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.

 

Tuesday Toolmen and Hackett Catholic Prep Students Team Up to Volunteer


April 24, Global Youth Day was a great opportunity for Senior Service’s Tuesday Toolmen and students from Hackett Catholic Prep, to get together and volunteer in the community.

Under the guidance of the Toolmen, 15 students, working in 5 student teams,  removed a ramp in Parchment donated for re-use, and built  a new ramp for a customer on the East side. Others helped out with spring cleaning projects at Senior Services, coordinated by Tammy Rowe, Facilities Supervisor.

According to Scott Aldrich, Tuesday Toolmen volunteer and participant, the day was a great success! “They worked hard and were perfect gentlemen – what more could we expect from Hackett students? We certainly appreciated the student’s help and the Toolmen‘s guidance. It was a great day and we got a lot done!


For information about the Tuesday Toolmen or opportunities for collaborations, contact Brian Penny, Toolmen Manager at 382-0515.

 

 

April – Stress Awareness and Management Month


There are many themes for the month of April, but none more important than ‘Stress Awareness & Management month. Here are a few tips to help you manage stress from Lisa Franzen-Castle, RD, PhD, Nutrition Specialist.

Know your limits.  Learn to say no. Taking on more that you can handle is a great recipe for stress.

 

Alter stressful situations. Express your feelings in an open and respectful way. When you ask someone to change, be willing to compromise and do the same.

 

Try changing how you react.  Adapting to stressful situations can help regain your sense of control by altering your expectations and attitude.  

 

Nurture yourself.  Set side time to relax daily. Do something you enjoy whether it’s going for a walk, calling a friend, reading, etc. Concentrate on all the things you appreciate in your life; your own positive qualities and talents.

 

Increase your resistance to stress.  Exercise regularly and eat a balance diet. Keep your energy up and mind clear with nutritious meals and snacks

 

Stress is defined as mental, emotional, or physical tension or strain and too much can negatively impact health. Make a conscious effort to look at the positive aspect of a situation to lower and manage stress. Learn to listen and not just react in order to get your point across.

 

Looking for ways to relax? Senior Services offers Yoga and Tai Chi, which incorporate gentle movements of body, weight and deep breathing. Research shows people who practice Yoga or Tai Chi several times weekly may receive health benefits such as stress relief, improved balance and mental focus, strengthened muscles and increased flexibility.

 

Call 382-0515 and sign up for a stress-relieving class today!

 

 

Scott Ward, Senior Services’ Chef/Food Service Manager Wins Top Community Award

 

Chef Scott recently competed in the Ministry with Community’s "Chefs Against Hunger" challenge and brought home the Gold!  The mystery basket style competition allowed Scott only 45 minutes to plan and prepare a three course meal.  Each course had to incorporate the two surprise ingredients, Cheez-Its and eggs. The challenge is designed to replicate the challenges of everyday cooking at Ministry with Community; having a very limited pantry of ingredients and an overabundance of certain donated items. 

 

Chef Scott was the first Chef in the nine years of the event to get a perfect score in all of the judged areas.  His first place win was followed with a tie for second between the Chefs from Bravo! Restaurant and Food Dance.  Other Chefs in the competition represented: BOLD, The Union, The Radisson, Comensoli's, Gonzo's, Arcadia Brewing and Feed The World Cafe. Congratulations Chef Scott for a job well done!

 

  

7th Annual Charity Golf Event June 1st


Register online here or print and fax/mail our brochure


Senior Services of Southwest Michigan is happy to announce the sponsors already in place for our 7th Annual Charity Golf Event at Gull Lake Country Club.

Sponsors:

- Title:  New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living,
- Signature:
Langeland Family Funeral Homes,
- Dinner:
Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU),
- Gift Bag:
The Laurels of Galesburg,
- Golf Cart:  
Allegra Print & Marketing

- Snack Cart:  Bronson Healthcare,
- Lunch: Life EMS,

- Breakfast: Kalamazoo Community Foundation,

- Golf FORE Seniors: Borgess Health,

- Closest to the Hole: Benefits Planning Group,
- Best of Care:
Corey’s Bootery.
 

We sincerely thank these Sponsors for partnering with us for our 2015 Charity Golf Event.


More sponsorship opportunities are available! Sponsorships help us raise funds to serve older adults in our community. Help us help those in need while enjoying a great day of golf, food and friends at beautiful Gull Lake Country Club!

If you would like to sign up to golf or sponsor NOW, just click on ‘7th Annual Charity Golf Event’ at top or ‘Early Bird Registration’. You can also call Tonee at 382-0515 x162 or Kathleen x114 if you have any questions.


Big Early Bird registration ($100 a player and $400 a team) ends March 31st  - Starting April 1 its $125 per player and $500 team.  


Come Join us on Monday June 1st 2015 Gull Lake Country Club ~ Golf for a Good Cause!

 

 

The latest "Best of Care" Catalog is 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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