November 2013: 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; and the fastest growing age group in Michigan, those age 75 and older, will double by 2040 and fuel an unprecedented need for long-term supports and services; and,

WHEREAS, 1.4 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 time in our history, we raise awareness of long-term care matters in Michigan and encourage citizens to recognize the importance of planning for future health care needs;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2013 as Long-Term Care Awareness Month in Michigan.