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Senior Times - December 2020
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WORKING FOR YOU IN 2020
It’s been a stressful year for so many, but I am thankful that each of you pushed through and are preparing for 2021. Hopefully next year will be a comeback year for all of us.
ing liability protection for businesses that follow recommended health and safety guidelines.
The State Legislature is wrapping up its 2020 season. I wanted to take a few moments to highlight some of the Senate Republican’s efforts to combat COVID-19. In 2020, we:
• Extended unemployment benefits for the thousands who were out of work through no fault of their own.
• Passed bipartisan bills to reverse Gov. Whitmer’s policy of exposing nursing homes to the virus.
• Ensured coronavirus testing is readily available.
• Reduced the cost of childcare for families and helped childcare facilities remain open.
• Hired more temporary workers to fix the unemployment system that failed when Michigan families needed it most.
• Created a grant program to help local businesses stay open and keep Michiganders employed.
shutdowns of our economy:
• Encouraged safe workplaces by ensur-
 • Extended the state and local income tax filing and payment deadlines for most individuals and businesses.
              • Supported restaurants through the cre- ation of special districts where estab- lishments can stay open with social distancing guidelines.
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  We also protected those who protect us during the pandemic:
• Passed a bill to provide front-line
We are moving swiftly into flu season, and U.S. health officials are urging Americans to get their flu shot this year in the hopes of pre- venting a winter “twindemic” – a situation in which both influenza and COVID-19 spread and sicken the public. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine, with rare exceptions.
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Flu shots are quick, easy and offered free at many pharmacies in Calhoun County, with or without insurance. Additionally, due to COVID-19 con- cerns, several places are offering drive- through flu shots this year.
patients with liability protection.
• Provided hazard pay to local public
safety officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the crisis.
To find a provider closest to you, visit the CDC’s Flu Vaccine Finder website and type in your ZIP code, or call your primary health care provider to set up an appointment. For more information on how to protect yourself this flu season, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.
• Increased pay for nursing home and Area Agencies on Aging workers.
• Provided funding to ensure nursing
homes, long-term care, and other medical facilities have the protective equipment and testing they need.
If you are in need of assistance with state government offices, please contact my office at (517) 373-2426.
Finally, we helped Michigan busi- nesses that were ravaged by extended
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Senior Phone Pals is a new col- laborative program to help seniors experiencing symptoms of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative recognizes that being stuck
at home can have a significant impact on the mental health of seniors across the community. Through this program the caller can help seniors to know that they aren’t alone and they have support even if they can’t meet with others personally because they have made the choice to stay at home and to stay safe.
This free service connects mature adults with a listening ear and a friend- ly voice from a Pines Behavior Health employee. This program is available for Branch County seniors who may be feeling lonely and desire someone to chat with on a regular basis. To get connected call (517) 227-4933.
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by Region 3C Area Agency on Aging, Branch County Commission on Aging at Burnside Senior Center, and Pines Behavioral Health.
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