Elder Care

GVSU recognizes the challenges that faculty and staff face when providing care for an aging parent or loved one. By 2030, there will be about 71.5 million older persons, more than double the number in 2000. To support this trend, GVSU has elder care resources and referrals available through the Work Life Connections Program. Navigating the complex and often confusing maze of community services can be overwhelming. Let our work life consultant or our employee assistance program, Encompass, help you with this challenge.

The Work Life Connections Program will help you connect with the support you need when caring for an elderly loved one. These services help to improve the quality of life for the elderly population and in many cases improve their capability to remain living independently in their own homes for a longer period of time.

Elderly couple

Memory Support

Are you concerned about yourself or someone you care for who you think might have a memory problem? Or do you help care for someone with a memory problem like dementia? If you have questions about how to navigate the maze of diagnosis, decision making or care of someone with a memory problem, we have resources here for you at GVSU. Dr. Cindy Beel-Bates and Dr. Rebecca Davis are both faculty at the Kirkhof College of Nursing, and have years of experience in caring for persons with memory problems. If you would like to ask them a question by email or phone, or even sit down with them and talk about a situation, you may contact Dr. Cynthia Beel-Bates at beelbatc@gvsu.edu or Dr. Rebecca Davis at davirebe@gvsu.edu. If you would like to gain more information on care-giving go to the Alzheimer’s Association website at www.alz.org or to Caregiver Resource Network here. Contact Sue Sloop, GVSU Health and Wellness Work Life Consultant at sloops@gvsu.edu for further information on free literature and resources for elder care resources.

Senior Reach

Senior Reach is a service that provides a wide variety of elder care resources, such as: counseling, depression screenings, care management resources, and more. If you want to refer a senior, volunteer as a Community Partner, or get more information about Senior Reach or issues that impact an older adult's health, contact Senior Reach: 877-231-0155, check out their website: www.eastersealsmichigan.com, or take a look at their brochure here.

Elder Care Tips

Elder Care Referral Experts

Two elder care referral experts in the West Michigan area are available to help you and your family find senior care resources. Elder care professionals help navigate the application process for veteran’s benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare and assistance with any elder care need. This service is free for GVSU Faculty and Staff. Listed below is the contact information for the Elder Care Resource Specialists. 

Michelle Herron
BS in Public Administration from GVSU and Certified Dementia Practitioner
(616) 690-4572

Crossroads Eldercare Planning
Elizabeth Harrell BS from MSU, President of the Council on Aging and Secretary for the West Michigan Healthcare Network
(616) 485-3365

Page last modified January 4, 2018