Some 800,000 seniors live in Wisconsin, a 12% jump since 2000. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is the agency that has the job of caring for this burgeoning population, providing services to ensure that as seniors live longer lives, they remain as healthy as possible.
Those services include:
-- Adult Abuse & Neglect Services: Protecting seniors from abuse and neglect, as well as a system of reporting and investigating allegations.
-- Community Options Program: Helping seniors get the long-term support they need to remain in their own homes.
-- Elderly Nutrition Program: Food stamps and coupons, as well as home-delivered food and meals served in a group setting.
-- Energy Assistance: Help paying for heating bills, which can get expensive in Wisconsin.
-- Family Caregivers Programs: Support and assistance for the most selfless people – those taking care of an elderly family member.
-- Music & Memory Program: innovative treatment for Alzheimer’s and other dementia sufferers using personalized music.
-- SeniorCare: Wisconsin’s program to help seniors pay for prescription drugs.
-- Senior Employment Program: Training and job placement for low-income seniors who still have to work.
-- State Health Insurance Assistance Program: Also known as SHIP, it offers assistance to seniors to get through the confusing Medicare maze.
-- Transportations: Make an appointment for transportation to such things as doctor visits, shopping and senior community events.
One of the most important things seniors can do to remain healthy and happy is to get a medical alert system. A system like this has been proven to help seniors keep their independence and living in their own homes for as long as possible – the goal of most of today’s seniors.
That’s because having a medical alert system means you are never truly alone; someone is always watching over you. Thus, you can avoid having to move into a nursing home or an assisted living center, where there is also constant monitoring. You will have it in your own home.
All medical alert companies are national, meaning they operate in every state, including Wisconsin. To begin shopping for a medical alert system, check out this link comparing the services from more than a dozen companies.
The death rate from accidental falls among seniors in Wisconsin is twice the national average. The state has set out to do something about this.
In conjunction with the University of Wisconsin Health Falls Clinic, the state is getting the word out about how dangerous falls are. The education programs tell seniors how to best avoid a fall that could potentially lead to serious injury or death.
These programs are spreading quickly across the state, as communities are coming around to the fact that preventing falls saves lives.
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