Senior Connect Line

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Senior Connect Line

Senior Connect Line

Many older adults in Michigan are living longer, staying in the own homes as they age, and feeling more empowered than ever before to handle the problems that arise.  Advances in technology and medicine, along with changing attitudes about older adults, have made these possible.  But there has also been a change in quality of living–with people living with more chronic conditions, smaller social circles as spouse and friends of many years pass away, and a lack of support from family because of distance and strained relationships. 

Without even realizing it, a once vibrant, socially extraverted older person can find himself/herself spending most days alone.  Declining mobility due to disease or illness can make a once active older adult suddenly become immobile and inactive.  As children and grandchildren grow up and move away, and perhaps a spouse and companion of many years dying, an older adult who was the matriarch of the family can become socially isolated and without family supports that she may have once taken for a certainty. 

These older adults probably never thought of themselves as needing help.  Or perhaps they always envisioned their family being there to take care of them.  Now, these citizens may feel like they are left with few choices and resources to address their needs.  Without a support network of family and friends, these older adults, especially those who are living alone, may worry about their physical health, emotional wellness, and overall quality of life.

Michigan’s Senior Connect Line is here to help.   Trained specialists will listen, provide the information you might need, let you decide on how you want to be helped, and connect you to other programs if you need them.