August Blog – Senior Help at The Senior Alliance: How Can Our Information Specialists Help?

There’s no denying that our needs become greater and more magnified as we age. It’s no wonder that many aging adults and their caregivers are easily overwhelmed with trying to figure out which resources, programs, and services are the right fit for them. 

From fall prevention to Medicaid coverage to transportation to cooking, nutrition, personal hygiene, and housework, there can seem like an endless list of needs to cover. Often, caregivers – typically uncompensated family members – are left feeling lonely in their myriad of responsibilities. 

In June 2021, BridgeMichigan reported that 1.3 million Michiganders are caring for their aging relatives, about 10% of the state’s population. They estimate that by the year 2030, individuals who are aged 75 or older will increase to 13.3% of the state’s population, up from 7.5% in 2020. This means there will certainly continue to be an increased need for caregivers – and an increased need for help. 

Information & Assistance with The Senior Alliance

Though you may feel lonely, you aren’t alone. 

If you are a caregiver for an aging relative or if you are an aging adult in western or southern Wayne County, The Senior Alliance has Information Specialists ready to help you access the resources, programs, and services you need to thrive. 

The Information & Assistance Call Center is a free service offering resource options for older adults, their families, and caregivers. The call center staff can discuss programs and services and connect you to the many programs and services available in the 34 communities that make up The Senior Alliance’s service area.

The most common service requests we hear are:

  • In-home care services
  • Transportation
  • Medicaid/Medicare assistance
  • Housing options and resources
  • Nutrition programs
  • Legal assistance
  • Long-term care advocacy
  • Care transition services
  • Health and wellness programs

Information Specialists can also help assess whether or not you or your loved one are eligible for the MI Choice Waiver program, which provides long-term supports and services that allow individuals to remain in their own homes or the residential setting of their choice as they age. 

To connect with an Information Specialist, call The Senior Alliance at 1-800-815-1112. Specialists are available to take your calls Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 

More information about assistance from The Senior Alliance is available on our website.

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