Senior Services

The Orion Center strives to be a center that promotes independence and enhances dignity and respect. We advocate for the Orion Area senior members, their families, and caregivers by collaborating and nurturing networks and relationships across institutions, agencies, and community service organizations. We encourage social development through crafts, games, trips, parties, exercise, sports, education classes, reading groups, volunteerism, and partnerships.

 

The Newsletter for October is hot off the press! Please note: this issue has a lot of important information pertaining to slowly re-opening our facilities. If you have any questions please contact us at 248-391-0304 x3500.

Also, those that decide to register for indoor activities there is one important new procedure that was just added that is not stated in this issue. All participants will be required to scan a membership key fob as they enter the building, and then scan again as they exit the building. If you do not have a key fob you will be issued one your first time entering the Orion Center.


ORION CENTER NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER 2020

50+ Online Registration and Activities

Need Assistance getting to the Orion Center or anywhere in Oakland County? NOTA can help you. Click here to apply to be a rider. 

Looking for a hot meal and a friendly visit. Click here to learn more about Meals on Wheels. 

Interested in having lunch at the Orion Center? Click here to see what will be served. The Orion Center is currently closed in accordance with the current Executive Order. We will notify all members once we are open. 

Free Orion Center Membership for 50+ Adults

Membership at the Orion Center provides an opportunity for adults age 50+ to participate in a variety of programs geared for seniors. Membership is free to both residents and non-residents. Membership allows members to participate in many programs at no cost including Movie Club, Ham Radio Club, Bingo, Card Club, Knitters and Crochet Club, Spanish Club, Quilting Club, etc. Fee based programs are also available for seniors to participate in, including arts and crafts, cards, exercise classes (yoga, tai chi, Zumba), monthly special luncheons and events, trips, and other activities. 

Orion Center Exercise Room for 56+ Adults
The Exercise Room at the Orion Center provides an opportunity for seniors age 56+ to use treadmills, exercise bikes and resistance equipment to enhance their health and wellness. The Exercise Room is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am-4:00 pm. You must have a current membership to use this room.
 

New Procedures for the Exercise Room 

The Exercise Room will be opening Monday, October 12

· All members will need to make an appointment with Orion Center staff prior to entering the Exercise Room. 5 participants will be allowed to be in the Exercise Room at one time.

· Each membership will need to have up to date contact information in our software system.

· Once you arrive for your scheduled appointment all participants will need to fill out the designated wellness form confirming they do not have any symptoms.

· Before entering the Exercise Room, all participants will need to scan their key fob that is to the right of the door. This will log the date and start time in our software system.

· All participants must wear a facial covering at all times.

· Please maintain 6ft distance from other participants in the room. Some equipment will be marked as “out of order” to ensure 6ft distance.

· All patrons must disinfect exercise equipment after use.

· Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be readily available at all times.

· When exiting all participants must scan their key fob. This will log the date and end time in our software system.

· The room will be disinfected twice daily (7:00 am and 12:30 pm).

You must be 54 or older with a membership to use the Exercise Room.

Hours: Monday-Friday– 9:00 am-4:00 pm (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

Fee: $6/month Resident, $12/month Non-Resident

 

All Exercise Room Memberships that were active on March 13th will be reactivated on Monday October 12th. To ensure that all members are able to use the full value of their membership, the time between March 14th and when your membership would have expired (or October 11th, whichever was earlier) will be added onto your membership.

(e.g. If your membership would have expired on April 1st, then 19 days will be added to your membership and will begin on October 12th and expire on October 30th)

 

Orion Township Public Library Orion Center Branch- Currently Closed

Open Monday-Friday from 10:00 am-3:00 pm, the Orion Center branch of the Orion Township Public Library is located downstairs in the Orion Center, and caters especially to senior citizens. For a slower pace and a smaller venue, stop by and check out large print books, audio-books, and movies. Put and take paperbacks, puzzles, magazines, current copies of local newspapers, and four computers and a printer are available for all to use and enjoy. Come to the Orion Center Branch for our Book Bunch book discussions, computer classes, and other programs for Seniors. 
Phone: 248.693.6840
Click here to visit the Orion Township Public Library website. 
 

Transportation

North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA): 248.693.7100
Transportation Service for seniors, disabled adults 18+, and transit-dependent individuals who are residents of Addison, Orion, and Oxford Townships. Pre-registration and interview is required prior to use of service, and process can take up to two weeks before service begins. Call at least 48 hours in advance. Reservations for doctor appointments will be taken up to three weeks in advance. Wheelchair lift available- please inform dispatcher when you call if you require facilities for the physically challenged. DISPATCH HOURS: 8:00 am-2:00 pm Monday-Friday. Services available on Saturdays for local shopping and on Sundays for local church services. Fares are $1 each way within Oxford, Orion, or Addison, and $2 each way outside of these areas. 

