On August 7 when you visit the polls to vote, the Midland County Senior Millage will be on your ballot. The Senior Millage supports programs that are essential to the well being of older adults in our community and assures seniors will continue to receive vital services such as Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Memory Support, Adult Day Services, Counseling, Support Groups, Education, Home Care, Handyman Services, Activity & Dining Centers, Care Coordination, Prescription & Medicare Assistance and Volunteer Opportunities.
Senior Services does whatever we can to help you live in your own home longer. Your health and well-being is our mission. Emmy Bork connected with Senior Services many years ago by coming to our Activity & Dining Centers. When she started getting chemotherapy, the Senior Millage helped us deliver Meals on Wheels right to her doorstep, supported our Home Care to provide housekeeping services and our Handyman Team to make her bathroom safer. This helped Emmy focus on getting better, making her health a priority. Emmy says, “Senior Services has been great! They do so much for our seniors.”
When you spend time around others, it makes life more meaningful. It also keeps you healthier. Through all our services, the Senior Millage helps people stay socially active and connected. Virginia Wackerle’s husband attended Seasons Adult Health Services, a social engaging environment for those living with a chronic disease or memory changes. She says, “My husband went to Seasons before he passed away. He looked forward to coming twice a week.” Virginia now attends Sanford Activity & Dining Center. She says, “The Sanford Center has really been a blessing to me. Only three weeks after my husband passed, it got me out of the house and makes me feel that life goes on. I have met a lot of nice people there. Everyone you meet has a story and you can always find something in common.”
Everything we do at Senior Services is designed to keep people healthy and their lives meaningful and, in some way, preserve the lives of those we touch. Our volunteers help carry out this mission and save lives along the way! One such volunteer is Handyman Howie Schaeding. Recently, Howie installed carbon monoxide detectors that saved two people from serious carbon monoxide poisoning. He also makes visits to senior homes with the Midland Fire Department to make safety modifications. In addition, Howie is a Meals on Wheels volunteer who confirms everyone is okay as he drops off their meal.
Population in Need
Some 26% of Midland County’s population is over 60, an addition of 3,500 older adults over the last four years. The fastest growing segment is those over 80, the group often needing more extensive services.
Millage Used Wisely
Even with a steady increase in the number of seniors, Senior Services only levies what is truly needed to maintain services. This year’s ballot for a renewal of 0.9 mill will allow us to continue to cover the cost of services to the growing senior population.
Value to Taxpayers
The Senior Millage is used to help keep older adults self reliant for as long as possible. In the long run, taxpayers pay much less for the Senior Millage than what they would spend to support nursing home placement through Medicaid. Keeping people at home, longer, is a cost savings for everyone.