Department on Aging
 

DHHS Division on Aging

Affirming the Dignity and Value of Older Adults in Our County

 

Staffperson helping older adult

 

Updates in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Complete details on MCDA services that will be changing at this time as a precaution. 

Aging News

MKE Wellness Symposium

Event focusing on healthier aging and a healthier Milwaukee County.  Register here.

8/4

Boost Your Brain and Memory

Launching a new program taking a holistic approach for improving brain health.

6/27

Dine Out

Get a delicious meal and support local minority-owned restaurants!

6/30

Senior Dining Re-Opening

The gradual return to in-person dining is underway. Click here for more details.

6/1

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.

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

Dementia Care

Elder Abuse

Resource Center Database

 

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Give Us a Call

Phone: (414) 289-6874
Toll Free: (866) 229-9695
TRS: 711

Email

agewebinfo@milwaukeecountywi.gov

Location

1220 W. Vliet St., Suite 300
Human Services Building Update

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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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 $3 each way for medical and dental appointments, and a voluntary contribution of $3 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.

  Reduced Fare Card

The Reduced Fare Card is available for financially eligible individuals 65 years or older and persons with disabilities. MCTS buses can take you throughout the county. This pass reduces the MCTS bus fare to $1.10 per bus ride. Call (414) 937-3218.

  GO Pass

The GO Pass is available for eligible seniors or persons with disabilities. MCTS buses can take you throughout the county. The pass allows eligible riders one-day, unlimited rides for $2 on MCTS buses. Call (414) 289-6874.

GO Pass Program Flyer

  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.

Senior Couple StandingCaregiver Support

The Family Caregiver Support Network seeks to help family caregivers by offering information, education and support services to assist caregivers of older adults as well as older adults caring for grandchildren or children with disabilities. They offer counseling, training and resources for caregivers. For the Family Caregiver Support Network call the Alzheimer's Association at (414) 479-8800.

Respite Care

Taking care of a loved one is important and can be fulfilling, but it can also be exhausting. It is important that caregivers take an occasional break for rest. Respite care is temporary care of your loved one so that you, the caregiver, can get a short period to recharge. Funding may be available to help cover the cost of respite care. Call (414) 289-6874 to learn if you are eligible.

 

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 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.

Virtual Offering - Hosted by Milwaukee County Dementia Care Specialist
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
August 24 - October 12
To register call (414) 289-6259 or email dcs@milwaukeecountywi.gov

 

  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.

 

 

  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.

 

Virtual Workshop - Hosted Online by Alzheimer's Association
Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
October 4 - November 15
There is no cost for participation
To register call: (800) 272-3900 

  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.

 

McGovern Park Senior Center
Wednesdays, 11:30 - 1:00 pm
August 3rd - Sept 7th 
4500 West Custer Avenue, Milwaukee
Participation is Free and Respite Care is Available
To register call: (414) 479-8800 ext. 1947 ask for Martha Loew

Workshop Flyer

  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 Online by Milwaukee County Dementia Care Specialists
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
November 1 - December 6
To register email dcs@milwaukeecountywi.gov or call (414) 289-6259

Savvy Caregiver Workshop Flyer

  Stand Up & Move More

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.

 

New Location: New Perspectives-Franklin
Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
June 7 - June 28 with Booster Session on July 26
7220 S. Ballpark Drive, Franklin WI 53132
To register call: 414-425-9101

 

Greenfield City Hall
Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
June 22 - July 13
7325 West Forest Home Avenue, Greenfield
There is no cost to participate
To register call: (414) 329-5270

 

 

  Stepping On: Fall Prevention Program

Stepping On is a program proven to reduce falls and build confidence in older people. Participants gain specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls in community settings. It is designed specifically for people who are: at risk of falling, have a fear of falling, or who have fallen one or more times.

Workshops are facilitated by trained leaders as well as professional guest speakers including: physical therapists, pharmacists, vision specialists and safety specialists. Stepping On workshops meet for two hours a week for seven weeks.

 

Aurora Research Institute - Steigleder Auditorium
Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
June 30 - August 11
960 North 12th Street, Milwaukee
There is no cost to particpate
To register call: (414) 219-5241

Aurora Research Institute - Steigleder Auditorium
Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
October 6 - November 17
960 North 12th Street, Milwaukee
There is no cost to participate
To register call; (414) 219-5241 

 

 

  Tomando Control de Su Salud

Workshops Offered in Spanish

  Vivir Saludable Con Diabetes

Workshops Offered in Spanish

 

  Walk With Ease

Walk with Ease is designed to help people living with arthritis better manage their pain. People without arthritis who want to make walking a regular habit can benefit too. 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.

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.

Need Legal Assistance?

SeniorLAW provides free legal information, legal assistance and benefits specialists to older adults in Milwaukee County. Contact us for more information.

 

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Elder Abuse

Our Adult Protective Services Unit investigates allegations of financial exploitation, neglect, self-neglect, emotional abuse and physical abuse of adults age 60 and over. 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 Elder Abuse Referral Form below. All referrals are kept anonymous.
 

Report Elder Abuse

Types of Elder 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 DHHS DIVISION ON AGING

1220 W. Vliet St., Suite 300
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Phone: (414) 289-6874
Toll Free:  1-866-229-9695
Fax: (414) 289-8568
TRS: 711
Email

DHHS Vision

Together, creating healthy communities.

DHHS Mission

Empowering safe, healthy, meaningful lives.

Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services

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