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Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services (Guardian) has been a trusted service provider in Southwest Michigan since 1966.As a 501( c )3 nonprofit corporation, our professional and compassionate staff provides a complete network of public fiduciary services to improve the lives of more than 1,200 clients each year.
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693 Capital Ave. SW, Unit #3 Battle Creek, MI 49015
                   STATE HOUSE
State Rep. Jim Haadsma, District 62
This is a difficult, unprecedented period in our country’s history. And although I am confident we will come out the other side as a stronger community, the challenges
people are facing today all throughout our state are significant. I want to assure you that my colleagues and I are aware of this, and we remain committed to doing every- thing we can to provide support and relief in these trying times. We will all get through this together.
Dana Nessel created the “Elder Abuse Task Force,” which is a joint effort by elected officials and law enforcement across the state to stop elder abuse. This task force created a standardized reporting and inves- tigation procedure the state previously lacked, and will go a long way toward ending this issue for good. The Elder Abuse Task Force initiatives can be found at Elder_Abuse_Task_Force_Initiatitives_ linkedpurple_654514_7.pdf.
The most vulnerable population during this pandemic is our older adults. Although the issue of elder abuse is not specific to our current situation, the importance of address- ing the issue has never been more import- ant. Our seniors have enough to deal with right now, and abuse of any kind would only add to the weight of the situation.
In late 2019, one of my colleagues
also introduced a bill to help prevent the financial exploitation of our seniors. The bill would allow broker-dealers and invest- ment advisors to place temporary holds on funds when they have reason to believe financial abuse is taking place. According to the American Bankers Association, senior financial abuse cost victims around $3 billion across the U.S. last year alone. Especially in the current times, this is an issue we cannot take lightly.
Officials say more than 73,000 residents are victims of elder abuse each year, and an estimated one in every 10 older adults will become a victim of elder abuse in their life- time. And although we can all agree this is a pressing issue, the signs of elder abuse can be difficult to recognize, and the ways in which the abuse is carried out vary greatly. That’s why I believe it is so important to increase awareness of the threats posed by elder abuse. When we are all aware of the signs to look out for, and the ways in which we can help, we have taken a crucial step
To report elder abuse, call (855) 444- 3911. For elder abuse resources, call (800) 24-ABUSE. For more information, visit the Elder Abuse Task Force page on the Attorney General’s website at 0,4534,7-359-82917_92157---,00.html.
toward solving the issue in the long-term. Earlier this year, Attorney General
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Vonda VanTil, Special to Senior Times
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 On Memorial Day, our nation honors military service members who have given their lives for our country. Families, friends, and communities pause to remember the many great sacrifices of our military and ensure their legacy lives on in the freedoms we all enjoy.
will expedite your disability claim. Both the Department of Veteran Affairs and
the Social Security Administration have disability programs. You may qualify for disability benefits through one program but not the other, or you may qualify for both. Depending on your situation, some of your family members, including your depen- dent children or spouse, may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits.
The benefits we provide can help the families of military service members. For example, widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivor’s benefits. Learn more at
Visit for answers to commonly asked questions or to find information about the application pro- cess.
We also offer support to our wounded warriors. Social Security benefits protect Veterans when an injury prevents them from returning to active duty or perform- ing other work. Wounded military service members can receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims. Are you a Veteran with a 100% Permanent & Total compensation rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs? We
Military service members can receive Social Security benefits in addition to their military retirement benefits. For details, read the Military Service page of our Retirement Planner, available at www.ssa. gov/planners/retire/veterans.html.
Please share this information with the military families in your community. To the Veterans who bravely served and died for our country, and to the military service members who serve today, we honor and thank you.
   703 Capital Ave., SW, Battle Creek • 269-962-5191

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