Board Healthy Aging Ad Hoc Committee, Area Agency on Aging 1-B hosting town halls to identify gaps in senior services
August 31, 2021, OAKLAND COUNTY, MI. – The Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Healthy Aging Oakland County Ad Hoc Committee will be hosting four town halls throughout Oakland County, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B), to identify gaps in services for senior residents. Officials from the committee and AAA 1-B will provide a brief presentation on areas of need and opportunity for senior programming. Following the presentation, participants will be invited to complete a survey to provide their input, which will be used to address the challenges and opportunities created by the aging of the county’s senior population.
“If we’re looking to make life easier for older adults, we have to make sure we’re listening to their questions and concerns during the process,” Commissioner Kristen Nelson (D-Waterford Twp.), who chairs the committee, said. “I’m excited to get to know our communities better and help such a large portion of our residents.”
The town halls will be hosted in person. Attendees can attend in person or remotely. No registration is required, and the agenda will be the same for all meetings. The host organizations are inviting any Oakland County senior to complete a feedback survey, which will also be distributed at the town halls.
“We are grateful that the Board of Commissioners is committed to improving the quality of life for older Oakland County residents and their family caregivers,” Michael Karson, AAA 1-B CEO, said. “I encourage seniors and stakeholders to attend and share your ideas on how we can make Oakland County a better place for us to live, retire, and age in place.”
The town halls will take place:
- 10 a.m., Thursday, September 23
City Council Chamber
45175 W. 10 Mile Rd.
Novi, MI 48375
- 1:30 p.m., Thursday, September 23
Senior Community Center-Bartsch Hall
6000 Clarkston Rd.
Independence Township, MI 48348
- 10 a.m., Friday, September 24
1335 Joslyn Rd.
Lake Orion, MI 48360
- 1 p.m., Friday, September 24
Community Center – Room 304
3179 Livernois Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Those who wish to attend remotely can do so at the time of their chosen meeting using the below information.
For more information about the Board of Commissioners, please visit www.oakgov.com/boc
or call 248- 858-0100.
Animal Control Officers Rescued Dozens of Animals from Independence Township Home
A Total of 100 Animals but 16 Dead
Pontiac, Michigan – Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center rescued dozens of animals Tuesday afternoon from a home in the 6000-block of Northview Drive in Independence Township after animal control officers responded to the home for a welfare check. After receiving a tip, officers discovered dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, and a bearded dragon that were living in highly unsanitary conditions and showing signs of illness.
Among 82 cats were many who were in distress due to high temperatures in the home, which lacked air conditioning and airflow. The temperature in the home was higher than the outdoor temperature which was in the 80s. Tragically, nine of the cats were dead at the scene, two died in transit, and two more died overnight at the shelter. Veterinary staff euthanized an additional three cats because of their deteriorating health from an infectious disease. Sixty-six cats remained alive as of Thursday afternoon.
In addition, there were eight ferrets, five dogs, four rabbits, and one bearded dragon, all of whom are alive. Veterinary and shelter staff are evaluating and caring for the 84 remaining animals at the shelter.
Animal control officers obtained permission from the resident and her spouse to enter and inspect the home when they arrived on scene. Because of the condition of the animals, with many needing immediate veterinary attention, the officers removed them from the home and brought them to Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center.
The resident of the home and her husband told animal control officers they were providing “care” for the cats as part of their involvement with a cat rescue organization. She surrendered ownership of them to the shelter. Some of the animals, however, were privately owned by the resident and another adult tenant of the house who had recently moved in. Neither relinquished ownership of those animals despite all the animals being removed from the home. Consequently, Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center will begin forfeiture proceedings.
This case remains under investigation. When complete, animal control officers will present the results to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Officer for review and consideration of criminal charges.