Oakland County Senior Advisory Council hosted senior center workers seminar

Oakland County senior center workers, staff and volunteers learned about resources available to their clients and had the chance to interact with senior-related organizations at the Oakland County Senior Center Workers Seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Waterford Oaks Activity Center.  They also learned the top five wishes from senior centers in the recent Senior Center Survey. The seminar was hosted by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s Oakland County Senior Advisory Council.

“The council focuses on improving the quality of life of Oakland County’s senior residents by evaluating what gaps may exist between their needs and available services,” said Patterson. “Our senior population is projected to double in the coming years. We want to ensure that Oakland County’s senior residents have the resources they need to live active and healthy lifestyles.”

Topics on the seminar’s agenda included “Communication Brings Awareness” by Tina Abbate Marzolf, CEO of the Area Agency on Aging 1-B; “Oakland Parks & Recreation” by Sue Wells, manager of Oakland County Parks & Recreation; “Recruit, Train & Retain Volunteers” by Karyn Curro, executive director of Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers; and “Public Health Connections” by Kathy Forzley, manager/health officer of Oakland County Health Division. Among the agencies that were on site with resource tables were Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, Oakland Community College, The Brooksie Way, the Detroit Zoo, Oakland County’s Community & Home Improvement Division, Community Mental Health, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Oakland County Senior Advisory Council’s meets on the third Monday of every month. Their primary purpose is to inform the county executive about the needs and services required by older adults. Some of the current concerns and issues the SAC is focusing on include:

  •          Encouraging easily accessible, senior friendly areas for physical and mental exercise
  •          Supporting elder-friendly initiatives & practices
  •          Supporting volunteer services to assist aging in place
  •          Supporting elder-friendly access to information & resource assistance

For more information on the Oakland County Senior Advisory Council or the Senior Center Workers Seminar, contact Elaine Houser at 248-941-5870 or visit www.oakgov.com/seniors.