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Affirming the Dignity and Value of Older Adults in Our County

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Events

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Raise awareness and learn how we can all identify and prevent elder abuse.

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Spring and Summer Medicare Presentations

Learn about the basics of Medicare and resources to help with Medicare.

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We Want to Hear From You!

Join us to help shape the future for older adults in our county.

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Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Take some time to recharge and share with others. Join us.

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Advanced Care Planning Workshops

Advocate for your own future healthcare decisions. Learn more.

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The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Milwaukee

What We Do

Information and Assistance: Accurate and timely information regarding community resources for older adults.

Options Counseling: One-on-one consultation about privately and publicly funded long-term care options to allow each individual to make the best-informed decisions for his or her needs.

Benefits Specialists: Information about public and private benefits including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security among others.

Dementia Care

Independent Living Supports Pilot

Resource Center Database

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Give Us a Call

Phone: (414) 289-6874
TRS: 711

Email

[email protected]

Location

1220 W. Vliet St., Suite 300

Appointments can be scheduled outside regular business hours upon request. Call center hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learn more about ADRC's around the state at the State of Wisconsin's website.

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Your Local Senior Center: Activities and Adventures Await

Transportation

Transportation can be one of the biggest challenges as individuals age. There are a variety of transportation options available in Milwaukee County to serve older adults. For more details on these programs, check out the links below or view our Transportation Guide.

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  Milwaukee County Older Adult Transportation Service (OATS)

OATS is available for eligible Milwaukee County residents that are 60 years or older. Vans provide transportation to medical or dental appointments, grocery shopping and voting, as well as county-owned or sponsored senior centers, cultural sites, senior dining sites, and wellness programs within Milwaukee County. Rides are $4 each way for medical and dental appointments, and a voluntary contribution of $4 per ride is encouraged for other destinations. Rides must be scheduled 3 business days in advance. Call (414) 289-6874.

For a full list of eligible destinations and complete service details see the OATS Service Guide.
Servicio de Transporte Para Adultos Mayores

  WisGo Reduced Fare Card

The WisGo Reduced Fare Card is available for eligible children, older adults, persons enrolled in Medicare or Transit Plus, or persons with a qualifying disability. MCTS buses can take you throughout the county. This reduces the fare to $1 per ride, and customers pay no more than $2 per day, $11/week and $32/month. Call (414) 937-3218.

  Transit Plus

Transit Plus is available for individuals with a physical or cognitive disability that prevent them from using public transit. Transit Plus vans provide accessible transportation to any location in Milwaukee County. Rides through Transit Plus cost $4 each way and must be scheduled 24 hours in advanced. Call (414) 343-1700.

  VEYO

VEYO provides Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) for Wisconsin Medicaid (including IRIS) and BadgerCare Plus members. Rides are free or reimbursed and must be scheduled 2 business days in advanced. Call (866) 907-1493.

  Veterans

The Disabled American Veterans offers rides to and from the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for veterans. Rides are free and must be scheduled two weeks before your appointment. Call (414) 384-2000 ext. 45715.

  Volunteer Drivers

Eras Senior Network volunteer drivers are available for Milwaukee County residents 60 years or older. Eras provides rides to meet basic needs, such as to the doctor or dentist appointments, or trips to the pharmacy, grocery store, or bank. Rides are free and must be scheduled 7 days in advance. Call (414) 488-6500.

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Caregiver Support

Milwaukee County Caregiver Support Program seeks to help family caregivers by offering information, education and support services for caregivers of older adults, caregivers of individuals with dementia, and older adults caregivers who are caring for grandchildren or individuals with disabilities. They offer information, support, and financial resources for caregivers. 

Financial Resources for Caregivers

Taking care of a loved one is important and can be fulfilling, but it can also be challenging. Financial resources are available to help eligible caregivers with respite care, home modifications, self-care, equipment or other support services. 

Email [email protected] or call (414) 289-6874 to learn more.

