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Township Senior Services

DG TOWNSHIP PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

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Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb shared ride service utilizing a small PACE bus.

Seniors 65 & UP and handicapped individuals can register for and utilized this service M-F 8-4PM for $3 each way.

AARP Smart Driver Class is an annual class for senior drivers promoting safety and a discount on your auto insurance once completed.

Car Care Clinic is an annual CarFit Checkup and Safety Clinic for older adults Senior Seminar features currently & vital topics of interest for older adults.

Banner News - A yearly newsletter mailed to township seniors 65 and older about township and area services (also available at the township office).

Vintage Times - Local DGTV and Comcast Cable Channel show featuring interviews with area agencies concerning timely subjects for senior consumption.  

Pocket Pal - Free "pocket" brochure with phone listings for county and ownership for park district and human services.

Promising Local Programs: Interfaith Community Partners runs a volunteer/donation only ride program for older adults who need rides (and an escort) to the doctor and other area destinations. As they expand west into our township, they need YOU (local volunteers) to join them in providing this service. To find out more about it, please watch the following Vintage Times interview w/Janet Garreau, Executive Direct of ICP.

Transportation Options for Older Adults https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azUe70ezF4E

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                                         CURRENT TOPICS OF INTEREST    


Senior Survival Skills  "Lunch & Learn Series"

These seminars take place bimonthly on Thursdays from 11am-1pm. Free lunch is provided by the FFDGTS or donated by a sponsor. Series topics have included: Medicare, County Services, Senior Scams, Housing for Seniors, Police & Fire Safety Procedures Health & Wellness and Advanced Directives.

SENIOR FAIRS /CLINICS

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CAR CARE CLINIC

Westmont Fire Department, DG Township and AARP host this important event for checking  seniors and their automobiles for safety.  Police, Fire, EMA, Township, AAA, Pace and local non profits provide assistance while local volunteer  mechanics check fluids, hoses and  vital components to highlight suggested repairs.

services work best with collaboration and commitment

Volunteers Make the Difference

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George Goodwin, volunteer AARP teacher, technician and supervisor,  monitors his staff & additional volunteers  at the September Car Care Clinic. 

Honoring Our Own

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Mark Thoman, Township Supervisor, honors FFDGTS member Robert Petranek with the Township Volunteer of the Year award (2018), for his awesome  contribution of time, energy and initiative in support of the Senior Advisory Committee and  township programs. 

OktoberFest

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Our Annual Fundraiser is hosted at various sites around the township: 

Aspired Living-2018 and Oak Trace- 2019)

The Annual Fundraiser is open to the community and is responsible for the bulk of the money earned each year.

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Sheriff's Police, Explorers, EMA, Westmont Fire Department Staff, volunteer mechanics and others help make the Car Care Clinic an annual success!!!

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 George Goodwin, AARP,  is the current recipient (2019) of the Township Volunteer of the Year Award,  for his contributions to the Senior Advisory Committee and his tireless dedication and passion to the senior community through education AARP Smart Driver Course and the annual Car Care Clinic!

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Gaye Wagner (Independence4Seniors, Cathy Rager, Township Senior Services Coordinator and Lorraine Grimsby, Township Clerk help out by checking in guests and selling raffle tickets at the annual fundraiser. Over $6000 was raised this year!

"worK" volunteer or just enjoy!

When Is It Time?

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No matter when you decide it's time (or you're able) to retire, there are many things to take into consideration... finances, cost of living, geographic location, housing, health, safety, recreation, social interaction, short and longterm care, insurance options and more!

Find Your Joy in LIving

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Get the best advice and information possible to plan for and enjoy your retirement. Keep working if necessary, but be mindful of ALL of your options to maintain your best emotional and physical health. FFDGTS helps finance township services to support this mandate. 

what is a township?

Subdivision of a county

Usually 36 square miles

Unit of local government

Serves unincorporated areas (Highway Dept.)

Serves the whole township community (Human Services)

Assesses the fair market value of township properties

Provides resources and referrals to residents

Provides youth and senior services

Assists with low income programs

Collaborates w/Meals on Wheels

Provides General Assistance 

Houses FISH Food Pantry

and more...