November 2017: Long-Term Care Awareness Month

WHEREAS, long-term care consists of a variety of medical and non-medical services to help meet the health or personal needs of ill, disabled or elderly citizens; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s Medicaid program covers long-term care benefits including nursing facility services, home and community based waiver services, personal care services, private duty nursing, and hospice; and,

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, citizens age 60 and older represent nearly 20 percent of Michigan’s total population as well as the fastest growing age group in Michigan. The number of residents which are of the age 75 and older will double by 2040 and fuel an unprecedented need for long-term services and support; and,

WHEREAS, 1.3 million adults in Michigan are caring for family members needing long-term care; and,

WHEREAS, as Michigan’s aging population grows at an unprecedented rate and continues to live longer than at any other time in our history, we raise awareness of long-term care in Michigan and encourage all to recognize the importance of planning for future health care needs;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2017 as Long-Term Care Awareness Month in Michigan.