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.

 

Electric Outdoor Safety

Summer is a great time to get check off those ‘honey do ‘chores before the weather changes. Here are a few tips to remember about power lines to keep you safe.

Power lines are not insulated. If you touch a power line you will be severely injured or killed. Always assume a line is dangerous.

Avoid power lines when you: move a ladder, clean gutters, work on top of a building, install an antenna or satellite dish, or clean your pool.

Never trim a tree that has power lines running through it. If a tree branch breaks and lands on an electric line, don’t touch the branch or wire.

Fly kites and model airplanes away from radio antennas and electric lines.

Keep ladders, poles, pipes and other equipment at least 24 feet from power lines. Make sure a ladder or antenna won’t touch a power line if it falls.


Summer’s a great time to enjoy with family and friends.   Just make sure to play it safe by following some outdoor safety rules.  For indoor chores and minor home modifications, contact Senior Service’s Home Repair program at 382-0515. For an affordable fee, not only will you get your chores done, but you will have the peace of mind that comes from working with trusted, dependable, and caring people.

Summer’s here; Look and Feel Your Best!

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy these hot summer months.

Undo Sun Damage
: Cell-replacing veggies like tomatoes and broccoli “can help counteract the effects of ultraviolet rays” on your skin, says dermatologist Ava Shamban, M.D.

Sweeten Up naturally
. Summer’s fresh fruits make this the perfect season to cut back on unhealthy levels of sugar.

Tote your Shade.
Parasols are making a comeback, this time with added UV protection. Even an umbrella can block more than 75 percent of UV light.

Shun Pesticides.
Herbs such as dill, cilantro and mint, and flowers like zinnias and cosmos, keep garden pests at bay says Baltimore garden consultant Chrissa Carlson.

Kill Ticks on Clothing
. Toss clothes into the dryer for 15 minutes before you wash them.  Water doesn’t zap ticks; high heat does.

Take a hike.
A new study shows that short burst of exercise, like a 20 minute jog or bike ride, can increase self- control and boost decision making. Exercising moderately, about 60 percent of your maximum effort, increases blood flow to your brain, says lead author Lot Verburgh whose study appeared in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Good nutrition is the basis of good health. Why not try Food for All this summer. You don’t have to be over 60 to enjoy delicious meals, made from scratch with fresh ingredients, delivered to your door. Best of all, these affordable meals help fund meals for older adults in need.  Call us at 269-382-0515.

 


Summer - The perfect time to volunteer!

Summer is here, a great time to enjoy the outdoors, take day trips, work in the garden, and more.

For those with family and friends, it’s a great time to reconnect, but for many older adults who live alone, it’s a lonely time. If you are reading this article and think, ‘that’s me’, we have the perfect solution. Why not make this the summer you get out, and meet new people through volunteering.    

In a study recently published in the journal ‘The Gerontologist’, volunteers reported significant improvements in their mental health along with other benefits ranging from a greater feeling of productivity, to increased social activity, to an overall sense that their life had improved.

The study highlights the importance of offering emotionally meaningful volunteer opportunities for older adults and providing volunteers with adequate support and freedom.  Older adults find purpose, satisfaction, and good health later in life, at the same time they give back to society.

Senior Services offers some excellent volunteer opportunities through:  RSVP – your invitation to Volunteer, a Governor’s Award winning program, and Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs which have long been recognized as exemplary volunteer opportunities. Just call 382-0515 and ask for Tracie or Karen; they will be happy to talk to you.

Summer if the perfect time to start – the weather’ great, roads are clear, and the opportunities are endless. Make THIS the summer that you pass on your talents and years of experience.  Make THIS the summer that you meet new friends, volunteer in your community, and have fun while making a difference!   


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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