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Boomer Summit

 April 30th 2016 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Groves Auditorium

Join thought leaders from around the region for this collaborative event that brings discussion, learning and focus to Baby Boomers. Boomer Summit is a half-day event for those who are facing the excitement, and the uncertainty, of planning for retirement. Launched by Next (formerly BASCC), The Principal Shopping District, The Baldwin Library and the City of Birmingham, the first ever Boomer Summit will bring people together for meaningful presentations on a range of topics that directly impact what matters most to Baby Boomers. 

Join other Boomers for a fast paced and high-energy program filled with recognized experts on:

  • Wellness - Staying healthy and fit
  • Travel for leisure and adventure
  • Encore careers including entrepreneurship
  • Enriching your life through volunteering
  • Managing Your Money after 50
  • Maintaining healthy relationships and staying connected
  • The benefits of staying creative

A Vendor Fair starts the day with local businesses, life-long learning programs and non-profits focused on amenities, services and resources available to Baby Boomers.

Fee: $10.   Register

Boomer Summit Next Steps

Ongoing digital communications, events, and programs are planned to continue to engage Baby Boomers after the launch event in May.

Next Membership

Active adults have enjoyed the programs and support services offered at Next for over 37 years. We continue to evolve to meet the diverse interests of today's residents over the age of 50. We offer more programming to stimulate your mind, ignite a passion, strengthen your body and explore new destinations. Check out our current newsletter to see a huge variety of all we offer to keep you active and connected!

Next also offers support services that focus on allowing older adults to live independently and age in place. The support service department provides information and referrals, transportation services, nutritional support and much, much more. Ask anything – we are here to help!

Thank you for taking a look inside Next. Here you can find out how to become a member and the benefits to membership, check the calendar for activities at the center, or contact us with questions or comments.  Welcome, come on inside, and see why Next is Your Place to Stay Active & Connected. 

Sign up today to participate in enrichment activities, cards and games, computer classes, and much more. Other opportunities are available at discounted prices such as health and fitness classes and travel opportunities. Sign up on line, call or visit Next to become a member, register for classes, or to sign up for events and trips.

Stop by for a tour or spend a day with us, we’re sure that you will agree this is a great place to be!

2016-2017 Membership Dues

For those residing in our Participating Communities (Bingham Farms, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, and Franklin)

  • $45 Single Membership
  • $60 Family Membership

For those residing outside of our Participating Communities

  • $60 Single Membership
  • $75 Family Membership

Area businesses offer special discounts to Next members. Stop by the office to pick up the discount card along with the list of participating businesses.

“It Pays to Belong” Membership Reward Program

Business Name Address Discount
Alpha Lifestyle Center of Birmingham 1010 Bowers St. Suite B $50 off laser therapy to quit smoking
American Currency Exchange 344 N. Old Woodward Ste. 100 $5.00 fee waived
Amy’s Hallmark 665 S. Adams 15% on Tuesday for 62+
Artloft 123 W. Maple Rd 15%
Back In Time International 227 S. Old Woodward Avenue 20% watch bands/bat/repairs – free verbal appraisals
Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union 576 E. Lincoln Free Spirits Program additional info with card
Bloomfield Sports Shop 3594 W. Maple 10%
     
Cranbrook Car Care Inc. 2483 West Maple Road 10%
David Wachler & Sons Jewelers 100 S. Old Woodward Ave. 10% – 1 item appraised for free
Departure Travel Management LLC 344 N. Old Woodward                      

$500 per couple discount on Oceania Cruise

$100 worth of travel products w/ cruise or tour pkg

Farrell Reis Hairdressers Inc. 544 N. Old Woodward 20% discount cash or check
Independent Bank 32800 Southfield Road Free first order of checks at account opening
Knitting Room 251 E. Merrill Street 10%
     
Mills Pharmacy & Apothecary 1744 West Maple Rd 10% non-prescription items
Nature’s Touch Flowers & Gifts, LLC 2527 Maple 15%
Premier Pet Supply 31215 Southfield Rd. 10%
Synergies Tech, LLC 30122 Woodward Ave. 10%
The UPS Store 29488 Woodward Royal Oak 10% excluding stamps & metered mail; 5% off shipping; 15% off boxes, packing material & service to ship; 15% off copies
Village Coney 653 S. Adams 10%
Wachler Estate Collection 100 S. Old Woodward Ave. 10% Free evaluation for selling

