Commission on Aging

Contact Information

  • Telephone: 989-797-6880
    or 1-866-763-6336
  • FAX: 989-797-6882
  • Postal Address:
    2355 Schust Road
    Saginaw, MI 48603

Our Mission Statement

Since 1973 the Saginaw County Commission on Aging has provided many programs and services to meet the needs of older adults. Our Goal is to help older adults to continue living independently in their own homes. We also offer unlimited volunteer opportunities for older adults who desire to stay active and involved in the community.

Services

The Saginaw County Commission on Aging has several programs and services to benefit the older adult. The following lists services and programs offered:



Information & Referral

Friendly Commission on Aging staff answer questions, provide information and refer caller to an appropriate service. This is your first step to finding the help you need for yourself or a loved one. Making this call opens a variety of assistance and opportunity to make life easier. For more information call the main office at 989-797-6880 or TOLL FREE at 1-866-763-6336.

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Meals on Wheels

Homebound elderly who are unable to prepare a well balanced meal receive a daily hot noon meal prepared in our own kitchen. Optional and special services include frozen meals, cold evening sacks, weekend services for at-risk elderly, and emergency shelf staple meals. Eligibility requirements: client must be age 60 or older, cannot drive, and does not have the capability to prepare or to acquire daily nutritional meals. To learn more about this program call the main office at 989-797-6880.

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Dining Senior Style Program

Nutritionally balanced tasty noontime meals are served at senior centers throughout the county. Evening meals at the Eleanor Frank Center are provided seasonally. Monthly menus are provided. Centers provide special fitness programs, health related clinics, and pertinent educational programs plus social and recreational activities for participants.

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Senior Centers in Saginaw County

There are currently 11 senior centers located throughout Saginaw County. Centers and program sites offer nutritional, social, recreational and educational programs for seniors ages 60 and over.

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Senior Center Events & Activities

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Case Management

Professional caseworkers provide assistance with a variety of needs, such as arrangements for in-home services, housing problems, financial concerns, and prescription help. Caseworkers assess needs and offer recommendations for home care.

Caregiver Support Program

Provides training, education and support services to family, friends, partners and neighbors who are caregivers.  The caregiver or the person receiving the care must be at least 60 years of age to qualify for this program. 

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Care Management for Frail Elderly

An R.N. and Social Worker team provides a comprehensive needs assessment and assistance in arranging care for frail elders at risk of entering a nursing home.

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Transportation

Door-to-door service to medical appointments, treatment clinics, senior center, essential shopping and other facilities. Rides must be prescheduled. Wheelchair lift service is available. Cost: $1.50 each way. To schedule a ride please call 989-797-6888. Transportation Services Title VI Plan

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Kinship Caregiver Support Program

Kinship Care Support Services offers assistance to adults aged 55 and over in Saginaw County who are raising grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other related minors can receive - case management services, information and referral, support groups, monthly newsletters, free educational and recreational events for the adults and children, emergency and respite care funds.

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Foster Grandparent Program

Seniors age 55 or older, who meet income guidelines, receive a tax-exempt stipend and other benefits for volunteer work with special needs children in schools and day programs. Click to see more information on the FGP Program.

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Emergency Food Assistance

Low income seniors may qualify for one-time assistance for food purchases.

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Minority Outreach Program

Staff locates elderly persons in our community who may be requiring assistance with daily living requirements. Service provision by the agency's bi-lingual staff may be in the form of assisting with issues of housing, Medicare or Medicaid questions, and referral to community resources if appropriate.

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In-Home Support Services Program

The In-Home Support Services Program provides assistance to elderly citizens who may need limited assistance with housekeeping and personal care assistance. Also, available through this program is limited respite care services for caretakers residing in the home.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Commission on Aging helps seniors maintain an active and vital role throughout life by providing volunteer opportunities, such as delivering meals to home bound senior citizens, or assisting staff at senior centers and the transportation program. At the end of the year, those volunteers who have offered their services for at least 30 hours or more will be invited to a Annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration which takes place every spring. In the fall the Meals on Wheels Volunteers enjoy the annual Meals on Wheels Picnic with good food, cake walks, raffles, prizes and more!


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Saginaw County Dementia Advisory Board

The Saginaw County Commission on Aging is the sponsoring agency for the Dementia Advisory Board, which consists of service providers, caregivers, and community volunteers the goal of the Advisory Board is to improve the coordination of dementia services in Saginaw County, as well as providing community education relative to dementia. Managing Memory Loss Booklet

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Legal Consultation & Referral Clinics

The Commission on Aging serves as the host site for legal services provided by:

  • Lakeshore Legal Aid of Caro, MI for an appointment please call 1-866-552-2889.

  • Seniors can meet with lawyers, at no charge, for consultation and referral.

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Project Lifesaver

A collaborative effort between the Saginaw County Commission on Aging and the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department. This program is offered to Saginaw County residents, age 60 years and older, who are affected by severe forms of dementia related illnesses. It gives clients access to a transmitter bracelet that is designed to assist in the tracking and locating of people who have the tendency to wander.

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Funding

The Commission on Aging depends on charitable contributions to meet special needs and expand services to older adults. Gifts given as memorials, tributes or bequests, wills and estates assure that the agency can meet emergency and special needs. The "Circle of Friends" is an opportunity to honor a loved one, companion, colleague or friend by making a contribution in his/her name. "Circle of Friends" memorials are acknowledged with an engraved plate on a plaque in the main lobby of the Frank Center. Planned giving through wills, trusts, life insurance and securities can offer the donor tax advantages as well as provide an opportunity to give.

The Commission on Aging also receives funds from:

  • Corporation for National & Community Service

  • County of Saginaw Senior Millage

  • Michigan Department of Transportation

  • National Food & Shelter Board

  • Region VII Area Agency on Aging

  • State of Michigan, Federal, State and Local Funding

  • Private Donations and Gifts

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