Resources For Seniors

It is important to involve each relative who is significantly involved in the senior’s life. Arrange a meeting to divide responsibilities and to decide who is going to be the primary caregiver. Be specific by acknowledging each activity that needs to be completed and assign those activities to a particular person. The family as a whole should be responsible for caring for the senior; it is all too often that these responsibilities lie solely on one adult child. With a group effort and organization, caring for the elderly or someone with an illness can be a smooth process. If it is an option, involve the senior in some of the decision making to ensure they are comfortable with the process as well.

Responsibilities and Daily Activities:

  • Personal Care
  • Companionship
  • Respite Care
  • Housekeeping
  • Meal Preparation
  • Errands
  • Range of Motion Exercises
  • Living Will/ Power of Attorney in Place
  • Home Safety Assessment
  • Daily Phone Check
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
  • Medication Monitoring
  • CPR Trained and Certified Caregivers
  • Insured and Bonded
  • RN Supervised Care Plans

Known Location of Important Documents Such as:

  • 1. Doctors’ Contact Information
  • 2. Medical Insurance
  • 3. Long-Term Care Insurance
  • 4. Medicare
  • 5. Medicaid
  • 6. Prescription Plan

What is the Sandwich Generation?

The term “sandwich generation” has become increasingly common in the United States over the last two decades. Basically the term describes a generation of people who care for their aging parents while supporting their own children. More specifically, the term describes people who are squeezed between the simultaneous demands of caring for their aging parents and supporting
their dependent children. Although the concept of the sandwich generation has been around for ages, the recent awareness due to aging of the baby boomers has grown.

Some fun terms emphasizing the sandwich generation:

Traditional:

Those sandwiched between aging parents who need help and caring for their own children.

Club Sandwich:

Those in their 50s or 60s sandwiched between aging parents, adult children and grandchildren or those in their 30s and 40s, with young children, aging parents and grandparents.

Open Faced:

Anyone else involved in elder care.

Stress Sandwich:

The stress from withstanding the demanding role of being a caregiver.

Local Senior Centers

Civic Park Senior Center

15218 Farmington Road
Livonia, Michigan 48154

Phone: (734) 466-2555
Fax 734-458-6016

E-mail at civicseniorcenter@ci.livonia.mi.us

TTY/TTD 734-466-2200

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

William Costick Senior Center

28600 Eleven Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48336

Phone: (248) 473-1800

Birmingham Area Senior Center

2121 Midvale Street
Birmingham, MI 48009-1509

Phone: (248) 203-5270
Fax: (248) 203-5272

Novi Senior Center

25075 Meadowbrook Road
Novi, MI 48375

Phone:(248) 347-0403
Fax: (248) 347-0490

Royal Oak Senior Center

3500 Marias
Royal Oak, MI 48073

Phone: (248) 246-3900
Fax: (248) 246-3901

West Bloomfield Senior Center

4640 Walnut Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48323-2557

Phone: (248) 451-1900
Fax: (248) 738-2529

For additional Senior Centers in Michigan Visit: http://www.miseniorcenters.org/