Contact Us

Birmingham Next
2121 Midvale Street
Birmingham, MI 48009-1509
Phone: 248-203-5270
Fax: 248-203-5272
E-mail: ktillson@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 8::00 p.m.
Friday 8:00- 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Executive Director
Cris Braun
E-mail: Cbraun@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Office Supervisor
Kathleen Tillson  E-mail: Ktillson@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Office Assistants: 

Sara Callendar E-mail scallendar@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Bev Singer E - mial bsinger@birmingham.kqw.mi.us 

Support Service Provider
Jeanne Nance  E-mail: jnance@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Sandi Cassar E-mail: scassar@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Program Planner
Julie Mandich  E-mail: jmandich@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Renee Pompi  E-mail: rpompi@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Financial Administrator
Diane Henninger  E-mail: dh15bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Marketing/Communications

Susan Gwizdz E-mail: sgwizdz@birmingham.k12.mi.us 

Next Board Members

Officers

  • Ed Pugh – President
  • Greg Burry – Vice President
  • Kathi Jones Cutler – Secretary
  • Paul Buckles, Treasurer
  • Bob Borgon – Past President

Community Representatives

  • Don Brundirks
  • Melody Bryant
  • Sandy Debicki
  • Stuart Jeffares
  • Alice Lazotte 
  • Elaine McLain
  • Jay Reynolds
  • Gordon Rinschler
  • Lori Soifer
  • David Underdown
  • W. Douglas Weaver, M.D.

Municipal Representatives

  • Bob Borgon – Beverly Hills
  • Patti Bordman – Birmingham

Ex-Officio Members

  • Cris Braun – Executive Director
  • Marcia Wilkinson – Director of Community Relations

Sponsor

Sponsorship is a great way for any business to support valuable organizations in the community like Next. We accept sponsorships for classes, programs, newsletters,and activities, but we also rely on sponsors for our fundraising events, such as the Next Golf Classic, the Health Expo and Flu Shot Clinic and the Antique Appraisal event. Sponsors enjoy wide spread publicity at events like these as they are often covered by local media, not to mention the hundreds of participants and spectators who see how your business is giving back. Sponsors are also noted in our bi-monthly newsletter, and on our website reaching thousands of community members. 

There are many ways to invest in the community, why not choose one that encourages the community to invest back in you? To find out about all the exciting sponsorship opportunities call our office at 248-203-5270.

Volunteer

Volunteers are our most important asset. Volunteers greet visitors to the center, facilitate classes, share their experiences and help with special events.

Come be a part of Next!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Clerical

The Next office is staffed primarily by volunteers who answer phones and greet the Center’s participants. Office volunteers work three and a half to four hours (morning or afternoon) one or two days a week. The office supervisor provides training to learn the phone system and office procedures.

Computer Support

Volunteers assist in processing office paperwork by typing letter and entering data using Windows XP. Training is provided.

Computer Instructors

Volunteers teach Next members basic and advanced computer usage in a one-on-one setting. Instructors teach three, one-hour sessions each week on a day of their choice. Instructors should have a good working knowledge of the Internet, e-mail services, and several components of Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Familiarity with digital photography software PhotoShop(TM) or special software for the visually or physically challenged Jaws(TM) Zoomtex(TM) etc.) is helpful but not required.

Enrichment

Assist with special events, facilitate a class, provide entertainment, or gardening assistance.

Meals on Wheels Packers

Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday to help pack hot and cold meals for delivery to homebound seniors.

Meals on Wheels Drivers

Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday to deliver pre-packaged meals to homebound seniors. Meal delivery requires about an hour and a half. Volunteers should be able to lift 20 pounds.

WE HAVE A SPOT FOR YOU!

Whether you are volunteering to make new friends or share your skills, you will find volunteering at Next is a worthwhile experience. Call 248-203-5270 to volunteer today. We hope to see you soon!

Travel

There are many wonderful travel opportunities with Next, to destinations local and abroad.  There are day trips every quarter to local places of interest and to select Detroit Symphony Orchestra Pops and Classical Concerts. In partnership with the Birmingham Community House, Next also offers their many day or extended travel opportunities to our members.

Computer Classes

The Birmingham Next Computer Lab is free to use for members, and features 8 computers with high speed Internet access, and laser jet printer.

The lab is open Monday and Friday 9 am – 5 pm and Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 am – 8 pm.

