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Oakland County Dental Program

The Oakland County Discount Dental Program is not dental insurance but it is a program that assists in lowering out-of-pocket expenses for dental services. Nearly 90,000 dentists participate nationwide in this program. The membership cost is $6.95/month or $69. annually. This fee includes up to nine persons total residing at the same address including students in college. The program provides an average of 20% to 50% off almost all general dentists and specialists standard fees. For example an average fee of $79. charged for a cleaning would cost you $49 when enrolled in this program; a savings of $30

You are automatically accepted when you apply. There are no income restrictions; no limits on the number of times you can see a provider; no waiting period; no age restrictions; no annual benefit maximums; and no claim forms to file.

The dentist you see must be a participating dentist with this program. You can call your dentist or dental specialist to see if he/she participates in this program. You can also access a provider list, as well as an application, on-line at www.oakgov.com/discountdental. For more information or to enroll by phone, call customer care toll free at 1-866-498-7914.

Once you apply you will receive a dental I.D. card in 7—10 business days and can start using it immediately. When you visit your participating provider, just show him/her your ID card at the time of your appointment and the provider will charge you the discounted rate for services included in the program. You are responsible to pay the full amount of this discounted rate at the time of service.

How to Hazard-proof your home Seminar, June 29, 2010

Gary Oliva, President and Owner of the Go Barrier Free company, presented lots of information to help seniors have safe and secure homes. Most seniors want to stay in their homes as they age and these changes can help them continue to be independent, safe and comfortable.

Here are some things we learned:

  • To prevent scalding, lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
  • Remove all throw rugs to prevent falls.
  • Put traction tape in your shower to prevent slipping and falling.
  • Improve your lighting, especially in your front and rear entrances and hallways.
  • Switch to lever handles on doors and windows. •
  • Install ramps and handrails for entrances to homes and inside homes where there are steps between levels. The ramp needs to have 1 foot of length for every inch of rise in the step.
  • Install grab bars in the bathroom.
  • Switch to single lever faucets.
  • Install hand held showers for sitting or standing.

For personal safety in emergencies, we learned about:

  • The Care Medical History Bracelet. This is a soft rubber band with a memory “chip” that contains your medical history, current medications, your doctors and insurance information. The data is transferred to the bracelet by plugging it into the USB port of your computer. Then, if you have a medical emergency, the medical staff can plug the bracelet into a computer and read all your information. It also comes in a key chain version. The bracelet costs about $25.
  • Medical alarm systems that can be worn as wrist bands or necklaces, e.g., Guardian Alarm Company’s personal emergency response system. There are several companies that offer these types of alarms with various features and services. They usually have a monthly fee for this service. The individual just presses an alarm if they need medical assistance, e.g., if they have fallen, and the company responds. If you have suggestions to make our church building more barrier and hazard free, please talk with Barb Krumrey (our head trustee), Jim Bugg or Chuck Blackwell.

If you would like more information from Gary Oliva, you can contact him at 248-398-4783 or go to his website at www.gobarrierfree.org. He is a Certified Aging-in-place Specialist (CAPS) who does home safety assessments and barrier free remodeling.

Emergency Senior Cell Phone Program

Oakland County's 911 Emergency Senior Cell Phone Program is designed to equip seniors with a mobile means of contacting help in the event of an emergency. The cell phones are available to any Oakland County Senior Citizen free of charge. There is no monthly service fee to use the phone for emergency use.

Cell phone distribution hours are: Every Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Where: Oakland County Sheriff's Office, 1200 North Telegraph Road, Building 38E, Pontiac, MI 48341. This is north of the County Courthouse and north of the Summit Place Mall, between Pontiact Lake Road and Dixie Highway.

You may also donate your unwanted inactive cell phone to this service. The phones must be in good condition and include an AC/DC recharging unit.

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the same address as above. For additional information, call their Community Events Hotline at 248-975-9700.

Senior Advocate Newsletter

The Senior Advocate newsletter is published quarterly by Oakland County. It offers a wealth of information for seniors relating to services, opportunities, and pertinent health and well-being information for Oakland County residents.

To subscribe at no cost, contact their office at 248-858-0213 or by mail at 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Bldg 36E, Pontiac, MI 48341-0432 or by email to Mary Strobe at strobem@oakgov.com.

This newsletter can also be accessed online at the Oakland County Senior Website www.oakgov.com/seniors

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