Seniors have access to several free resources in Clarkston and throughout Oakland County that provide various aging-related services and programs that promote mobility and independence. Government organizations and nonprofits provide a range of supportive services from social activities to advocacy for better care in assisted living and other senior care facilities.
SE Michigan Area Agencies on Aging 1-B
SE Michigan AAA serves six counties, including Oakland. Its information and assistance line helps seniors access programs they need to thrive. Other services it administers include meals on wheels, direct home care services, legal services, transportation assistance, health and wellness classes and advocacy programs, among others.
Senior Community Center
Clarkston’s senior center offers wellness and recreational programs, drop-in activities and other services for adults aged 50 and over. Popular activities include computer classes, games, live music, crafts, movies, day and extended trips, informative presentations, dancing instruction, exercise programs and more.
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
The LTC Ombudsman Program is housed under the AAA 1-B office and serves six counties, including Oakland. Residents of long-term care facilities in Clarkston can contact the LTC ombudsman for help with complaints against licensed long-term care facilities. It helps resolve disputes and advocates on behalf of the residents.
Durable Equipment Loan Closet
The Durable Equipment Loan Closet in Clarkston is operated by the Senior Community Center. This program loans out various equipment, including canes, walkers, wheelchairs, commode seats and shower chairs, with a small deposit. Items can be borrowed for up to six months, but extensions are available.
Oakland County Veterans’ Services
(248) 858-0785 or (248) 452-2189
Oakland County’s Veterans’ Services has experienced counselors who help veterans get their benefits, file claims and appeal negative decisions. It also offers a transportation program to ensure veterans make it to their medical appointments at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Detroit and Ann Arbor.