Office offers centralized information to seniors

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2001

A new office has been set up to help Juneau residents find agencies providing services for seniors.

The Senior Information Office, in the Juneau Senior Center at the corner of 12th Street and Egan Drive, is now open 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"We focus primarily on the elderly and the handicapped, but we can also tell people about programs like Meals on Wheels or how to get help with chores," said Sue Horner, supervisor for care coordination for Southeast Senior Services.

Staff can help find care, housing and medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers or shower chairs, she said.

Horner is one of two trainers who ready people to work at the Senior Information Office. Volunteers are always needed, and are often recruited at monthly meetings of the National Senior Service Corps, she said. In addition to training, volunteers are coached one-on-one for several weeks when they begin staffing the office, Horner said.

As a part of Southeast Senior Services, funded by Catholic Community Service, the office's mission is to help senior citizens maintain their health and independence for as long as possible through the delivery of services and the development of community resources.

"We can set seniors up with nursing services, housekeeping and chore services, and respite - relief to a daughter or son so she or he can go shopping or have a haircut," Horner said.

The office's number is 586-4300. Horner can be reached directly at 586-9774.

The 2000 Census reports 35,699 people over 65 in Alaska, which means about 5 percent of the population is considered elderly.

Ann Chandonnet can be reached at achandonnet@juneauempire.

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