Caring for a loved one with a serious illness can be one of life’s most challenging responsibilities. These resources can help answer questions, guide you along the caregiving process and provide additional support that will ease the burden.
The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter is the premier source of information and support for Michigan residents living with dementia and their families and caregivers. Through our statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers a broad range of free programs and services, funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia research, and advocacy efforts on behalf of Michiganders.
Michigan is home to sixteen Area Agency on Aging (AAA) organizations that serve 83 counties. Federal, state, and local governance work together to enhance the quality of life for senior living independently.
Kalamazoo County’s AAA is housed in the Kalamazoo County Government under the Older Adult Services Division. Programming assists older adults and their caregivers access services, participate in health education classes, provide support for individuals living at home independently, advocacy, elder abuse prevention, and more.
Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those with disabilities and those who have permanent kidney failure.
Milestone is the leading provider of choice-driven services for seniors and persons with disabilities in Southwest Michigan. They provide personalized, empowering options that help seniors live independently with joy in the place they call home. Founded in 1963 under the name Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, they are a non-profit organization guided by empathy and driven by compassion.
VA carries out four specific missions: Veterans Health Care, Veterans Benefits, National Cemeteries, and to improve the Nation’s preparedness for response to war, terrorism, national emergencies, and natural disasters by developing plans and taking actions to ensure continued service to veterans, as well as to support national, state, and local emergency management, public health, safety and homeland security efforts.
AARP is a United States-based interest group focusing on issues affecting those over the age of fifty. AARP provides information and resources for those caregivers of long term and seriously ill persons.