Michigan Health Team Wants Elder, Disabled Input on How to Best Service During Pandemic

With those aged 60 and above comprising more than a third of all COVID-19 cases in Michigan and 87-percent of the deaths, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services wants to hear from that population on how the state can best meet their needs during the pandemic.

The Aging & Adult Services Agency at MDHHS is working to make sure programs and services available to Michigan’s older adults and persons with disabilities continue to meet their needs in the time of coronavirus.

In a bid to learn what those needs are, the agency is conducting a survey of Michigan residents aged 60 and over and with disabilities. MDHHS will use the results to improve programs and services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Dr. Alexis Travis, Senior Deputy Director of Aging & Adult Services Agency, says, “In Michigan, adults age 60 and over represent 35-percent of COVID-19 cases and, unfortunately, 87-percent of the deaths,” and adds, “We are looking to hear from both older adults and persons with disabilities how COVID-19 has impacted their daily lives.”

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Any Michigan resident who is age 60 or over and/or has a disability is invited to complete the online survey on the Aging & Adult Services website, however, take note that the survey closes this Friday, July 10th. A caregiver also can complete the survey on behalf of an older adult or person with a disability.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential and will be stored securely. Results will be reported in summary form only. Here is a direct link to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AASA_CIL_Survey