Turner Senior Wellness Program

      
 
The Turner Senior Wellness Program (TSWP) at the Turner Resource Center is a vital learning, health, and wellness program enhancing quality of life for older adults and their families. The program offers an array of high quality, low cost programs and resources:
  • Healthy living presentations, exercise, healthful cooking demonstrations, Senior Nutrition Program (lunch 2 days), and blood pressure screening.
  • Services such as Medicare counseling and assistance with Advance Directives.
  • Support groups.
  • Social and cultural activities including a therapeutic writing group, weekly open bridge and chess, and special events.
  • Caregiver Resource Center is located in the TSRC lobby with contact information for local agencies and organizations, as well as a lending library on a variety of topics related to caregiving.

COVID-19 UPDATES

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, TSWP will be operating completely virtually for now. See our Events & Activities below to learn more and register for upcoming programming. We continue to be here for you so call or email with any questions 734-998-9353 or tswp.info@umich.edu.

Annual Fundraiser - Big Hearts for Seniors!

Big Hearts for Seniors was formed to support critical services for our aging community members. This collaborative is comprised of five community non-profit programs serving older adults: Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Silver Club Memory Programs, and the Turner Senior Wellness Program. These programs help seniors access home-delivered meals, sustainable housing options, support to remain independent, learning in retirement opportunities, relief from social isolation, and programs for those with dementia.

Since 2006, Big Hearts for Seniors has raised sponsor support funds and generous community donations through various events including the Big House/Big Heart races, silent auctions, and documentary film screenings. All funds raised are used to provide needed services to older adults.

Learn more about the May 27, 2021 event!  

Our Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles

MISSION

Turner Senior Wellness Program promotes quality of life among older adults through social connection, wellness activities, health education, and community resources. 

VISION

A community where the value and vitality of every older adult will be enhanced.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES
  • We strive for a culture of warmth, vitality, and belonging where all are welcome.
  • We design programs that are informative, healthy, and fun.
  • We are quality-driven yet cost-conscious with our resources.
  • We operate with empathy, respect, and integrity.
  • We encourage an environment where volunteers contribute, have fun, and ‘do good.’    

List of Local Resources

View our comprehensive resource guide to learn about services and supports available in the community. View them here- Resources for Older Adults in Washtenaw County.pdf

E-Newsletters

Email Maire DeLand at delandm@med.umich.edu to receive these electronically.

Contact Us

Turner Senior Wellness Program (TSWP)

734-998-9353    |    tswp.info@umich.edu              

TSWP is staffed with social workers and other professionals who specialize in working with older adults. Stop in to learn more about area resources and supports available in the community or call to set up a care consultation:

Rachel Dewees, LLMSW
Director, TSWP
Assistant Director of Geriatrics Center Community Programs
rdewees@med.umich.edu

Rachel holds a Masters of Social Work from Syracuse University with a Certificate in Gerontology. Her experience in human services spans over 25 years and includes work with people of all ages including families of at-risk children and school-aged pregnant teens. However, much of her practice and education has focused on older adults. She is most passionate about maximizing wellbeing and independence among elders through access to information, community resources and social connectedness. Her role at Turner Senior Wellness Program includes program development and implementation, community education, field instruction, facility management, event planning, fundraising, and outreach.

Maire DeLand, LMSW
Assistant Director, TSWP
delandm@med.umich.edu

Maire is a licensed social worker with a geriatric specialty from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. At the Turner Senior Wellness Program (TSWP), she assists with programming as well as meets with individuals and families to help them navigate community resources. Her desk is in the middle of the center so she’s a friendly and welcoming face to all who enter the building. Prior to coming to TSWP, she worked as a program coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter providing community education and support for individuals impacted by some form of dementia.

Randy Thackston
Administrative Support
ranberg@med.umich.edu

Randy provides light clerical support to the program and creates a welcoming atmosphere for all who visit TSWP. Key components of her position are promoting upcoming health and wellness events and helping visitors connect with resources and programs in the building to best meet their needs. In addition to the satisfaction of serving others, Randy says that TSWP has given her the opportunity to “age gracefully surrounded by many role models, meet new friends, and gather a support system in Ann Arbor.”                               

 
              

 View our Jan. - Aug. 2021 Classes, Events, and Ongoing Services Brochure!

Group Therapy - Important information!

Group Therapy

For information, registration, and to schedule an initial assessment, call (734) 764-2556. Therapy groups and assessments are covered by Medicare and most secondary insurances. 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Group
This is an evidence-based therapy group to prevent future relapse of depression/anxiety.
8 Weekly Sessions: Fridays, February 19 – April 9, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Mariko Foulk, LMSW; Halla Motawi, LMSW. To schedule the initial orientation-assessment, please call (734) 764-2556. Location: Virtual

Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Group & Mindfulness- Based Forgiveness Group
These groups are TBD based on the demand. Email mfoulk@umiche.edu if you are interested in attending either group. Each group is an eight week session. 

Gallery 55+

Gallery 55+ exhibits two-dimensional art created by gifted artists aged fifty-five and older. New artists show four times each year. The gallery welcomes community members of any age to view the art and to participate in special gallery events as they are scheduled. Learn more.
FEATURING - Kay Gould Caskey, Artist and Writer

FEATURING - Helga Haller, Artist

Donate

The Turner Senior Wellness Program is proud to be part of the Geriatrics Center at Michigan Medicine, which provides substantial support. Yet to cover the full cost of these community services, we rely on gifts, donations, and grants. To help us continue the important work we do with older adults in our community consider making a gift.

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