2013-08-30 21:36:09 - Deaf and hard of hearing seniors seek social interaction and other resources, that can be accessed in Michigan at 15 different Satellite sites operated by Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc.
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., – August 30, 2013 – Nearly half of the adult population loses some hearing after the age of 60, significant enough to effect daily communication. Traditionally seniors tend to require some level of assistance as they age and seek social interaction, and these needs are heightened in those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Michigan based Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services (DHIS) serves deaf and hard of hearing seniors at 15 different satellite sites across the southeast region of the state. At the satellite sites services are offered to aid in daily communication, and also programs to keep deaf and hard of hearing seniors involved and active within their community.
DHIS maintains its senior programs at 15
sites in southeast Michigan, including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Livingston and Monroe counties. Activities and services include group education on topics like health care, nutrition and life planning, conducted as needed in American Sign Language (ASL). Picnics, parties, field trips and individual client assistance are conducted by specially trained case managers. Deaf, hard of hearing and non-hard of hearing seniors are all encouraged to attend.
“It’s really more than deaf services. All seniors crave company and our programs keep these folks involved with their lifelong friends and a familiar community,” says Linda Booth, executive director of DHIS. DHIS senior programs of deaf services receive support from the Detroit Area Agency on Aging 1-A, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, the Area Agency on Aging I-C and the Monroe Commission on Aging. More than 30 volunteers assist with the programs.
For more information about Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services visit www.dhisonline.org or call (248) 473-1888.
About Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc.
Established in 1993, Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services (DHIS) is a nonprofit, grass roots agency providing a continuum of high quality, comprehensive services for deaf and hard of hearing older adults and their families in southeast Michigan. DHIS links consumers to the deaf youth population through mentoring programs that enhance language and living skills, while promoting their independence and dignity through cooperative efforts with other community-based service providers and educational entities. Services include full case management, information and referral, advocacy, sign language instruction and accessing services such as legal aide, Social Security, hospitals, courts, medical clinics and home health care. Through 15 satellite sites located in seven counties, DHIS offers group education, free hearing screenings, social and recreational activities and individual client assistance. DHIS also offers experienced, professional, state and nationally certified sign language interpreters in a variety of public and private settings 24 hours, seven days a week. For more information visit www.dhisonline.org or call (248) 473-1888 or 248-473-1875 (TTY).