senior citizens

Michigan Medicine /

For the second year, the "Big Hearts For Seniors" event, which supports five community-supported programs of Michigan Medicine that serve older adults, is taking place online.

Lisa Barry talks with one of the storytellers, "Dr. Red Shoe" Dr. Margarita Gurri, and event co-chair and one of the directors of a program that benefits from this event, Jennifer Howard, about how stories can connect us, inspire us, and help.

Voter turnout was just over 18% in several local elections that took place in Washtenaw County on Tuesday. WEMU's Lisa Barry has the full story:

Alison Petersen
Feonix-Mobility Rising /

Washtenaw County residents aged 50 and over may not get out and about as easily as younger folks.  It can be even harder for those with less financial means.  A new pilot program called "AARP Ride@50+" was developed to make public transit more accesible, and its community development manager, Alison Petersen, joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the program and what it has, so far, achieved. 

Melissa Goodson
Melissa Goodson

For residents of retirement communities, being vigilant about following COVID-19 protocols is critical.  The United Methodist Retirement Community (UMRC) in Chelsea knew that sheltering in place could lead to a sense of isolation and disconnection.  Melissa Goodson, major gifts officer at UMRC, joins Deb Polich and David Fair to discuss the impact hand-curated streamed performances have on the well-being of the UMRC residents.  Listen here. 

Jeff Irwin
Michigan Senate Democrats /

Despite a very difficult year of 2020, Governor Whitmer's third State of the State address had a very positive tone.  Even though he knew it's what Michiganders needed to hear, Michigan Senator Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor acknowledged that it will take a lot of work to achieve bipartisanship in the state Legislature.  Irwin talks about his thoughts on the governor's speech with WEMU's David Fair.

Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels

Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels has seen a drastic increase in the number of people they’re serving since the pandemic started.  

Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels

Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels plans to play a role in informing local residents about the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Ann Arbor Meals On Wheels

COVID-19 is not stopping Ann Arbor’s Meals on Wheels from delivering meals this Thanksgiving.  

Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County voters will not see a public health and seniors millage proposal on the November ballot.  

COVID-19 Coping Study /

Looking for the impact of COVID-19 on older Americans, University of Michigan researchers Dr. Lindsay Kobayashi and Dr. Jessica Finlay surveyed nearly 7,000 adults between the ages of 55 and 100 to find out what they were most concerned about due to our current global health crisis.

They talk to WEMU's Lisa Barry about their findings and what can be done with that information to improve lives as the pandemic plays out moving forward.

Big Hearts for Seniors
Michigan Medicine /

Big Hearts For Seniors serves older adults in Washtenaw County and, due to the current coronavirus pandemic, plans to hold an upcoming storytelling event online.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Shannon Etcheverry, director of Silver Club Programs, and local storyteller Breeda Miller about the planned "Big Hearted Stories: Experiences of Aging" event.

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is considering adding a public health and seniors millage proposal on the November ballot.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners plans to improve public services in the county for senior citizens by establishing a Commission on Aging.  

Local Organization Helping Seniors Grow Food At Home

Apr 24, 2020

Growing Hope in Ypsilanti is offering a “Home Vegetable Garden Program” to senior citizens during the COVID-19 crisis. 


Health officials are confirming an outbreak of COVID-19 at an Ann Arbor nursing home.

Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

While we adapt to life in a coronavirus crisis, staying engaged and serving others as best we can is of crucial importance.  The Mayor of Ypsilanti is spending some of her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" time reaching out to the community's senior citizens.  Seniors are most at risk in this crisis and are more likely to be disconnected from electronic communication.  Beth Bashert joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her outreach efforts, community observations during shutdown, and explain current and future city operations. 

Getting a proper count in the upcoming census is not as simple as it sounds.  There are concerns about count accuracy in our elderly population and among college students.  Area Agency on Aging 1-B community organizer/project coordinator Melody Bryant and EMU assistant director of community relations and engagement Caroline Sanders join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation to clear up these confusions in this month's edition of "Census 2020."

Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

Providing affordable housing for low-income residents can be difficult, especially those who are senior citizens.  Fortunately, Michigan Medicine created the HomeShare program, which allows seniors to share housing with other individuals.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair has a conversation about this amazing program with Janet Hunko, director of the Housing Bureau for Seniors at Michigan Medicine, and Judy Slater, who volunteers regularly with HomeShare.

Manchester Community Resource Center /

In rural communities, services, such as grocery stores, medical facilities, and access to public transportation, can be seriously limited.  The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) was created by the Corporation and National Community Service (CNCS) and housed within the Senior Services department at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. The RSVP program seeks out community partnerships who are in need of volunteers to help support their mission and goals. Manchester Community Resource Center director, Laura Seyfried and local RSVP volunteer Delores Notten talk about the program's efforts and goals with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Washtenaw United."

#OTGYpsi: 'Memory Cafes' Maintain Social Skills Of Local Seniors

Apr 17, 2019
David Lewinski / Concentrate Media

Living with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia makes life difficult for older people and their family members.  One life aspect that suffers the most is social interaction, which is why the Ypsilanti Senior Center established the "We Care Connect Memory Cafe" program.  It allows seniors to maintain social connections and even create new ones.  Monica Prince and Shonda Gibbs from the Ypsilanti Senior Center talk about the program with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels is known for keeping people in need from going hungry, especially senior citizens.  But thanks to a grant supported by the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, the Washtenaw County organization will expand its services.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has the story.

Kathy Whitaker
Grace Yoon-Aie Pang

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area is working to help seniors register to vote, apply for absent voter ballots, and get on the permanent absent voter list, but never with the actual ballot itself.  This week, on "In the Public Interest," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to League of Women Voters member Kathy Whitaker about helping seniors engage in the democratic process.

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Michigan may do a one-time study looking at what kind of care seniors will need – and whether they can afford it. 

Lisa Barry

Anne Dickerson is a professor and director of research for the Older Adult Driver Initiative at East Carolina University and spoke about the safety and planning necessary for older and aging drivers at Eastern Michigan University.

She talked with 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry about how we can keep older adults on the road as long as possible and how to keep them safe.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Nearly 70 community leaders, many of them Washtenaw County elected officials, gathered today for a policy forum to address the growing need for affordable housing for senior citizens. 

Cross Street Village
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

A community protest is planned for this afternoon to show support for senior citizens living at Cross Street Village in Ypsilanti.  This is an emotional situation impacting affordable housing for local seniors. 

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Senior citizens who live at the Cross Street Village apartments in Ypsilanti, the former site of Ypsilanti High School, are concerned they may have to leave their homes.  A regulatory rent control agreement that has provided affordable housing for them is expected to expire on August 31st.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has been following this story and brings us this special feature.  

Meals on Wheels
University of Michigan /

Meals on Wheels will provide a hot meal this Christmas to people in need in Washtenaw County.  Here's what to expect from the Ann Arbor chapter this holiday.


A lot of attention is being focused on a Washtenaw County senior housing complex because of malfunctioning equipment in the building that has residents feeling trapped and unsafe.  But the situation is not only affecting the elderly. 

Lona Mody
Courtesy Photo / University of Michigan

One out of every four senior citizens contract multi-drug resistant infections, or superbugs, after a hospital stay.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Dr. Lona Mody, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, on ways to resist these powerful bugs.