AARP asked the candidates for governor of Michigan how they would encourage age-friendly communities, increase broadband access across the state, and increase funding for home and community-based services.
QUESTION 1: An Age-Friendly community is one that is safe and secure for people of all ages, and that offers a wide range of affordable, safe and accessible housing options, transportation options, recreational and entertainment venues, satisfying work and volunteer opportunities, and health and long-term care services that allow people to remain in their communities as they age. What steps will you take to make Michigan a more Age-Friendly state?
QUESTION 2: Broadband, a high-speed Internet service, should be available to everyone regardless of where they live. Broadband Internet access is especially important in rural communities to overcome isolation, bring access to health care, and bridge long distances. How will you assure Michiganders have access to affordable, reliable, high speed Internet service, including those living in rural areas? What will you do to promote broadband expansion in Michigan especially in unserved and underserved communities?
QUESTION 3: The overwhelming majority of Michigan residents want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. One way to ensure that they don’t have to move from their homes is to redirect more state spending into home and community based services (HCBS), and away from more costly nursing home care. Medicaid dollars can support nearly three older adults or people with disabilities in HCBS for every one person in a nursing home. Access to HCBS can also be the difference that allows an individual’s family caregiver to remain in the workforce, avoiding lost productivity for Michigan businesses. How will you help expand Michigan seniors’ access to quality services provided at home and in the community?