Senior Millage Proposal

CCFL Update


Michigan Update

The Big Picture


Kent County Update: Senior Millage Proposal

A proposal to renew the senior millage for eight years will be on the ballot in Kent County in August 2006. The Kent County Commission agreed unanimously last month to place the proposal on the ballot calling for an increase from 0.25 mills to 0.33 mills. The millage funded services for nearly 12,000 older adults last year, a 25 percent increase from five years ago.

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Creating Community for a Lifetime Sponsors

Ensuring Kent County is a community that optimizes quality of life, independence and choice for older persons and all residents through collaborative planning and community action.

  • CCFL Update
  • The final two work groups are finishing up their draft recommendations for consideration by the Core Council later this month. Visit the current activities page of the initiative website for complete details on each work group.

    Physical Activity and Nutrition Work Group

    The Physical Activity and Nutrition work group is addressing the issue of health and wellness, the benefits of illness prevention, access to healthy food choices, and the need for programs and policies to support choices and activities that ensure elders remain healthy and active as long as possible. The work group is co-chaired by Margaret Biersack and Tom Oosterbaan and is expected to finish their recommendations shortly. Click here for more information.

    Access to Health Care Work Group

    Co-chaired by Paul Ippel and Teresa Branson, the Access to Health Care work group is wrapping up their work. The group is addressing the issue of unmet mental and physical health needs, use of screening and basic medical care, and financial issues related to medications, in order to ensure elders are healthy and their quality of life is enhanced. Click here for more information.

  • Calendar
  • CCFL Meeting Dates

    For a complete listing of all upcoming CCFL meeting dates click here.

    Learning Opportunities

    Click here for a listing of upcoming forums and conferences throughout the region.

  • Michigan Update
  • „Wake the town, tell the people!š: Focus on Health Promotion/Disease Prevention as a Means of Aging in Place

    In its 2005 annual report to the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging (CSA), the State Advisory Council on Aging added a seventh factor to what it considers the components of an „elder-friendly communityš: health promotion/disease prevention programs for all ages. The Council calls upon the aging network, service providers, and health care providers to be the „town crierš to reach older adults with the message that „it‚s never too late to make healthy choices.š Read more...

  • The Big Picture
  • Health and Wellness in the „Bonus Yearsš: CCFL Work Groups Point the Way

    While our October CCFL Community Forum speaker, Abigail Trafford, places emphasis on life planning and social and civic engagement opportunities for older adults during their „bonus years,š she is quick to point out some of the potential roadblocks. In fact, one of her „Ten Tipsš is to „watch out for depressionš and she speaks passionately about „the need to find ways as a society to meet the needs of the increasing population of frail elders.š

    Several CCFL work groups have been exploring ways to engage older adults in Kent County in wellness activities as well as strategies for providing broader access to comprehensive, quality health care services. This month‚s Big Picture highlights a few of the model programs and research that work groups studied in developing their recommendations.

    New Comprehensive Care Program Slated to Open in 2006
    A partnership of five Kent County organizations is moving forward with plans for Care Resources, a comprehensive health care program for older adults who need assistance with chronic health conditions and activities of daily living. Read more...

    Two Reports Summarize Current Research and Promising Practices in Addressing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Among Older Adults
    „The majority of older adults with substance abuse or mental health problems do not receive the treatment they need,š according to an August, 2005 report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Among Older Americans: The State of the Knowledge and Future Directions. „Unfortunately, the gap in services for older adults is even more pronounced in the area of prevention,š the report says, „...[which] has tended to reflect the common age bias that prevention applies to the young, but not the old.š Read more...

    ElderLynk: Because Rural Health Care is Different
    When geriatric psychologist Rene McGovern began developing a mental health project to reach older adults in rural northeastern Missouri, she quickly realized that her experience designing outreach strategies in Cleveland, Ohio, would not necessarily apply. Read more...

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