Seniors voice concerns

Support groups and joy rides are among the services older Tri-Cities residents would like to see more.
Krystle Wagner
Apr 10, 2013

A dozen people discussed topics facing elderly residents and what services that could better their lives during a forum Monday at Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging in Grand Haven. Their input will be used to create a plan to better address the needs of local senior citizens, said Amy Florea, community services director for Senior Resources in Muskegon.

Some residents said they wish transportation services were available in Spring Lake Township. Joyce Martyn, 82, said taking a ride around the Tri-Cities would be a nice additional service.

“There’s an awful lot of people who don’t get out,” Martyn said.

The Grand Haven woman said it would be nice to take a ride near Lake Michigan or to see new stores in town. She said it wouldn’t matter if they picked up other people along the way, as long as residents had the opportunity to ride around instead of needing a destination.

Grand Haven resident Chris Nichols said she would be interested in a support group for caregivers after their spouse had passed away. Five years have passed since her husband’s death, but the pain continues, she said.

“We’re very lonely no matter how many people are around us,” said Nichols, who provided care for her husband.

Nichols said it would be helpful to have someone to talk to every so often because pushing through the depression can be challenging.

Residents who would like to offer their input may contact Senior Resources of Muskegon at 800-442-0054. The deadline is April 29.

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