Sixty Seconds Newsletter 
A Monthly Update from
Senior Resources of West Michigan  
An Area Agency on Aging Serving Muskegon, Oceana & Ottawa counties
Senior Resources partners with One Day University for free online lectures

Senior Resources has partnered with One Day University to offer free memberships for older adults in Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa counties. One Day University (ODU) offers access to hundreds of online talks with some of the nation's most popular professors.

They stream new educational and entertaining online lectures 5 days a week, with livestreams most weekdays. These short online courses are one-hour presentations that cover everything from art to zoology. Whether you are interested in learning more about history, politics, the arts or business, or simply looking to expand your horizons and learn something new, you are sure to find something of interest. Access to a vast library of recorded lectures and content, invitations to special events with professors and discounts to live events come standard with OneDayU membership, provided through Senior Resources.

To sign up:
1. Go to www.onedayu.com/membership
2. Click on the button that says “Sign up Now”
3. Enter our community code, SRWMI, in the coupon code box
4. Click “Proceed to checkout”
5. Enter your name and email address to complete enrollment
Questions? Issues? Please email N4A@onedayu.com or call 800-300-3438 and a One Day
University customer service representative will help you as soon as possible. Please reference
community code SRWMI in your email.
Animatronic pets provide additional comfort and companionship for isolated older adults

Through a No Wrong Door grant to address social isolation, Senior Resources has limited availability for animatronic pets (dogs and cats) as an alternative to traditional pet therapy. Joy for All Companion Pets provide benefits such as increased interaction with others, connection to memories of family pets, decreased anxiety and agitation, uplifted mood, and stimulated senses.

Feedback has been very positive and has proven successful in combating social isolation for people living in their own homes and community-based settings. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found that the pets helped decrease stress and anxiety for some patients with dementia.

The new animatronic pets have already made differences in the lives of our participants. Mitsu Engle, pictured above, holds her new companion, Whimpy, who was already responding to his new named before our supports coordinator left her house. Mitsu had already fallen in love with her new companion and sat him in the living room next to her reclining chair. She said that when her husband was living, they used to have a dog name Whimpy and this dog reminds her of him. She said she now has someone to talk to when no one is around. Mitsu’s health has declined and she is no longer able to care for a live pet.

“I wish you could have seen the big smile on her face when I turned him on and how she just laughed like an innocent child,” the supports coordinator said. “The older I get the more I realize it’s the simple things in life that truly matter and to never underestimate the power of showing someone they matter.”
AgeWell Services continues home delivered and congregate meals

AgeWell Services has been fortunate to receive additional federal and local funding to be able to continue services in our communities for both Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) and Congregate Meals (Lunch & Activity Center). At this time, all meals served at the Lunch & Activity Centers are to-go only, but they are hoping to be able to meet again and socialize in the near future.

There are a total of 12 Lunch & Activity Centers currently open between Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa counties. Participants are asked to reserve the meals ahead of time to ensure there is enough food for all and to avoid waste. Anyone 60 years of age and older is eligible and participants have a choice between a hot meal, sandwich meal, or salad meal.

Meals on Wheels continues to deliver right to the participant's door, with safety protocols put in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19. To be eligible, the participant must be 60 years or older, primarily homebound and reside in Muskegon, Oceana or Ottawa county.

For information on locations and phone numbers for Lunch & Activity Centers or the menus, please visit website: https://agewellservices.org/services-for-seniors/meal-sites/

For questions about Meals on Wheels or to sign up, please call a Team Member: 231-755-0434.
Let Your Voice Be Heard through area plan public hearing
 
Senior Resources of West Michigan, the area agency on aging for Muskegon, Ottawa, and Oceana counties, is holding a public hearing via a virtual meeting to listen to the comments and opinions of older adults and caregivers regarding our plans for service provision for the period of Oct. 1, 2021 – Sept. 30, 2022. 
The Public Hearings will include a review of the plan, including services we wish to fund, as well as an opportunity for participant input and comment. 

Time: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 2 pm.
 
Join Zoom Meeting- https://zoom.us/j/92827917000; Meeting ID: 928 2791 7000, or phone: 1-312-626-6799.
 
Advance copies of the plan will be available after April 27, 2021.    To receive one, please call 231-733-3519 or 1-800-442-0054. A copy is available for download on our website at https://www.seniorresourceswmi.org. If you are unable to attend, comments can be submitted in writing by email to amy@seniorresourceswmi.org or through the postal service to Senior Resources, Attn: Amy, 560 Seminole Rd., Muskegon, MI 49444.

Senior Resources administers a variety of federal, state, local and private funds to support services such as in-home care, senior meals, transportation, programs for caregivers, health promotion, legal and other services for individuals aged 60 and over. Senior Resources identifies needs and develops an area plan, informs and educates seniors, families, and the public on available services and issues affecting older adults, and advocates on behalf of all older adults in Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa counties.  
Become a Dementia Friend!

People with dementia sometimes need help going about their daily lives and to feel included in their communities. Dementia Friends works to give people an understanding of dementia, and the small things they can do to make a difference. 

Due to the pandemic, we are currently offering Dementia Friends via Zoom video-conferencing. All sessions are one hour.

To register for future sessions, email DementiaFriends@seniorresourceswmi.org with the date you would like to attend. A Zoom link and materials will be sent to you via email ahead of the session.

April 13, 2021, 2:30 p.m.
May 6, 2021, 9 a.m.
June 9, 2021, 11 a.m.

For more information, contact Lisa Tyler, ltyler@seniorresourceswmi.org, or 231-733-3509.
Free Resources for older adults and caregivers through website
Active Daily Living, a free resource for older adults and caregivers, is available through the Senior Resources website. It is designed for seniors and/or family members concerned about the physical safety of a loved one. Interactive modules, videos, and weekly newsletters offer no-cost or low-cost tips developed by aging experts to help with activities of daily living.

Check it out! Active Daily Living
Community Resources for COVID-19

CALL 2-1-1 - dial 2-1-1 for health and human services help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Senior Resources - Call our Long-Term Care Options Counselors at 231-733-3585

Muskegon County:
  • https://www.maskupmuskegon.org/
Oceana County: 
Ottawa County:
Senior Resources of West Michigan Inc
560 Seminole Road
Muskegon, MI 49444
231.733.3585