Computer Training

Monday through Saturday with evening classes available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 
Instructors: Senior Volunteers

Fee: $5 for each one-hour appointment

Purchase discount cards and save ($20/5 lessons)
Bring in your laptop or use one of our computers to learn everything you want to know about Microsoft Word, Excel, email, accessing the Internet, and so much more. Do you have another type of technology that you want to use to its fullest, iPhone, iPad, Kindle? Our experts can show you how. Pre-payment is required. Stop by Next to pre-pay and schedule a class.

Donate Your Old Computer

Next accepts computers from 2008 or newer to be refurbished for our computer program. Please call 248.203.5270 for drop off details.

Gifted Computer Program

Do you need a computer to use at home? Donated, used and upgraded computers are available with instruction at Next. To learn more about this program call the Next office.

Links to helpful resources

 

Additional resources:

Oakland County Health Division – Senior Services:  https://www.oakgov.com/health/seniors

State of Michigan – Aging & Adult Services Agency:  http://www.michigan.gov/osa

National Council on Aging:  https://www.ncoa.org/

National Institute on Aging /U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: https://www.nia.nih.gov/https://www.hhs.gov/aging/index.html

Alzheimer’s Association: https://www.alz.org/

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): https://www.cdc.gov/

Publications from the State of Michigan:

·         Services for Seniors – Laws and Programs for Senior Adults : http://www.legislature.mi.gov/publications/servicesforseniors.pdf

·         Consumer Protection Resource Guide: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/Publications/ConsumerProtection.pdf

·         Changes & Choices (Information for Senior Adults): http://www.legislature.mi.gov/Publications/ChangesAndChoices.pdf

·         Peace of Mind (Statutory will/patient advocate law/organ donation info and interactive forms: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/Publications/PeaceofMind.pdf

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/Publications/PeaceofMindInteractive.pdf

·         Veterans Benefits: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/Publications/VeteransBenefits.pdf

Transportation

Leave the Driving to Us!

Next Transportation is available for people 55 years or older and physically handicapped persons residing in Birmingham, Bingham Farms, Beverly Hills and Franklin Village. We are happy to take you to your medical appointments, shopping, lunch or the movies. Call the Next office to learn more.  (248) 203-5270

Next Mini-Van Hours
Monday-Thursday  8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Fridays 8:00am - 4:00 pm

Mini-Van Transportation Service Area
The Next service area includes Birmingham, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, and Franklin. 

The delivery area includes medical buildings at Crooks and Long Lake in Troy and medical facilities located on Northwestern Highway between 12 and 14 Mile Roads

  • Requests for transportation need to be made at least 3 days in advance.
  • Riders are picked up at their homes for trips to medical, dental, personal appointments, shopping, club meetings or activities at Next.
  • Assistance to and from the van or help carrying packages (limited to 5) is available. Personal assistance within the home is not provided. Drivers are not permitted to enter the home or do any lifting.
  • Wheelchair riders are encouraged to have an escort if extra assistance is needed.
  • All destinations must be scheduled in advance. Drivers are not permitted to make non-scheduled stops.
  • Notify Next as soon as possible to cancel a trip.
  • Riders should be ready and waiting in the designated pickup location at least 15 minutes before the scheduled pick up time.

Rider donation: $2 one-way or $3 round trip.

Call 248-203-5270 for further information about our Transportation Program.

Low Income Assistance

Below are some of the programs available for low income residents. Please call the Next Support Department between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday for additional program information. The laon is to be repaid when the home is sold or transfers ownership to another person including family members. 

Major Home Repair Loans for Birmingham Residents

  • The Foundation for Birmingham Senior Residents has no interest loans available for major home repairs which would include replacing a roof, furnace or windows. To qualify you must be a resident homeowner of the City of Birmingham and meet current income guidelines.

Minor Home Repair and Yard Services for Birmingham and Beverly Hills residents only

  • Utilizing the funds from the Foundation for Birmingham Senior Residents and  Birmingham Community Development Block Grant and Beverly Hills Community Development Block Grant, we are able to assist low and moderate income residents with minor home repairs.

Additional Assistance to Low Income Seniors

  • If you are having difficulty paying for prescription co-payments, insurance premiums, eye glasses, dental care or hearing aids please call the Support Department to see if we can assist you.

