Senior Services of Southwest Michigan
Meeting the needs of Older Adults and those with disabilities in Southwest Michigan

Who we are ...


Senior Services is one of the largest and most comprehensive organizations serving older adults and persons with disabilities anywhere.  We provide vital, life sustaining services to our clients.  Serving Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties, as well as other portions of Southwest Michigan, our organization has been caring for those in need for over 50 years.  Our integrated model of care helps keep our clients living safely within their own homes.  With just one call to Senior Services a complete array of services become available.  When you call Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, "One call does it all".
To learn more about our nationally recognized organization or any of our services, please click on the name of any of the programs in the column on the left side of every page of our website.  Click here to view our Mission, Vision and Values.

 

Reinventing MI Retirement Event a Great Success

Senior Services of Southwest Michigan was proud to host ‘Reinventing MI Retirement’ on Monday October 20th brought to us by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS).  

 

A packed house of participants, some nearing retirements, others already retired or helping someone with retirement issues, listened to a number of excellent presentations on retirement planning. Participants also had the opportunity to meet with an advisor for a one-on-one consultation, and gather additional information at Community Resource tables. A highlight of the event was the unveiling of the hot-off-the-press 100 page ‘Reinventing MI Retirement Toolkit’ of resources and tools to help achieve financial security.  This was one of 8 events that were held concurrently across the state of Michigan. In addition to DIFS, other collaborators include: Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA), Michigan Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and numerous other financial and community organizations around the state. This event was made possible with financial support from AARP and others.


The event was deemed a great success by both presenters and participants. People unable to attend can obtain a copy of the toolkit by contacting DIFS at 877-999-6442 or print a copy from the DIFS website at www.michigan.gov/difs

 

Senior Companion, Foster Grandparents Celebrate Milestone Events


This month two of our agency programs are celebrating milestone anniversaries.  This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Senior Companion Program (SCP) and the 15th anniversary of the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP). Both programs were initiated on a national level as part of the “War on Poverty” in the early 1960’s and 1970’s.

Each program utilizes the life experience and knowledge of low income older adults as volunteers to provide one-to-one support to adults with special needs, helping them to maintain the highest level of independence possible and to children, helping them reach their full potential. 

To help offset the cost of volunteering, Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents receive a TAX-FREE hourly stipend of $2.65/hour.  Volunteers in both programs commit to 15-40 hours of service weekly and are assigned to 5-10 individuals. 

In both programs 35-40 volunteers provide an average 39,500 of service each year. Volunteer commitment in these programs is strong with almost 50% of our current volunteers having served 5 or more years and 7 volunteers have served more than 10 years.  Congratulations to all those involved with the Senior Companion and/or Foster Grandparent Program serving as a valuable community resource for many years!   


 

Medicare Open Enrollment

Each year Medicare holds an open enrollment period where Medicare beneficiaries can change Medicare Part D plans.  This year the open enrollment period is from October 15, 2014 to December 8, 2014. Plans adjust their premium costs and what they cover often, so even if you have been enrolled in a Part D prescription plan previously, it’s a good idea to review your plan annually during this open enrollment period. Even changes in the medications that you are taking can be a good reason to review and compare each year. 

Senior Services’ Medicaid/Medicare Assistance Program (MMAP) is composed of trained volunteer counselors who assist with Medicare, Medicaid, supplemental insurance, long term care and prescription coverage options at no charge.  For more information about MMAP or Open Enrollment, just call 382-0515 ext. 201 if you reside in Kalamazoo County, or call 1-800 803-7174 to be directed to a counselor in your County.  

 

Tuesday Toolmen Celebrate 20 years of Service

Senior Services hosted the 20th Anniversary Celebration of our own Tuesday Toolmen on Tuesday, September 23.

 

The Tuesday Toolmen are a group of retired individuals that unselfishly volunteer their skills, talents and tools to provide emergency home repairs and safety and accessibility modifications to low-income seniors in Kalamazoo. Last year the Toolmen volunteered a total of 2,231 hours of service to the community. Each of the Toolmen, who range in age from 63 – 88 years young, brings a unique set of skills and knowledge to the program.  

 

“I look forward to each Tuesday and working with these guys” says volunteer coordinator Brian Penny. “They donate their time and talents to help make the world a little better place for older adults in our community.  I tell them, when I grow up, I want to be a Tuesday Toolmen!”

 

 

Join us in supporting United Way!


The United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region is working hard on the annual campaign, but their work is actually year round. 

Join Senior Services and others in our region who are supporting this year's campaign.   

View this year's video and find out how you can get involved, visit www.changethestory.org 

 

The latest "Best of Care" Catalog is now available on-line...


You can click here to view Southwest Michigan's premier catalog of resources for older adults. 
This outstanding publication is in high demand and now you can access it from anywhere via the web.  You can also pick up your free copy at our offices in Kalamazoo.  We are located at 918 Jasper Street, just south of downtown Kalamazoo.  We are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


Senior Safety Booklet is now available on-line...


CLICK HERE to view the latest edition of the Triad Senior Safety Tips booklet. For older adults and the people who care or them, this booklet is making the community safer, with 22 current safety topics, and several Kalamazoo County resources and directories.
You'll always be able to find the link to the Senior Safety Tips booklet in the column on the left side of every page of our website under the "Other Important Resources" heading.  You can also pick up free copies at our main offices at 918 Jasper Street in Kalamazoo during business hours.  You can also contact Traci Furman at 269-382-0515, extension 123.



      

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Senior Services is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and is a long standing member of the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce.  Senior Services is also accredited by the Better Business Bureau of West Michigan.


                

 

 

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