Senior Focus — Winter/Spring 2012 Page 3
Vilas County Commission on Agingprovides service, support & advocacy
The Vilas County Commission on Aging, located at 330 Court Street inEagle River, provides a number of ser- vices to residents who are 60 years oldand older, their caregivers and fami-lies as well as people with disabilities.The Commission came into beingfollowing the enactment of the Older Americans Act in 1965. The act waspassed by Congress to provide commu-nity social services for older persons.The Vilas County board appointedthe Commission on Aging to coordi-nate the programs and services thatwould benefit area seniors.One of those services is the seniornutrition program. There are six din-ing sites including Eagle River atKalmar Senior Center, Land O’ Lakesat 1938 North Supper Club, Phelps atLillian Kerr Healthcare by Rennes, St.Germain/Sayner at Fibbers Bar &Restaurant, Winchester/ManitowishWaters/Presque Isle/Boulder Junctionat Boulder Beer Bar and Lac du Flam-beau at the Lac du Flambeau SeniorCenter.Hot meals are provided for those 60years old and older and their spouses.There is no set fee, however the recom-mended donation is $4 per meal.The nutrition program also in-cludes the Home Delivered Meals pro-gram. Volunteer drivers deliver mealsto homebound seniors and theirspouses, who are unable to attend oneof the local dining sites.Meals are served on designateddays and vary by location.“We’re here to do the best we can foranyone who’s eligible for our services,”said Vilas County Commission on Aging Director Joe Fortmann. “Manyof those people are the least able tocare for themselves in our communi-ties.”“There are individuals who arehomebound, who see no other faceduring the week than the person whodelivers their home-delivered meal,”he added.Fortmann said that cell phones areprovided to all of the volunteerdrivers.“If someone doesn’t come to thedoor to answer the knock when a mealis delivered, we want to know. That’sthe kind of support that we thinkdrives our mission,” Fortmann stated.Other services include an elderlybenefit specialist program, an Alzheimer’s family caregiver supportprogram, in-home support for care-givers, chore service, grandparentsraising grandchildren, handyman pro-gram and transportation services pro- vided by volunteer drivers for seniorsor persons with disabilities.Health and wellness education alsoare provided by the commission.Workshos include Livin Well withChronic Conditions, Powerful Tools forCaregiving and Stepping On, a work-shop to educate participants on safetyand the prevention of falls.In addition, the Commission willoffer information and assistance to ac-cess the ser vices and agencies neededregarding older adult issues.Many of the services and programsoffered by the commission are accom-plished with a combination of trainedstaff members and volunteers fromthe community. Volunteers of all ages can partici-pate in a variety of opportunities suchas escort drivers and meal delivery.Some volunteer duties includemileage reimbursement.For more detailed information onservices, programs or volunteer oppor-tunities, contact the Commission at715 479-3625 or 1-800 374-1123.
Vilas County Commission on Aging Director Joe Fortmannstated that the mission of the agency is to do the best theycan for anyone who’s eligible for their services. Senior citi-zens, family members and caregivers as well as people withdisabilities may use the Commission as a resource for a num-ber of different things including meals, transportation, legal is-sues and various types of support.--Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
Vilas County Commission on Aging — 330 Court St., Eagle River,WI, (715) 479-3625 or 1-(800) 374-1123. Various lunch settingsthroughout the area provide deli-cious hot meals for those 60 or olderand their spouses. There are no in-come requirements but donationsare appreciated. Call the dining siteone day in advance for reservations.Locations, service days and thenumber to call for reservations areas follows:• Kalmar Senior Center, EagleRiver — Monday to Friday, KalmarCenter, (715) 479-2633;• Phelps Senior Center, Phelps— Monday and Friday, Sandy Mut-ter, (715) 545-3983;• State Line Restaurant, LandO’ Lakes — Thursday and Friday,Kathy Niesen ,(715) 547-6071;• The Boulder Beer Bar, BoulderJct. — Wednesday and Thursday,Carol Young, (715) 479-8771;• Fibber’s, St. Germain — Mon-day and Friday, Verdelle Mauthe(715) 542-2951; and• Lac du Flambeau Senior Cen-ter, Lac du Flambeau — Tuesdayand Wednesday, Senior Center,(715) 588-4360.
Vilas County senior dining sites