Wes Nakagiri

Livingston County Commissioner 

This 36-page publication is a collection of various laws and programs that specifically address services designed to help the elderly in Michigan. 

Some of the topics covered are tax credits, Medicaid and Medicare, nursing homes and other long-term care options, consumer protection, housing, transportation, employment, and senior discount programs. This booklet also contains a list of agencies that serve as a focal point for community services and programs for senior citizens.

To provide an overview of topics covered, the booklet's Table of Contents is included below. To read more about each topic please click here to download this booklet as an Adobe PDF file. Note: You need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to view this booklet. 

This booklet was published in 2018 by the Michigan Legislature in Lansing. Hard copies of this booklet, titled "Services for Seniors - Laws and Programs for Senior Adults" may still be available. Please contact your State Representative or State Senator.


Tax Credits 1
Financial Hardship Property Tax Exemption 1
Homestead Property Tax Credit 1
Renters' Tax Credit1 3
Tax Deferments 3
Home Heating Credit 4
Health Care 5
MiRx Card 5
Prescription Drug Assistance Under the Medicare Program 5
Medicare Program 6
Medicare Savings Programs 6
Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program 7
Health and Nutrition Services 7
State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program 8
Respite Care - Adult Day Services 9
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) 10
PACE Providers 11
Consumer Protection 13
Legislation 13
Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors 13
Title III-B Legal Assistance 13
Nursing Facility Legislation 14
Elder Abuse 14
Housing 15
Home Repair 15
Rental Lease Breaking 15
Residential Living 16
Living Transition Programs 16
Transportation 17
Safe Driving 17
Energy 18
Senior Community Service Employment Program 20
Money 21
Additional Savings 21
Senior Discount Programs 21
Direct Deposit of Social Security Payments 22
Direct Deposit of Income Tax Refunds 22
Personal Needs 23
Emergency Preparedness 23
Volunteer Programs 24
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program 24
Foster Grandparent Program 24
Senior Companion Program 25
Government Agencies Assisting Seniors 26
Additional Services from the Office of Services to the Aging 26
Local and County Area Agencies on Aging 28