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Elder abuse is a significant pub- lic health problem and one that the Calhoun County Senior Millage pro- vides assistance to by its support of preventative programs.
to help individuals remain financially independent and economically self-suf- ficient as well as avoid financial abuse and exploitation, and is provided at our clients’ request. Participating individu- als remain in control of their finances, and Guardian has no authority other than to counsel.
Hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, exploit- ed, or neglected each year in the United States, with recent statistics suggesting it has impacted approximately 10 per- cent of the elderly population. Making matters worse is that this abuse most often comes from family or friends.
These programs are supported by the Calhoun County Senior Millage, and in turn support the Senior Millage’s goals of Safety, Dignity, and Independence.
At-risk adults are particularly vul- nerable to situations that can result in major health problems and/or loss of independence. Harmful situations include:
• Homelessness
• Emotional abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Physical abuse
• Financial and asset exploitation
• Neglect
• Self-neglect
SAFETY: The core reasons for guard- ianship, payee, and money management services center on physical, mental and/ or emotional safety as well as protec- tion of finances and possessions.
At-risk adults are normally impaired by agedness, dementia, emotional disabilities, learning dis- abilities, physical disabilities, sub- stance abuse, or other stressors and require special help to safeguard their well-being and possessions.
• No matter what the role (guardianship, representative payee, money man- agement), our goal is to give seniors maximum independence while fulfill- ing responsibilities on their behalf.
For people without trusted and will- ing family members, that help comes from outside agencies and private com- panies.
• Provided services are vital to assure seniors’ basic needs are met, and that those needs are not compromised by neglect, financial mistakes, and/or predators.
Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services is one of these agencies, and has been serving Calhoun County from its main office in Battle Creek for more than 50 years.
• Through these programs, seniors are able to worry less about their well-be- ing and safety.
Our guardianship program safe- guards vulnerable individuals from harm and assures that their basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, and medi-
cal care are met. We help make these decisions while allowing individuals to maintain as much of their independence as possible.
• Clients’ choices and preferences are always foremost as Guardian fulfills its responsibilities to them.
Payee services, which are authorized by the Social Security Administration, are included under guardianship services. As representative payee, Guardian manages benefit incomes
for those who need assistance in pay- ing bills and budgeting to ensure their physical, mental, financial, and social well-being.
• Seniors remain in their own homes longer by avoiding serious financial mistakes and exploitation. Guardian always seeks the least-restrictive liv- ing arrangements for the seniors it serves.
Guardian also offers a Money Management Assistance Program (MMAP), providing one-on-one assistance with benefit acquisition,
Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cor- poration that has been a trusted ser- vices provider in Southwest Michigan since 1966. We provide a complete net- work of public fiduciary services, and our professional and compassionate staff is dedicated to improving the lives of Calhoun County seniors. We are grateful that the community supports our work to prevent elder abuse and exploitation through the Senior Millage.
DIGNITY: Guardian’s staff works with complete respect for each client’s dig- nity, especially when providing sugges- tions and instruction or just listening to his or her concerns.
• When feasible, individual meetings are held in seniors’ own homes or liv- ing quarters to keep them where they are most comfortable and feel most in control.

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