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Clinton Township event to provide resources to seniors

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published September 10, 2019

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — If you’re a senior who engages in social isolation, you’re not alone.

Starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library Main Branch will host a Living Well conference as a means of showing seniors the dangers associated with being socially secluded, along with displaying hardships associated with well-being and difficulty finding available programs and resources that can benefit their overall lives.

The half-day program, meant for individuals 55 and older, will include workshops put on by Hannan House and PACE. This is the second year of the conference, with the first taking place in May 2018.

Meghan Mott is an outreach librarian at CMPL. Her specialty involves working with community seniors, which involves visiting apartment buildings, assisted living facilities and senior centers.

The term “seniors” is broad, with people of many different ages making up that group.

“I’m working with a lot of people who can’t come to the library, who don’t always have the means to come to the library,” Mott said.

She described the upcoming conference as a “corollary” to what she does every day, calling it a “one-stop shop” for seniors to acquire different resources.

This includes presenting seniors with learning opportunities, such as checking out technological devices, which may be intimidating to some. Tech can be a “double-edged sword,” she said, and sometimes people feel like they don’t utilize it in the best way.

When it comes to isolation, she said that a decrease in overall ability or perhaps leaving the workforce is no reason not to leave the home and be social.

“I believe there is a demand for this kind of programming,” she said. “We definitely see a lot of the seniors at the library. Occasionally, we have patrons come in who just want to chat.”

PACE is an all-inclusive care program for seniors, providing comprehensive care in the areas of medical, social and behavioral health.

In one of three programs that morning, representatives will discuss how vital it is to battle and overcome social isolation. That’s tied in with other aspects of daily life, including proper transportation to health centers, going on field trips, and providing multiple meals and laundry service.

“Our main goal is to keep folks 55 and older safely in the community, instead of in long-term care and nursing home-type situations,” said Karen Kaurich, community liaison for PACE, headquartered in Southfield.

For more information on the conference, visit cmpl.org. Those interested in PACE programming can visit pacesemi.org or call (855) 445-4554.

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