The first Department of Health Services (DHS) Family Care - IRIS public hearing to hear from consumers and stakeholders regarding program changes has been set. Don't miss this opportunity to have input and be heard about what is important to you. There are a number of ways to share your testimony and it will be accepted until Sunday, October 11, 2015. Go to the Advocacy page for more details about how you can participate and about the budget changes that may affect you.
Aging programs and services play a major role in the health of our community. The ADRC of Brown County is undergoing a planning process to determine how best to provide the services that keep older people healthy and independent.
But we need your input! We invite to take a look at the plan. You can download and read it on-line by opening this2016-2018 ADRC of Brown County Aging Plan link or stop by the welcome center during office hours at 300 S. Adams, Green Bay, WI.
Written comments will be accepted until Monday, September 21, 2015. Please send comments to:
Devon Christianson, Director
300 S. Adams St., Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 448-4300 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 13, 2015. Generations United an organization that focuses on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people would like your help in getting a Google Doodle to honor Grandparents. Google Doodles are the images you see when you open Google to do an internet search. They are fun and creative. Did you know that Google Doodles are actually requested by the public?
This year Generations United is asking others to help them get a Grandparents Day on the Google Doodle.
All you have to do is email your request to email@example.com.
Here is some suggested language for your email:
We/I noticed how creative you all get with the Google Doodles. We hope to pique your interest in doing a special Doodle in honor of our Grandparents Day. We/I are supporting Generations United as they are working hard to get Grandparents Day (September 13, 2015) put on the doodle. We/I want Granparents to know that they are just as important as the World Cup, Children's Day, or even the Dragon Boat Festival. Thank you for taking the time to consider this request. We're hoping that you will help us and #DoSomethingGrand for Grandparents Day.
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Come down and see the ADRC newly remodeled Addlife/Welcome Center. The remodeling, a result of years of planning and input from consumers and accessibility experts. The goal was a welcoming, comfortable environment for everyone, whatever their "abilities" are. Many new accessibility features were incorporated into the plan. Read about our new additions/accessibility features, and don't forget to stop by & see the changes for yourself! We hear all too often, "I wish I would have known about the ADRC sooner." Help us get the word out about how your ADRC helps seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers make connections to services so they can Live their best possible life.
Watch this ADRC video and find out why Answers and Solutions Do Start Here. Then stop by or give us a call.
Staff are dedicated to learning each person's story to provide them with options, advice and/or help connecting to services personalized to their unique situation. The ADRC serves as a clearing house for information and access to a wide range of services and their costs, including;
in-home supportive and nursing care
housekeeping and chore services
memory screening, dementia care
nutrition and home-delivered meals
assisted living & nursing homes
financial assistance through Medicare, Medicaid, FoodShare and
many other aging and disability benefit programs.
As the single point of access for publicly funded long-term care, ADRCs provide eligibility determinations and enrollment counseling for the state's (publicly funded) managed long-term care services. The ADRC provides consumers and their caregivers with the information they need to make cost effective and informed decisions and will advocate for them if they are denied services.
In addition four AddLife Centers (Green Bay, De Pere, Denmark, and Pulaski) offer a wide variety of educational, social and recreational activities. Presentations are offered from professionals on topics ranging from chronic conditions and taking medications to organizing your home and American History. Activities including cooking demos, cards, Wii Bowling, exercise classes, day trips, and more. At the Green Bay AddLife Center an exercise room with treadmill, stationary bikes, and weight equipment is very popular and offers a place to work out with peers. Or make a reservation and have lunch with friends any weekday at any of the centers.
Check out the links on the left to see the wide variety of the information we gather and the activities available for you to enjoy. Scroll down to subscribe to the AddLife News to keep up with what's happening and read interesting articles that pertain to you and your life.
We'd love to talk to you, call 920-448-4300, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Staff is available via phone, in our office or your home during business hours or by special appointment outside of our hours.
Like us on Facebook and get valuable information about caregiving. Post a question and read responses from other caregivers and professionals who will share their knowledge and experience. www.facebook.com/adrcbrowncountywiCommunity Services Database-211The ADRC in partnership with United Way 211 and the Crisis Center maintains this comprehensive data base of community services thatis a valuable on-line tool, available 24 hours a day-7 days a week.
2014 Year end ADRC-Crisis Center-211 Trends, Unmet Needs Report - This report uses data collected through a collaborative effort between the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Crisis Center and 211 of Brown County, WI. The intent is to demonstrate patterns of need in the Brown County community and to educate policy makers and the public about potential services gaps in order to mobilize change. The ADRC, Crisis Center, and 211 of Brown County represent agencies that have a mission to respond to consumers who are searching for needed services. All three agencies provide reliable, unbiased information and links to community providers who have valuable services to offer.
Poverty in Brown County: Progress Report 2015- This report is a result of year long work by the Bay Area Community Council, (BACC) Self Sufficiency Workgroup, which met with local experts to assess current conditions and opportunities. It updates progress since the 2007 BACC produced "Poverty in Brown County: The Urgency of Moving People to Self-Sufficiency". The 2007 report called for action in five areas - children, health care, housing, neighborhood services, and transportation. The updated report outlines what has happened in each of those areas since 2007 and provides recommendations based on conditions in 2015. Poverty continues to be a concern in Brown County as it has increased since 2007. "Poverty is affecting working people and their children, along with seniors who despite Social Security are ending up in poverty due to high expenses primarily medical costs" states Devon Christianson, ADRC Director. The updated report highlights the significant progress that has been made in addressing poverty since 2007, but stresses more needs to be done to remove the barriers that prevent people from getting out of poverty. The progress report will be discussed by several community groups this fall. The BACC report "Poverty in Brown County: Progress Report 2015 can be viewed online at bayareacommunitycouncil.org, Resources page. ADRC- AddLife programsoffer the opportunity for you to take a self-educated, proactive, and personal approach to your health and wellness. They Add-Laughter, Independence, Friends and Energy to your life!
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