Carey Torrice hosts a Senior Outreach DayCarey Torrice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Phil Frame
Oct. 2, 2008 Office of Public Affairs
[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of news releases about separate senior citizen outreach programs in Macomb County communities. Although the releases are similar, the programs differ, and they are held at different locations, dates and times. They are sponsored by Macomb County commissioners, who contribute to planning and running the event.]
Senior Outreach Day scheduled for Clinton Township
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. “ The Macomb County Senior Citizen Services Department and County Commissioners Paul Gieleghem and Carey Torrice will host a Senior Outreach Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in Clinton Township.
Flu and pneumonia vaccines, blood pressure testing, vision and cholesterol screening and vital information of interest to senior citizens will be available. The clinic will be held at the Clinton Township Senior Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road.
The Macomb County Health Department will provide flu vaccinations to all adults and to children who are at least 6 months old. Pneumonia vaccine also will be available to people at least 65 years old or those with special health concerns.
A $15 charge for each vaccination is payable with cash or check. Debit and credit cards are not accepted. The fee also may be billed to Medicare Part B or Medicaid for residents enrolled in those programs. Medicare or Medicaid billing requires recipients to show their program ID card and a valid driver’s license or other form of photo identification. HAP Medicare clients must pay the fee or obtain the vaccine at their in-network medical provider.
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Free prescription discount cards and 9-1-1 cell phones also will be available to senior citizens. Representatives from Senior Citizen Services and other agencies will have information about more programs and services. The U.S. Postal Service will have passport information available.
Senior citizens also can help the environment by bringing unneeded or expired non-narcotic medication for proper disposal by the health department’s Environmental Health Division. Medication should not be flushed down the toilet because it ends up in wastewater treatment plants that are not equipped to remove drugs. The drugs can contaminate drinking water. Bring the drugs in a non-descript container with no identifying information such as a plastic bag.
For further details about the outreach program, contact Cathy Wilson at 586-469-6307.
The Macomb County Department of Senior Citizen Services is sponsored by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners and receives county funds for all services. Funding for the department also comes from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, the Office of Services to the Aging, state grants and the Older Americans Act.