Aging & Disability Resource Center Programs & Services
ELDERLY NUTRITION PROGRAMS
EFFECTIVE March 13, 2020 ALL CRAWFORD COUNTY MEAL SITES ARE CLOSED. IF YOU NEED A HOME DELIVERED MEAL CONTACT THE ADRC AT 608-326-0235.
Senior Dining meals are available to persons 60 or older and spouses of an active senior dining participant regardless of age.
Senior Dining provides more than a hot, nutritious noon meal for elderly persons. Meals are enjoyed in a warm, family-like atmosphere where opportunities for socialization and friendship can be found.
Donations are accepted for the meals to help provide funding for the nutrition program. The suggested donation per meal is $3.50. The program is available to all seniors regardless of income.
Senior Dining locations are:
Eastman, Salem United Methodist Fellowship Hall, Monday through Friday, serving at 11:30. For more information call 608-326-0235. For a reservation call 608-412-0909.
- Prairie du Chien, Prairie Maison Nursing Home, (720 South Fremont Rd) Monday through Friday, serving 11:45. For more information call 608-326-0235. To make a reservation call 608-326-3224.
- Soldiers Grove, TazZee’s Restaurant, Monday through Friday, serving at 11:30. For more information call 608-326-0235. For a reservation call 608-624-3295.
Home Delivered Meals are intended for the elderly person who is homebound and unable to attend senior dining facilities; unable to shop and/or cook or has no one available to perform these services. Home Delivered meals are delivered Monday through Friday.
Special diets are available upon request. Each person applying for home delivered meals must be assessed to determine the individual’s need for service. An initial phone interview is conducted to determine eligibility.
Confidential donations are accepted for the meals to help provide funding for these services. The suggested donation is $3.50 per meal.
No one is denied meals because of their inability to pay.
Nutrition Intervention Program:
A registered dietitian is available to provide guidance to seniors on nutrition and health information.
For more nutritional information visit The Greater Wisconsin Agency of Aging Resources website at http://gwaar.org/for-seniors-and-families/elderly-nutrition-program-for-seniors.html
ELDER BENEFIT SPECIALIST
A Benefit Specialist is a person trained to help persons 60 years old and older who are having a problem with their private or government benefits. Benefit Specialists receive on-going training from elder law attorneys from the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources.
A Benefit Specialist can help you with:
• Turning 65 options - Medicare, Medicare Supplements and Medicare Advantage Plans
• Medicare Part D – Prescription Drug Program
• Social Security & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
• Food Stamps
• Housing Problems
• Veteran’s Administration Benefits
• Senior Care-Wisconsin’s Prescription Drug Program
DISABILITY BENEFIT SPECIALIST
A Disability Benefit Specialist is a person trained to help persons 59 years old and younger who have disabilities and are in need of assistance with their private or government benefits. Disability Benefit Specialists receive on-going training and assistance from Disability Rights Wisconsin.
A Disability Benefit Specialist can help you with:
• Provide confidential assistance to adults ages 18 to 59 with physical disabilities,
developmental disabilities, mental health issues, and/or substance use disorders.
• Provide current, accurate information about public and private benefit programs.
• Provide guidance regarding eligibility for various programs and benefits.
• Provide assistance to people in applying for SSI/SSDI or appealing a denial of benefits.
INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE SPECIALIST
Our friendly, professional staff can staff can provide objective information and assistance about programs and services throughout the area as well as public benefits that may be available to older adults, people with disabilities, and adults challenged by mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. Individuals can receive information specifically tailored to the situation.
Our staff will discuss services and options available for you or a loved one. You can stop in and see us or we can schedule a visit at a place that is convenient for you.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BUS SERVICE IS NOW AVAILABLE
The Scenic Mississippi Regional transit (SMRT) Bus provides daily (Monday - Friday) public transportation to southwest Wisconsin. The bus services Crawford, Vernon and La Crosse Counties and has stops Prairie du Chien, Lynxville, Ferryville, Lansing Bridge, DeSoto, Genoa and Stoddard. Visit the SMRT website at www.ridesmrt.com for more information and bus schedules and stop locations.
Anyone can ride - just pay the $3.00 one way fare as you board the bus. Buses are handicapped accessible and have internet access on board. Riders must have correct change.
If you have any questions about the routes, please call toll free: 877-444-6543 or visit their website at http://www.ridesmrt.com/ and click on RED Route
NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVER
National Family Caregiver Support Program:
The National Family Caregiver Support Program is designed to help family caregivers meet the needs of their dependent loved ones. You may be eligible if you are a caregiver of a person 60 years of age or older or are a caregiver of a person who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementia that are below the age of 60 years of age. Grandparents or older individuals that are relative caregivers of children under 19 years of age; Grandparent or relative caregivers (must be 55 years old), providing care for adult children with a disability who are between 19 & 59 years of age.
Caregiver Services include:
• Respite care in-home or institutional
• Information and assistance to caregivers
• In-home supplemental services such as chore, personal care and assisted transportation
• Individual counseling and skills training for caregivers.
