New Year’s Day 2018 – A Great Day for Auburn Hills Meals on Wheels Seniors

The year started out wonderful for our homebound Meals on Wheels seniors because of a compassionate local business and some fantastic volunteers.

For the second year in a row, Harbor Chase Assisted Living sponsored the New Year’s Day Meals on Wheels by providing a wonderful meal. Because we don’t deliver meals on the holiday, our seniors are provided with frozen meals ahead of time. With the generosity of Harbor Chase, the seniors received a delicious tasty meal. Continue reading “New Year’s Day 2018 – A Great Day for Auburn Hills Meals on Wheels Seniors”

New Year’s Day 2018 – A Great Day for Auburn Hills Meals on Wheels Seniors

Frigid Temperatures Can Be Deadly to the Frail and Elderly

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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.


Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

Frigid Temperatures Can Be Deadly to the Frail and Elderly

How to Help Older Adults Before and After a Storm

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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.

BLOG: https://www.phe.gov/ASPRBlog/pages/BlogArticlePage.aspx?PostID=267


Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

How to Help Older Adults Before and After a Storm

Solution for Caregivers Expo

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.


Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

Solution for Caregivers Expo

Auburn Hills Senior Services Partners with Oakland University

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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”

Auburn Hills Senior Services Partners with Oakland University

You Just Saved A Life

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On Thursday, July 7, the Senior Services Department hosted our Semi – Annual Blood Drive at the Community Center. I am sure that everyone has received an email, phone call or seen a TV advertisement about donating blood. There are individuals that go faithfully every 56 days to donate and they are great appreciated. But, what I really love is the NEW donors. Every time I ask someone new to donate, they always have an excuse. At our last blood drive, we had a brand new donor, one of our very own Auburn Hills City employees. Here is her story. Continue reading “You Just Saved A Life”

You Just Saved A Life

Bedding Donation Drive

The Senior Services staff recently visited The Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan, located in Pontiac. For the last 45 years, this organization has provided gently used beds and other essential furniture to children and their families in need. They work with families living in poverty, transitioning from homelessness, working with child protective service or fleeing crisis situations.

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As we toured the facility, it was evident the people working there were passionate about what they did as they showed us around. Last year they assisted over 1,454 families, and 29 of those families were from Auburn Hills. Families received items ranging from beds, mattresses, dressers, dining room tables, to couches and linens. They also shared with us that they do not give out cribs, but do provide Pak’ n ’Plays as a substitute for a crib. Last year they gave out 54 Pak’ n Plays, ensuring babies had a safe place to sleep. Continue reading “Bedding Donation Drive”

Bedding Donation Drive