Bay County Dept. On Aging Topic of Rotary Program
October 16, 2018
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By: Stephen Kent
, Director of the Bay County Department On Aging
spoke to Rotary Tuesday. Originally called the Council on Ageing, the department started in 1968 as a small program to offer a limited number of activities and entertainment opportunities for Bay County residents over 60 years old.
Over the years the Council evolved into the Division on Ageing (1979) under the Health Department. In 2017 it became a stand-alone Department and changed its name to Bay County Department on Aging
Today's Department has expanded the original services with a commitment to enhancing the lives of those over 60 by helping them maintain their independence, offering social opportunities and enhancing lives through quality services in a cost-effective manner.
The department offers services including home-delivered meals (Meals on Wheels), light homemaking and shopping, personal care, caregiver/kinship programs, elder abuse programs, six activity centers and the "Wonderful Times" newsletter.
"Meals on Wheels" may be the most recognized program of the Department. Meals are provided daily to homebound clients. The program has 12 routes in the county and serves from 800 to 900 meals daily. A registered dietician works as Nutrition Services Manager.
Most of the Department's programs are grant funded. Donations from recipients are requested, but services are never denied if the client can't make a donation.
Because the program is grant funded with supplements from donations, the number of clients is limited. There is always a waiting list for each of the services. Services are also limited to what can be done. Personal care has two full time licensed employees to cover 72 clients. Visits are once a week for an hour.
The Department fills a need that will only grow as the population ages. With 69 employees, only so much can be done. One thinks of government as a separate body, but in fact, the government is an extension of the citizens. The Department on Aging is an example of people caring for people.
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CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
OFF SITE MEETING - October 23, 2017
Meet at the Marriott
Rotary's World Polio Day - October 23
Movie "Breathe" presented at Saginaw's Court Theater
$1 contributed to Rotary for every pizza purchased at Jet's
CLUB SOCIAL - October 23, 2017 - Studio 23
$25/person - $40 for two
Recognizing World Polio Day
Contact Tara, Carrie, Chanda or Sita if you plan to attend
and did not get on the sign-up sheet.
In the "Rotary Foundation Minute" Brenda Scramlin
told about two things that impacted her life.
First, several years ago she saw a picture of an "iron lung". Then last year the Midland Club brought an actual "iron lung" in for a hands-on look. Brenda said if you ever have the chance, be sure you see the real thing. It's an eye-opening experience.
Second, she recounted the meeting a few years ago when Rob Clark invited several polio survivors to visit the club and tell their stories. Both experiences enforced the importance of Rotary's effort to eradicate this terrible disease worldwide!
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November has been designated as Bay City Rotary's "Month of sharing"
Programs for the month will emphasize the many things we have to be thankful for and will encourage ways we can share with our family, friends, and community.
2018 Off site Meetings:
Marriott, Uptown Bay City
(See the official schedule at
October 23, 2018:
October 23 - Off site meeting at the Marriott
Rotarian CJ Miller
talks about Downtown, Downhome
, the 1st in a multi-part video series highlighting what we love about Bay City, as seen on his web site Through These 4 Eyes
October 30, 2018: Festival of the Trees.
Laura Horwath will speak about the
Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region's largest fundraiser, the Festival of the Trees
. The annual event presents over 100 designers contribute fabulously decorated trees and wreaths, which are raffled off. Local vendors are on hand to sell their specialties. The money raised throughout the weekend supports the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region's mission of promoting voluntarism, training its members, and improving the community.
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Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.
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