Health & Wellness Workshops

We are committed to improving the health and wellness of older adults in Milwaukee County. Together with our community partners, we offer wellness and prevention programs that promote healthy living. Click the workshops below or see the current quarterly Wellness Workshops flyer for upcoming dates and times or call (414) 289-6352 for more information.

 

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  Boost Your Brain & Memory

The Boost Your Brain & Memory Program is a evidenced based program that takes a holistic approach to improving brain health. This program was designed for adults 55 and older and is an eight week program meeting once a week for one hour. This program focuses on the concept of cognitive research through: physical activity, emotional health, intellectual activity, nutrition, spiritual activity and social engagement.

  Healthy Living with Chronic Pain

This workshop is designed to help adults  who have on-going, persistent pain learn self-management skills to manage their pain and maintain active and fulfilling lives.  Former workshop participants have reported improved health, health behavior, and a sense of confidence in managing their chronic pain. The workshop meets once a week for six weeks for 2-1/2 hours each session.

West Allis West Milwaukee Recreation Center
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
April 24 - May 29
2450 S. 68th Street, West Allis
To register call (414) 302-8612
 

  Healthy Living with Diabetes

This workshop is designed to help adults with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes or living with someone with diabetes, learn self-management skills and increase their confidence in managing their diabetes. Individuals that attend the workshop learn techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, learn about appropriate exercise, use of medication and healthy eating strategies. Former workshop participants have reported improved health, health behavior, and a sense of confidence in managing their diabetes. The workshop meets once a week for six weeks for 2-1/2 hours each session.

 

  Living Well With Chronic Conditions

Living Well With Chronic Conditions is an evidence-based workshop for people who have one or more chronic conditions. A chronic condition is an ongoing health problem or disease such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other long-term problems. The workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders in a classroom style, but most of the learning comes from sharing and helping others with similar challenges. Workshops meet for 2-1/2 hours a week for six weeks.

West Allis Senior Center

Tuesdays, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
June 11 - July 16
7001 W. National Ave., West Allis
To register call (414) 302-8700

  Mind Over Matter (MOM)

Mind Over Matter is a one month (once a week every other week) program designed to help older women prevent or improve their bladder or bowel incontinence.  It is researched and proven to improve bladder leakage for 71% of women and bowel leakage for 55% of women.

 

  Physical Activity for Lifelong Success (PALS)

Physical Activity for Lifelong Success (PALS) is a program specifically designed for older adults who either don't exercise or haven't exercised in a long while. Gathering with your peers and going at your own pace, PALS has been researched and proven to improve walking speed and distance in participants. The program meets 3 times a week for 10 weeks, followed by 6 months of coaching sessions (calls or in person) to facilitate behavior change and improve physical activity levels of participants.

  Powerful Tools for Caregivers

This workshop is designed to help caregivers cope with the challenges that come up while they are providing care. Individuals who attend the workshop learn to reduce stress, guilt, anger and depression; manage their time, set goals and solve problems; make tough decisions; communicate more effectively; and master care-giving transitions. The workshop meets once a week for six weeks for 2-1/2 hours each session.

  Savvy Caregiver

Savvy Caregiver is a workshop for family caregivers of a person with dementia. Savvy Caregiver helps family caregivers acquire and strengthen knowledge, skills and attitudes to empower them to be more intentional, strategic and responsive in their care role. Gain knowledge to manage daily care, skills to adjust your approach and confidence to set and achieve caregiving goals.

Virtual Workshop - Hosted by Milwaukee County Dementia Care Speicalists

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
June 4 - July 9
Register by May 21 by email at [email protected] or by phone at (414) 289-5792
Workshop Flyer

  Stepping On: Fall Prevention Program

Franklin Public Library

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
April 3 - May 15
9151 West Loomis Road, Franklin
The suggested per person contribution for participation: $10.00
To register call: (414) 427-7533

Village at Manor Park

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
April 3 - May 15
3023 South 84th Street, West Allis
To register call: (414) 302-8700

Aurora Research Institute

Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
April 4, 2024 - May 16, 2024
960 North 12th Street, Milwaukee
To register call: (414) 502-1876

