"To provide programs for Senior Citizens of Benzie County that will promote and encourage opportunities for socialization, education, health, safety, welfare, and independent living with dignity."
The Benzie County Council on Aging
The Benzie County Council on Aging is funded by Benzie County residents through a property tax millage, federal and state funds through the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan, and private donations and grants.
The services listed provide a summary of the programs that we have in place at this time. We are always considering new programs to enable us to better serve all of our seniors in Benzie County. No one is denied service due to the inability to make a contribution.
Contributions are appreciated and will aid with the continuation of all needed services for the seniors of Benzie County .
To make a donation to BENZIE COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING please click on the link below.
ALERT! - Senior Hunger - A Crisis facing our Frail Elderly
Did you know that right here in America we are facing a crisis among our seniors, especially those that are frail? It's called Senior Hunger. Nearly 5 million Americans age 60 and older are at risk for hunger every day - a staggering 79 percent increase in just 10 years.
After a lifetime of work, many seniors are living on fixed incomes. According to Hunger in America 2010, among client households with seniors, 30 percent have had to choose between paying for food and paying for medical care. Because they often need medication to maintain their health, many elderly Americans forgo the foods they need to stay healthy. Additionally, limited mobility and dependence on outside assistance makes seniors particularly vulnerable to hunger. Food insecurity among this population is especially troublesome due to their unique nutritional and special diet needs for medical conditions.
Closer to home in Michigan, 257,835 seniors are struggling with hunger. In Benzie County, our growing senior population is not immune. In fact, our Home Delivered Meals Program has seen an increase of 9% in demand for meals over the past 9 months. Just last month the increase was 14% as compared to the previous month!
The Home Delivered Meals Program by Benzie County Council on Aging (BCCOA) is dedicated to providing our homebound seniors with the necessary nutritional support to protect them against food insecurity, and to help them continue to live independent and fulfilling lives. Without the meals supplied by our program, many seniors would be prematurely placed in assisted living or nursing homes due to their inability to shop for food or prepare their own meals.
BCCOA must add an additional route to our existing Home Delivered Meals Routes due to the increase in demands. But in order to do this, we need help to raise funds to purchase another vehicle. We are calling on you to help "Build our Van." Essentially, we are building our van one part at a time until we have raised $23,000. You can simply buy a bolt or better yet a transmission! (Refer to our price/parts list.) PLEASE HELP US HELP OTHERS!
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*Benzie County Council on Aging, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of Benzie County Coucil on Aging, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity regardless of a persons race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age marital status, height, weight, or disability.
Please Remember: Never give out Medicare, Social Security or Bank Account number to strangers or to unsolicited callers!! Medicare, Social Security and other Federal Agencies WILL NOT CALL beneficiaries or send them emails demanding Bank Account information or threatening loss of benefits.
Be sure to visit the
"Monthly Meals Menu" and "Events Calendar"
pages every month for the latest updates.
Any and all questions regarding services or requests for information can be answered by contacting the Council on Aging office at 231-525-0600 or 1-888-893-1102.