Ahead of the Curve: New website launched to connect seniors to programs and services in Washtenaw County

We are pleased to announce the launch of the “Ahead of the Curve” website at getaheadwashtenaw.org. Ahead of the Curve is an innovative new web-based program by Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County that aims to make Washtenaw County a caregiver-friendly community. The goal is to help traditional caregivers and community members identify at-risk, isolated older adults and link them to existing community resources before a crisis occurs.

Ahead of the Curve consists of a searchable online Senior Resource Directory website listing more than 300 county-wide resources for older adults, an online quiz to help older residents and their caregivers get connected with resources, and a blog that covers a range of topics from interesting older adults in Washtenaw County and interviews with local agencies that serve seniors. In addition to other web tools, a five-part caregiving training will be introduced in early 2020 that includes methods to identify and report elder abuse.

This initiative is unique because it engages everyone. The Ahead of the Curve program connects persons who care for or know seniors with resources to help them. Older adults can also take a hands-on approach by completing the online self-assessment that selects resources specific to their responses.

Ahead of the Curve is generously supported by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (Healthy Aging). The Michigan Health Endowment Fund works to improve the health and wellness of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of healthcare, with a special focus on children and seniors. Find more information about the Health Fund at mihealthfund.org.

We all have a role to play in building a more aging-friendly community. More information can be found at: getaheadwashtenaw.org.

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