Aging & Disability Resource Center News:
The Eagle News & Views is a monthly newsletter published for seniors. The newsletter includes senior dining and home delivered meals menus, Senior Traveler schedules, and many informational articles on senior issues.
The Eagle News & Views is distributed throughout Crawford County at area grocery stores, banks, restaurants, elderly housing units, and at all senior dining centers.
To read the online version of the Aging & Disability Resource Center monthly newletter visit and follow the directions below the link.
To view the latest edition of the Aging & Disability Resource Center Newsletter - Search Aging in the left box and Prairie du Chien, WI in the right box.
AARP TAX AIDE
AARP - Tax Aide: Call the ADRC at 608-326-0235 to set-up an appointment with the AARP Tax Volunteers. See Calendar of Events for more information on free tax assistance for those who need it most. Serving Crawford County residents. Appointments are required.
UPDATE ON TAX PREPARATION
On March 18th, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced that the government would be providing taxpayers additional time to pay their federal income taxes in order to allow taxpayers to better deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Later that day, the Treasury Department issued Notice 2020 – 17. The purpose of that notice was to provide details on how the government will handle this delay in payments.
What do you need to know?
Keep in mind that only the due date to pay taxes has been extended; at this time, the due date to file tax returns is unchanged. If you cannot be ready to file by April 15th, you may file for an extension. However, it is our recommendation that you still make every effort to file as you would in a normal year.
State governments are not required to adopt changes made by the federal government. Some states have adopted measures much more lenient than the federal government. Some states have adopted completely different measures. Fortunately, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has been attempting to keep track of all Coronavirus-related due date changes by the various states. They are posting the results of that effort at this link: https://link.zixcentral.com/u/648859fa/7DINXwpq6hGi7CYyh3soMg?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftinyurl.com%2Fstateduedates
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is designed to aid those who care for loved ones impacted by a variety of chronic conditions such as a stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's mental illness, heart disease, or similar long-term conditions.
The goals of this course include:
Identifying and reducing personal stress
Communicating feelings, needs, and concerns
Managing challenging situations
Learning from emotions
Mastering tough caregiving decisions
Communicating effectively with health care providers
Call the ADRC for more information at 608-326-0235.
Falls Prevention Workshop:
The Falls Prevention Workshop offers older people a way of reducing falls and at the same time increasing self confidence in situations where they are at risk of falling. The workshop covers a range of issues, including falls and risk, strength and balance exercises, home hazards, safe footwear, vision and falls, safety in public places, community mobility, coping after a fall and understanding how to initiate a medication review.
Building Confidence ...Reducing Falls
Food and beverage provide. Transportation available.
This is a FREE program to participants and open to the public.
Contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center Office at 608-326-0235 for more information or to register for the workshop.
Strong Bones Program:
The Strong Women, Strong Bones ™ Program is a 11-week program for men and women of all ages. Each class includes progressive weight training, flexibility, balance activities, and nutrition education.
Research shows that a program of strength training
* Improves bone density
* Reduces falls
* Improves arthritis symptoms
* Increases flexibility
* Increases strength
Benefits Mental Health
* Improves mood & attitude
* Decreases depression
* Allows you to sleep more soundly
* Increases energy level
* Provides the opportunity to socialize with others &
build a new circle of friends
These exercises are safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health.
People with health concerns such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and back pain often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting weights a few times each week.
To learn more or to register call UW Extension at 608-326-0223.
Additional Health and Wellness websites to visit are:
Wisconsin Institute on Healthy Aging http://wihealthyaging.org/
Greater Wisconsin Agency of Aging Resources http://gwaar.org/for-professionals/health-promotion-for-professionals.html
National Institute of Health - Senior Health http://health.nih.gov/
Your preparedness before an emergency occurs is a the key to surviving an emergency. Please prepare now.
Emergencies can happen anytime and often they are unexpected. We often think of emergencies being weather related, such as tornado's, flooding, blizzards, etc., but they can be crisis related, too.
A crisis emergency would include a fire in your home/apartment building a pandemic flu outbreak or a chemical spill in the community. Regardless of the emergency situation, it is very important to be prepared ahead of time.
Your preparedness before an emergency occurs is the key to surviving an emergency. Please prepare now. Visit one of the following websites for more information on Emergency Preparedness.
For a 3-Day Emergency Supply Checklist and Are You Ready Wisconsin is an excellent resource to help you prepare visit:
For information on Emergency Preparedness for seniors:
Code RED Weather Warning:
The Code RED Weather Warning is a unique service that automatically calls citizens in the Crawford County area in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.
In addition to weather warnings you can also receive general community notifications such as street closures and public awareness information by checking the “General Notifications” box on the sign up page. You may add as many cellphone, landline and email addresses for your family as you wish as long as they are all for the same address. Simply go back into the sign up page and add additional numbers as needed. There is no direct cost to you for signing up for any of the alerts.
If you need assistance in signing up for Code Red Weather Warning call the ADRC Prairie du Chien Office at 608-326-0235.