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Senior Resources

On this page you will find resources by county, region and downloadable guides on a variety of topics. 

Berrien County

Adults sixty years and older can receive services from seven independently operated senior service centers and meal sites located throughout Berrien County.  Each of the seven centers is supported financially by a countywide senior millage that provides approximately two million dollars annually in funding.  This funding helps support activities, transportation and facilities at each of the seven centers across the county. 

Each independently operated senior center provides transportation services to older adults who reside within their service area. However, the frequency, accessibility and service area varies from one senior center to the next. Seniors with transportation questions should speak to a senior center staff members to discover how they can best be served.  

To find the nearest location click here

Berrien County Senior Service Map-PDF

 Berrien County Senior Center Transportation Services

Cass County

The Cass County Council on Aging (COA) is the one-stop shop to resources for seniors ages 60 years and older. The COA staff can help seniors discover options for transportation for seniors.  For example, there is support for seniors who come for a meal at the Council on Aging.  The Council on Aging serves as a pickup location for Veteran's shuttle bus services for to the Battle Creek facility.  

Van Buren County

Senior Services of Van Buren County Ride Easy Program provides qualifying seniors with transportation to and from medical care appointments.  Discuss your unique situation with a staff person.  

Leisure and enrichment services are located in several different locations throughout Van Buren County! Check out a location near you.

Regional Senior Resources

Senior Companions are specially trained volunteers age 55 and older who provides support, companionship, help with daily tasks, and respite for caregivers. Senior companions provide transportation for doctor appointments, errands, or social activities.  For more information please call 269-983-7058 or toll-free at 877-660-2725 

Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly 

PACE is a program of coordinated care that offers older adults an alternative to nursing home placement, providing the support at home: medical treatment, transportation, and social interaction needed to remain independent.  Care team: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists and nutritionist arrange the proper medical and private services needed to remain in your home and community. Phone: 269-408-4322.  

Transportation Guides for Seniors 

Download this brochure for useful information to learn simple exercises that can help improve flexibility as it relates to driving. Get valuable information about parking, backing up, adjusting mirrors, preventing fatigue and looking over your shoulder.

Discusses how families and friends of older drivers can help them maintain their independence and mobility without sacrificing safety.

Talking with Older Drivers

AARP offers a free online seminar called We Need to Talk that will help you determine how to assess your loved ones’ driving skills and provide tools to help you have this important conversation.

Before You Give up the Keys

Create a Road map for Transportation Independence before you give up the keys and no longer drive your car. 

Drivers 65 Plus: Test Your Own Performance

This short questionnaire tests important driving-related skills. Intended for drivers over 65, this booklet suggests measures to cope with any revealed deficiencies. 

Michigan’s Guide for Aging Drivers and Their Families

Older Michigan residents want to maintain their independence, and for many that means continuing to drive. By using smart self-management techniques to review their driving skills, older drivers can keep driving longer while limiting risks to themselves and others.

Michigan’s Guide for Aging Drivers and Their Families was developed to improve older-driver safety by providing aging drivers as well as their families and caregivers with information about the licensing process, resources that help maintain safe driving, suggest alternative transportation options and more. It helps aging drivers maintain their driver’s license for as long as it is safe for them and other road users.

The guide was developed through a collaborative partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation, Office of Highway Safety Planning, AAA Michigan, and the Secretary of State’s Office. To review the publication:Click here to view the PDF

Did you know...
The 85+ population is expected
to increase from 4.4 million in
2000 to 5.7 million by 2010,
a 29.5% increase.

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Seniors Top 10
Accessibility Challenges

• Getting to and from vehicles
• Getting  into and out of vehicle
• Opening doors
• Getting on coats, shoes, and boots
• Getting in and out of chairs
• Carrying packages
• Using assisstive devices
• Finding help at destinations
•  Using public transit
• Fear

 

This website is made possible through a Federal Transit Administration 5317 grant and the Michigan Department of Passenger Transportation.  It is managed by the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission who is providing this database solely for informational purposes.  It disclaims all responsibilities for errors, omissions, changes, and other agency representations. SWMPC’s listing of agencies does not constitute an endorsement by SWMPC of the agency, business, guarantee of availability of service, guarantee of the quality of service.  Further, SWMPC does not represent for other agencies the compliance with all legal requirements for providing services, compliance with federal, state, local and equal employment opportunity and anti-discrimination laws and acknowledgment of good standing with appropriate licensing authorities, if any. SWMPC further disclaims liability for such compliance and licensing requirements.