Jeske Speaks To Rotary About Region Seven Area on Aging
December 6, 2016
By: Stephen Kent
Annette Jeske, Region Seven Area on Aging, spoke to Rotary about her agency and how it works.
Region Seven exists because of and amendment to the 1965 Older American's Act. At that time Congress said "let's make sure that older adults are provided for." The focus was on nutrition and started programs like Meals-on-Wheels.
Using Rotary's 4-way test as a guide, Jeske talked about the various services of the organization.
I a person has less than $2,199 in monthly income, and keeps a house and a car, and has less than $2,000 in other assets, they may qualify for in-home assistance. Non-medical helps goes to those folks and help with things like bathing, grocery shopping and similar services. When introduced, field workers thought replacing 24/7 care and feeding in a facility would never work. Since then
the program has proved to be effective and very well received. People like to stay in their own homes.
There are over 600 AAA's across America. Region 7, with it's office on Euclid in Bay City, serves a 10 county area of Mid-Michigan including Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola. Some forty registered nurses and social workers, many with Masters level degrees, travel the area providing services.
The AAA considers itself a gatekeeper in many ways. Its nurses and social workers travel the 10 county area assessing the elderly. They then make contact with a network of 146 service providers from home care companies to transportation companies. The elderly person can then hire the appropriate service provider.
Annette outlined a number of other services, funding sources, and guidelines. She then answered questions from the audience.
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CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
The board meets this week
December 13 at 11:00 before the regular meeting.
Everyone is welcomed.
Agenda, minutes, treasurers reports and other information is in the member's area of the club web site.
President Andera reminded members that the box for collecting books for the Philippines is at the door each week. She also brought in two more books that her kids loved when they were little. The club is working on its second box. If you, or your family has old kids books, be sure to see if they might be donated to this project.
The annual Christmas Program will be on December 20th. The Bay City Morning Rotary, the Northern Bay and Arenac Rotary, and the Optimists have been invited. Entertainment will be by the Garber Varsity Choir. Thanks to Lee Newton for organizing this event.
Dee Dee Wacksman, chair of the District's International Convention committee, reported that 21 people have signed up for the trip. The goal is 25. If you'd like to attend, talk to Dee Dee. The reduced registration fee is available for one more week.
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DATES TO REMEMBER
- December 13
- 11:00 am before regular meeting.
- Everyone invited.
Annual Holiday Celebration
- December 20
- The Bay City Morning Rotary, the Northern Bay and Arenac Rotary, and the Optimists have been invited. Entertainment will be by the Garber Varsity Choir.
OFF SITE Meeting
- January 10
- At the Delta College Planetarium.
(Also March 7, May 16, June 6)
June 10-14, 2017 Rotary International Convention - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Dee Dee Wacksman, District Chair
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Dec 13, 2016
, Associate Director of Community Affairs for Michigan Operations at Dow Chemical, will give an update regarding Dow Chemical activities including the DuPont merger and the Dow Corning acquisition.
Dec 20, 2016 - Holiday Program
Holiday Sing along with the Garber High School Varsity Choir.
Dec 27, 2016 - Erin Sullivan to speak on Rodan & Fields Team.
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