Wauwatosa City Hall - Upper Civic Center

Tuesdays, 9:00 am - 11:00 am 
April 9 - May 21
7725 West North Avenue, Wauwatosa
To register call: (414) 479-8936

Oak Creek Civic Center

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
April 10 - May 22
8640 South Howell Avenue, Oak Creek
To register call: (414) 766-7950 

Kelly Senior Center

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
April 17 - May 29
6100 South Lake Drive, Cudahy
To register call: (414) 481-9611

South Milwaukee Administration Building

Wednesdays, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
April 24, 2024 - June 5, 2024
2424 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee
To register call: (414) 768-8055

St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Parish

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
May 2 - June 20
29661 N. 76th Place, Milwaukee
To register call (414) 358-5600

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

Tuesdays, 9:45 am - 11:45 am
May 28 - July 9
1615 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa
To register call (414) 777-7700 or register online.

Aurora West Allis Medical Center

Wednesday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
September 11 - October 23
8901 West Lincoln Avenue, West Allis
To register call: (414) 328-6630

Kelly Senior Center

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
September 17 - October 29
6100 South Lake Drive, Cudahy
To register call: (414) 481-9611

Aurora Research Institute

Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
October 3 - November 14
960 North 12th Street, Milwaukee
To register call: (414) 502-1876

  Stand Up For Your Health

This workshop is designed to help adults reduce sitting time by standing up and moving more. Sessions take place in a group setting where participants identify barriers to standing more and discuss strategies to increase their standing time. Based on a researched and tested program, Stand Up is shown to: reduce sedentary behavior by 68 minutes per day, reduce problems performing daily activities, reduce pain interference and intensity, improve functional performance, improve vitality and improve general overall health.  The program meets once a week for four weeks, followed by a Booster Session at Week 8.

  Tomando Control de Su Salud

Workshops Offered in Spanish

  Vivir Saludable Con Diabetes

Workshops Offered in Spanish

 

  Walk With Ease

Walk with Ease is an evidence-based intervention that builds confidence to be physically active, reduces pain from arthritis and increases balance, strength and walking pace. Participants meet for 1 hour, 3 times a week for 6 weeks and are guided by a certified leader who provides information, support and the tools needed to help participants set and reach their goals.

Wilson Park Senior Center

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
April 9 - May 20
2601 W. Howard Ave., Milwaukee
To register call (414) 282-5566

Become a Wellness Program Facilitator

We are recruiting facilitators to help lead our Wellness programs. The training is paid and is open to any adult resident living in Milwaukee County who wishes to become trained in any of the programs. To learn more, see our Wellness Facilitator Flyer.

Need Legal Assistance?

Through SeniorLAW, we provide free legal services to Milwaukee County residents ages 60 and older assisting with issues related to benefits, medical assistance and care, housing, consumer protection, and abuse. Call (855) 947-2529 or click the link below for more information.

 

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Adult Protective Services

Our Adult Protective Services Unit investigates allegations of financial exploitation, neglect, self-neglect, emotional abuse and physical abuse of adults age 60 and over and adults with disabilities. The Adult Protective Services unit is not a crisis response unit. If this is an emergency, call 911 or contact your local law enforcement.

How to Report Abuse

You can call our specialists at (414) 289-6874 or fill out the Referral Form below. All referrals are kept anonymous.
 

Report Suspected Abuse

Types of Abuse

  • Financial Exploitation
  • Neglect 
  • Self-Neglect
  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse

Call Us Anytime

Our friendly, knowledgeable social workers will answer questions and connect you with a wide array of resources by phone at (414) 289-6874. Resource Center staff can also make referrals for services such as counseling for long-term support, caregiver respite, transportation, Meals on Wheels and other community-based services.

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

1220 W. Vliet St.

Suite 301

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205

Our Vision

Together, creating healthy communities.

Our Mission

Empowering safe, healthy, meaningful lives.

Our Values

Partnership, Respect, Integrity, 

Diversity, Excellence

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