Health & Nutrition

Blood Pressure & Blood Oxygen Clinic 

  • Certified volunteers are available to take your blood pressure & blood oxygen each month at Next. 
  • Free blood pressure screenings are offered monthly the first Wednesday between 10-11 am. No appointment is necessary.

Meals on Wheels 

·         Please call Emerald Foods at 248-689-0001 to enroll in this nutrition program.  Additional volunteers are always needed to help deliver meals.  If you are available once a week, once a month or once in a while to deliver or package meals please call Judy Murrell at 248-203-5281.  Your help is welcome and most appreciated.

Ensure 

·         Ensure Plus in vanilla or chocolate flavor is offered at a reduced price with a physician’s prescription and application.  Please call Next for more information or to place your order.

Podiatrists 

·         Drs. Robert Adas, DPM, and Larry Wexler, DPM, provide basic foot care – foot exams, toenail trimming, etc on the last Wednesday of each month from 9 am to 11 am (Please check the newsletter for schedule changes).  This service is provided for your convenience.  Their office is in Huntington Woods.  Most services are covered by insurance.  Pay the podiatrists directly.  Appointments are appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome.

  • Home delivered meals five (5) days a week. Call Emerald Foods at 248-689-0001 to enroll in this nutrition program.

Nurse on Call

  • The Nurse on Call (NOC) offers information about health and related resources. Public Health nurses answer questions regarding communicable diseases,  immunizations, prescription assistance, nutrition and more. Call 1-800-848-5533.

Counseling with a Licensed Social Worker

  • Not sure what direction to take with an elderly parent or family member who is requiring more and more of your time?  Geriatric Specialists from Oakland Family Services are available to help develop the best plan to age in place and to help with a quality aging experience.  Please call 248-858-7766 ext. 200 for more information.

Support

Next Support Services are available to our Next members and the general public. To schedule an appointment, register for a tour, or for more information about any of the services the Next Support Services Department offers, call 248-203-5270 between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

Ask the Attorney

Free legal counseling is available at Next with attorney, Ed Pugh, on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:00-2:00 pm. Please call Next for your complimentary 15-minute appointment at least a week in advance.Members only. 

Blood Pressure Screening

  • Free blood pressure screenings are offered monthly the first Wednesday between 10-11 am. No appointment is necessary.

File of Life Cards Available

  • The File of Life card provides medics with a quick medical history when a patient in unable to offer one. The card, kept in a red plastic pocket labelled “File of Life”, is held with a magnet to the outside of your refrigerator. Next has a supply of the cards, generously donated by the Foundation for Birmingham Senior Residents, inquire in the office.

Information about Community Resources

  • Who should be called for furnace repairs, delivery of prescription meds, dental support or hearing aid services?   Answers to these questions and more are available Monday through Friday in the Next Support Services Office. Information and referral services are provided to seniors and their families in the following areas: general geriatric counseling, housing, in-home health care options, the Meals-on-Wheels program, prescription coverage, transportation and many other options.

Income Tax Assistance

  • Trained, certified AARP volunteer counselors will complete and file state and federal tax returns from 9 am to 3 pm every Tuesday, February through April 10. Appointments are preferred; drop-in visitors are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are requested to bring W-2 forms, copy last year’s returns, pension, dividends, interest, social security statements with you, as well as bank direct deposit information for refund.

Medical Equipment Loans

  • Short-term loans of medical equipment such as walkers, canes, wheelchairs, bath benches, assistive devices, etc. are available free of charge for Next members.  There is a $20.00 per item refundable deposit or non-members. Donations of clean, usable equipment are accepted.

Medicare/Medicaid Counselling

  • A counselor is available from Area Agency on Aging 1B to answer questions about Medicare and Medicaid. Contact Haim Schlick at 248-642-1149 or haimschlick2002@yahoo.com to set up an appointment.

Resource Center

  • Please stop by the Resource Center to obtain information about local businesses covering a variety of services.

Senior Housing Tours

  • Tours are held monthly January through June at local housing facilities. Tour dates are listed in Senior News. Click on the “Newsletter” menu to view the current issue. Reservations are required. 

Transportation

  • Transportation service is available for seniors and disabled adults residing in the communities of Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bingham Farms and Franklin to medical, dental, personal appointments, shopping or activities at Next. Transportation hours are 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and Friday 8:00 - 4:00 pm. Call at least three days in advance to request a ride. For reservations call (248) 203-5270.  Additional transportation options are available, please call the Support Service Department for more information. 

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