Two Auburn Hills residents have received the 2018 Governor’s Service Award. On June 5th, a special ceremony will be hosted by the Community Service Commission for both Doris McCutcheon and Lee Ellen Kerr. They will be receiving an award for their outstanding community service.
Doris McCutcheon was named Senior Volunteer of the Year. She has spent more than 50 years helping young women reach their potential. Doris started a nonprofit program called Girls First. This program emphasizes the importance of young girls taking care of themselves and prepares them for many life experiences they might face.
Lee Ellen Kerr was named Mentor of the Year. She has mentored over 20 young women and has helped them identify a path for their future. Kerr has helped these young women create a five year plan for college and a career path for success. She also created the GLAD program at DOW Automotive. This program provides training for allies as they support the LGBTQ community at DOW.
We are proud to have these outstanding women a part of our Auburn Hills Community.
Alanna Weber, Executive Assistant to the City Manager
This morning, the news reported the tragic deaths of two older adults found outside in this horrible cold.
Why they were outside we might never know, but it’s a huge wake-up call for all of us to check on our older family members, friends, and neighbors. What can you do?
Make a phone call, visiting or just being observant could prevent another tragedy.
If you have elderly family members or neighbors offer to go out and get their mail, take the trash out or in or even stop at the grocery store and grab a few items for them so they do not have to go outside.
If you are cooking dinner, make a little bit extra and take it to them. A warm home-cooked meal can make any frigid day feel warmer.
Shovel or plow out their driveway and sidewalk. This is really important in case an emergency occurs or they are receiving Meals on Wheels.
If your elderly family members are not close by, make sure you have a neighbor or friends contact information in case you can’t contact your family member.
If you are concerned about an elderly or frail senior, please do not hesitate to call 911 to report your concern.
The City of Auburn Hills Senior Services Department is another good resource for non-emergency programs and services for older adults.
Let’s help protect those who have given so much to our community.
Michigan summers and winter weather can pose many challenges to older adults; major disasters are even more challenging. Winter brings power failures and ice storms while summer brings heat waves and power outages and more. So how can you help your older relative or neighbor during and after a disaster?
I just read an informative blog on the Public Health Emergency website. The blog was written by Cheryl A. Levine, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst & Team Lead for At-Risk Individuals, ASPR’s Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience.
The blog is a very easy to read and gives great tips for during and after disasters. It’s worth your time.
An Oakland University study on the effects of preventative, home-based physical therapy on senior citizens has been selected to receive a $23,300 Health Innovation Grant by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
The university is also providing an in-kind match of $10,418.85 for the project.
“It’s very exciting,” said Dr. Chris Wilson, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Oakland University. “In terms of the health and wellness of senior citizens, it’s been such a neglected area. So for us to know that other people in the state of Michigan share our vision, it gives us a confidence boost to keep going.”
From time to time, I come across events that are truly worthwhile for seniors, caregivers, family members and friends. The Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo is one of those events.
This event provides a wide variety of educational sessions, resources, and displays. So many times we might see information on products specifically for seniors in a magazine or on TV but are hesitant to purchase something without seeing it or touching it. There are over 90 vendors at this event where you can touch and feel a variety of products and talk to various professionals.
Do you sometimes feel like you’re lost in a maze when it comes to understanding Medicare or Medicaid? Or care for a loved one with dementia and don’t know what resources are available to help you? This Expo is like a one-stop shop to get answers to many of your questions.
And as always, the Senior Services Department is a great place to seek resources, ask questions and get answers. And if we don’t know an answer or have the resource, we can certainly refer you to someone who does.
The City of Auburn Hills Senior Services Department has been working alongside Oakland University Physical Therapy Program on a grant that will benefit the growing population of senior citizens within our city limits. Karen Adcock, Senior Services Director and Deb Colling, Health and Wellness Coordinator & Community Liaison have been assisting Dr. Sara Arena and Dr. Chris Wilson of Oakland University for the past year with a common goal to obtain a grant that will link senior citizens within the community with Physical Therapy to help with primary and secondary risk prevention in the home. Continue reading “Auburn Hills Senior Services Partners with Oakland University”→