Hours of Service:
Monday- Friday: 6:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am-2:00 pm
 

Hot Lunch and Meals on Wheels Program

If you are going to have lunch at the Orion Center, please call 248.391.0304 x3510 by 10:00 am the day before so your meal can be reserved (to eat lunch on Mondays, call by 10:00 am on the Friday before).
Meals are delivered Monday-Friday for home-bound residents of the Orion Area. For home delivered meals, call 248.608.0264 for details and to register. 

MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS NEEDED! Volunteer drivers are desperately needed to deliver meals to home-bound seniors in Orion and Oxford Communities. Over 60 meals are delivered daily. Routes are available any day of the week and on weekends. 4-6 volunteers per day are needed. This is a great opportunity for families, church groups, students, civic groups, businesses, employees, and retirees to assist home-bound seniors by providing a daily hot meal. Call 248.391.0304 x3510 to volunteer for meal delivery.
 

Senior Resources

Administration on Aging (AoA)    ---   www.acl.gov
Alzheimer's & Related Disorders Center   1.800.272.3900   ---
Alzheimer's Association   1.800.272.3900   www.alz.org
Alzheimer's Disease Foundation & Referral Center (DEAR)    ---   www.alzheimers.gov
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)   ---   www.aarp.org
American Cancer Society    1.800.ACS.2345   www.cancer.org
American Council for the Blind   1.800.424.8666   ---
American Diabetes Association (ADA)   1.800.232.3472   www.diabetes.org
American Geriatrics Society (AGS)   ---   www.americangeriatrics.org
American Heart Association (AHA)   ---   www.heart.org
American Lung Association (ALA)   ---   www.lungusa.org
American Paralysis Association   1.800.225.0292   ---
American Parkinson's Disease Association    1.800.223.2732   ---
American Stroke Association (ASA)   ---   www.strokeassociation.org
Arthritis Foundation   1.800.568.4045   www.arthritis.org
Auto Repair Complaints   1.800.422.6237   ---
Cancer Information Center   1.800.422.6237   ---
Caregiver Self-Care   ---   www.caregiverstress.com
Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)   ---   www.va.gov
Disease/Healthy Aging   ---   www.infoaging.org
Elder Abuse Hotline   1.800.996.6228   ---
Elder Care Locator   1.800.677.1116   www.eldercare.gov
Elder Hostel   ---   www.elderhostel.org
Elderweb   ---   www.elderweb.com
Gerontological Society of America (GSA)   ---   www.geron.org
Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF)   ---   www.glaucoma.org
Health Issues   ---   www.healthfinder.com
Hospice   1.800.331.1620   ---
Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)   ---   www.mowaa.org
Medicare Appeals   1.800.365.5899   ---
Medicare Inquiry   1.800.482.4045   ---
Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program   1.800.292.7852   ---
Medicare Rights Center (MRC)   ---   www.medicarerights.org
Michigan Parkinson's Foundation    1.800.852.9781   ---
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)   ---   www.nad.org
National Center of Elder Abuse (NCEA)   ---   www.ncea.acl.gov
National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare   ---   www.ncpssm.org
National Council on Aging, Inc. (NCOA)    ---   www.ncoa.org
National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)   ---   www.nfcacares.org
National Hospice Foundation (NHF)   ---   www.hospiceinfo.org
National Institute on Aging (NIA)   ---   www.nia.nih.gov
National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)   ---   www.nsclc.org
National Stroke Association (NSA)   ---   www.stroke.org
Nursing Home/Long Term Care   1.800.292.7852    ---
Prescription Drug Credit (Form)   1.800.367.6263   ---
Older Women's League (OWL)   ---   www.owl-nation.org
OLHSA    ---

https://www.olhsa.org/

Pension & Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA)

 

  www.dol.gov/dol/pwba

SeniorNet (SN)   ---   www.seniornet.org
Setting Priorities for Retirement Years   ---   www.spry.org
Taxpayers Assistance (State)   1.800.487.7000   ---
Taxpayers Information (Federal)   1.800.829.1040   ---
Utilities (Public Service Commission)   1.800.292.9555   ---
Veteran's Information & Assistance   1.800.827.0648   ---
Visiting Nurse Associations of American (VNAA)   ---   www.vnaa.org
Senior Guidance ---  www.seniorguidance.org
Allconnect     www.allconnect.com
Caring.com   ---   www.caring.com