Welcome Antwerp Township Seniors!
Questions about Antwerp Township Senior Services? Please contact the Brenna Reder at (269) 668-2615 x 5 or at BReder@antwerptownship.com
Monday: Healing Yoga 10:00am-11:00am & Cardio Drumming 11:30am-12:30pm & Embroidery Enthusiasts 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday: Beginners Zumba 8:45-9:30am & Exploring Your Yoga 9:30am-10:30am & Real Healthy Tai Chi 10:30am-11:30am & Pinochle and Bingo 11:00am-3:30pm
Wednesday: Weekly Wednesday Luncheon at Noon! Please RSVP at (269) 688-2615 x 5 & Knitting Group at 1:00pm
Thursday: Chair Yoga 9:30-10:30am & Basic Strength 10:30-11:30am & Jewelry w/ Gerry 1:00-3:00pm & Quilting Group 9:00am-4:00pm
*Above is the schedule for November*
The Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon is on Wednesday, November 27th! Antwerp Township will provide the Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy and you bring a dish to pass! For more details about this event & to RSVP contact (269) 668-2615 x 5
Weekly Wednesday Luncheons
Seniors are meeting every Wednesday at 11:45am for lunch in the Activity Center, join us for a great meal (donations welcomed, not required). There are also guest speakers after the majority of our luncheons starting at 12:45pm. We offer many health services before and after our lunches like, blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar checks, hearing aid assistance & foot care services. Keep scrolling to find our monthly lunch menu! Please contact with questions and to RSVP to the luncheon at (269) 6658-2615 x 5
Flu Shots – Wednesday, October 9th
The Van Buren Health Department is hosting a flu shot clinic in the Antwerp Township Activity Center. You must bring your photo ID & proof of Insurance or Medicare Card. If you do not have insurance and would still like to get your flu shot please contact us, we can help! For questions/to schedule your appointment contact Brenna at (269) 668-2615 x 5.
Dr. G Foot Care Services
Dr. G will be in the Activity Center on Wednesdays at 12:30pm: Wednesday, November 20th 2019. Dates in 2020: January 22nd, March 25th, May 27th, July 29th, September 30th & December 2nd. You do not need a appointment – first come, first serve basis.
Senior Services of Southwest Michigan
Do you have a home healthcare need? Do you need a ramp? Would you like to become a foster grandparent? Senior Services of Southwest Michigan can help. One call covers it all 269-382-0515. Whether you need assessment services, home repair, home care, meals on wheels, let Senior Services of Southwest Michigan help you with your home care needs. There’s also commodity and nutrition assistance through Mattawan Food Pantry, Eleanor’s Food Pantry, Project Senior Fresh, Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency.
Need Housing Assistance?
Senior Guidance is an organization dedicated to providing helpful senior living resources for the elderly. We have a dedicated section within our website that provides extremely well detailed and thorough information on Michigan assisted living. The website discusses all services available for seniors living in Michigan, outlines helpful state programs for seniors and allows to find assisted living facilities in every city, town and village in Michigan: https://www.seniorguidance.org/assisted-living/michigan/
Project Safe Senior
Antwerp Township is working with local fire departments to help seniors install smoke/carbon monoxide alarms. While we understand that we have over 2,000 seniors in our Township, we cannot provide for all. The Township along with local fire departments feel it is important to reach out to those seniors who may not be able to afford or install these combination alarms on their own.
Senior Companion Program
Antwerp Township is working with the Area Agency on Aging Region IV to recruit volunteers to utilize the Senior Companion Program! You know how much you value your independence, and now you can help others stay independent too! Senior Companions provide the assistance many older adults and people with disabilities may need in order to live independently. A Senior Companion may go along to help with grocery shopping for for a walk. They may spend time helping to write a letter, prepare a meal, or pay a bill. Contact the Area Agency on Aging to become a companion (269) 983-7058.
Senior Care Program
We give ears first and hearts next. The first time you call, VBEMS will take an assessment to build on a foundation to make intelligent recommendations for a customized care program for you. The goal of this program is to recognize health care needs and work with your physician to maintain a quality of life in your home. VBEMS offers professionally trained staff and is an extension of the health care system. It’s not designed to take the place of a home health care agency, but to work along side of them. Once a visit has been made to your home, the following visits will be for health screenings, medication checks/organization, home safety, and patient education. This program also provides ride assistance to doctors appointments. Please call 269-657-2996 if you or someone you know could benefit from this program.
Cooking Classes with Lynne McGuire & Wendell Meade All cooking classes are cancelled in 2019.
MMAP Counselor (Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program)
Senior Services Program Administrator, Brenna Reder is a certified MMAP counselor. Are you turning 65 soon? Do you need further explanation about Medicare & Medicaid? Brenna can help! Contact (269) 668-2615 x 5 to schedule a free appointment.
Antwerp Township Senior Services sends out a newsletter once a quarter. It is filled with fun events and activities as well as updates on the program. If you would like to stay updated with what is going on at Antwerp Township Senior Services please contact us and we will put you on our newsletter mailing list! (269) 668-2615 x 208
How can you help? Volunteer, suggest an activity you would like to see started, participate in existing programs, come to our luncheons on Wednesdays, come and hang out with us. We’d love to see you!
Antwerp Township Advisory Board: Board meets on the second Wednesday at 1:00 pm in the Activity Center
Sid Shank, Chair: email@example.com
Marcia Shaneyfelt-Niles, Vice Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ralph “Paul” Forst: email@example.com
Karen Dunn: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Ruzick: DRuzick@antwerptownship.com
Chantel Reyna: CReyna@antwerptownship.com
Blaine Douglas, Alternate: email@example.com
What’s for Lunch This Month?
Wednesday, November 6th (Off The Cuff Catering)
Chicken Divan Casserole (Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese baked over Egg Noodles), Garlic Knot, Peaches & Salad
Guest Speaker: Kelly Nichols, Elara Caring (Home-Based Care)
VBEMS at 11:00am – Heart Rate, Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure Checks
Wednesday, November 13th (Scott’s Catering)
Homemade Meatloaf, Cheesy Hash Browns & Green Beans
Conversation Wednesday & Advisory Board Meeting at 1pm · Veteran’s Blankets
Wednesday, November 20th (Chick-Fil-A)
Chicken Sandwich (Hand Breaded Chicken on a Butter Bun w/ Dill Pickles), Potato Wedges & Cole Slaw
Guest Speaker: Portman Nature Preserve, Peter Ter Louw
Sunshine Library Art Class at 1:00pm · Dr. G Foot Care Services at 12:30pm
Wednesday, November 27th (Premier Catering) Thanksgiving Luncheon
Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy, Roll & Potluck!
Guest Speaker: Dan Abbott, Van Buren Sheriffs Dept. – Department Updates & New K-9 Pup!
Where & How are Millage Tax Dollars Being Spent?
Check out the latest Revenue/Expenditure Report June 2019 (*FY runs 7/1/19 – 6/30/20) So if the fiscal year ended…what happened to money that wasn’t spent? Those tax dollars are dedicated funds which means, just like fire funds, they remain in an account for the sole purpose of serving seniors each year. The total amount available is depicted as fund balance on the bottom of the report.
Since the millage passed in August of 2014, these individuals have been meeting on a regular basis to get our program up and running, while making recommendations to the Antwerp Township Board of Trustees. Survey results are in and detailed results are available (Survey Results SS 2014). Out of 2,117 surveys mailed, 569 were returned, a 27% return rate.
Highest response rate for programs/services were: Health Services such as balance/strength, low impact exercise; Educational Programming such as informational seminars; and Trips/Travel.