Senior ServicesMeeting the needs of Milwaukee County’s senior population.
The Social Development Commission (SDC) offers a variety of programs for Milwaukee County’s older adult population. For seniors, regular activity and being involved are some of the most important things you can do for your health.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) reports that more than one-third of adults aged 45 and older feel lonely, and nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated. Being lonely leads to a 50% increased risk of dementia and other serious medical conditions, according to the CDC.
Get involved with SDC’s Senior Services and keep yourself active while making an impact in the community.
Some seniors may need a little extra help at home. Other seniors may be more active and are looking for volunteer opportunities. SDC’s Senior Services offers programs to fit a variety of needs.
Complete the inquiry form below to get involved with SDC’s Senior Services!
Foster Grandparent Program
In 1960, a White House Conference on Aging highlighted the need for all older people to stay active. Organizers believed this could be accomplished if Americans found a way to serve their country. Ultimately, this led to the creation of the Foster Grandparent Program.
Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with educational and social needs.
Our Foster Grandparent Program pairs volunteers with young students – pre-school through sixth grade. The relationship that blossoms also helps young students develop self-confidence for life. Volunteers age 55 and older serve youth at various locations, including Milwaukee Public Schools. Volunteers also serve young people at organizations that:
- Help children learn to read and provide one-on-one tutoring.
- Care for premature infants or children with disabilities.
- Help children who have been abused or neglected.
We are always in need of foster grandparents. Discover more about the program and apply today by completing the inquiry form below!
SDC Foster Grandparent Testimonial
I am writing on behalf of the summer assignment with the Foster Grand Parents and the students. We couldn’t have chosen a better place. The SDC employees were very polite, efficient, loyal, and trustworthy. The SDC workers were always very professional. They gave the young students a feeling of belonging. They taught them how to work as a cooperate team. Ms. Pat, Candace, Ron ran the kitchen clockwise. They never lost sight of who they were, and neither did the other staff. We as Foster Grandparents and the students were eager to get to work every morning and complete our task. We brought immerse energy to the kitchen. They always kept the atmosphere positive. We had quite a revolving door of the kitchen staff and office managers Earl, Griselda, students, and the foster grandparents. I really like the way our youth conducted themselves. They showed up on time, followed command, and carried themselves in a polite and respectable manner. Who said that our Black Youth can’t listen and follow direction? They represent themselves with a level head and confidence. All they need is someone to take the time out and believe in them that they can achieve. The love their music. I watched them as they work so diligent patting their feet as they complete their task. Thank you SDC Senior Services for placing the Foster Grandparents at this site. We learn how much hard work it takes to make a program.
Senior Companion Program
The Social Development Commission has a long tradition of working to enrich the lives of senior citizens. In 1974, we started the Senior Companion program because as we age, we may need a little extra help.
SDC’s Senior Companion Program helps older adults maintain an independent lifestyle at home. Those who receive care are typically elderly individuals who are homebound, live alone in their own home and may be at risk for institutional placement.
Senior Companion volunteers help. Each Senior Companion volunteer, age 55 or older, cares for two to four adult clients.
The Senior Companion volunteer assists with simple chores like grocery shopping. They provide transportation to medical appointments and many program participants enjoy fun outings together like a movie.
- Senior Companions serve 15 to 40 hours per week.
- Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, mileage reimbursement, training, and supplemental insurance while on duty.
- Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free hourly stipend.
For more information about our Senior Programs at SDC, please call 414.906.2700 or complete the form below.
We are here to help those individuals and families find their pathway to success. We encourage you to check out some of our other services that may help you find your path, especially during these troubling times.
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