iStock-1312102723Did you know seniors enjoy a wide variety of services all throughout the Birmingham community? From special events and activities to exclusive discounts and assistance, seniors have many special opportunities in Birmingham. 

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City Services & Opportunities  
Baldwin Public Library  
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center  
Birmingham Lion's Club  
The Community House  
Meals on Wheels  
Oakland University's Professional and Continuing Education Program  
Rotary Club of Birmingham  
Senior Men's Club of Birmingham  
St. Dunstan's Theatre  
YMCA  

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Seniors, Next is your place to stay active and connected! Next offers programming to stimulate your mind, ignite a passion, strengthen your body and explore new destinations. They also offer 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. 

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Birmingham Senior Residents has made the decision to terminate the existence of the Foundation after 38 years of providing gifts, grants or loans directly to Birmingham senior citizen residents or indirectly through public charitable entities for the benefit of Birmingham senior residents. All assets are being transferred to NEXT, which has established a separate account for these funds and will continue to distribute to Birmingham senior residents in accordance with the mission of the Foundation.

Address: 2121 Midvale Street
Birmingham, MI 29201 48009-1509
Phone: 248-203-5270
Fax: 248-203-5272
E-mail: ktillson@birmingham.k12.mi.us
Website: https://birminghamnext.org/ 

City Services & Opportunities  

Birmingham Fire Department 
  • Medical emergencies can happen anytime, and the Birmingham Fire Department wants seniors to be prepared. The department offers residents the File of Life: a single document containing critical information including medical history, emergency contacts and medications. Seniors may call 248-530-1906 to request a File of Life be delivered to their residence.
  • Home safety inspections (looking for trip hazards for seniors, providing fire safety information regarding carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, etc.)
  • Lift assists
  • Free blood pressure checks at the stations
  • KNOX box loaner program - Provided to residents who have an expectation of non-emergent needs from the fire department following recent release from the hospital or rehab center, or a recent designation to hospice care.  The KNOX box allows the resident to place a home key inside allowing easy access for the fire department when needed
  • Carbon monoxide detector installation (detector provided by FD)
  • Smoke detector installation (detector provided by FD)
  • At-home monoclonal antibody infusions performed by FD paramedics
  • When appropriate on department calls for service, seniors are provided information about NEXT or the Area Agency on Aging and given contact information for both by the crews while on scene
Birmingham Museum  
The Birmingham Museum's programs and exhibits are a natural fit for area seniors who especially enjoy focusing on Birmingham's past.  Some of the ways seniors' needs are met by the museum include the following:

  1. Senior rates for admission to the museum; barrier-free accessibility of both the Allen House and the Hunter House
  2. Free adult lecture series at the Baldwin Library and ample virtual and video content of local history presentations
  3. Specialized group tours with reduced rates for seniors
  4. Senior-friendly Facebook content and active social media engagement
  5. Research questions and services; information and referral
  6. Ability to create senior-specific programs that draw on personal and community shared history
Seniors 65 and up enjoy discounted admission to the Birmingham Museum. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from  1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Learn more at www.bhamgov.org/museum.
Address:  556 W Maple Road
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: 248.530.1928

Birmingham Police Department Adopt a Senior Program

The Adopt A Senior Program was formed in 1996 when Birmingham Police Officers saw a need to assist local senior citizens by providing companionship and assistance when needed. Many seniors have no nearby relatives to call on and with this program, Birmingham Officers offer assistance by performing small household chores or errands during their breaks or after their shift ends. This relationship will often lead to the senior using the officer as a resource to connect them with various programs geared towards their situation. Learn more about this program at www.bhamgov.org/adoptasenior.

Lincoln Hills Golf Course and Springdale Golf Course
Seniors enjoy discounted rates at Birmingham's golf courses. Learn more at www.golfbirmingham.org.

Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center
Affirmations Angels (Aff Angels) is a senior services program modeled after a successful response to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s-1990s where individuals recognized a need, rolled up their sleeves, swallowed their fears, ignored the stigmas and opposition and provided needed care and services for those living with HIV/AIDS in the early days of the disease.

In partnership with SAGE of Metro Detroit, the Aff Angels volunteer corps will provide culturally-competent general non-medical assistance to LGBTQ+ seniors for their daily needs – such as grocery shopping, transportation to doctor appointments, pickup of medications, light laundry, light meal prep or simply providing company and fellowship to the often-marginalized members of the community. Learn more at https://goaffirmations.org/affirmations-angels/.

Baldwin Public Library
The Baldwin Public Library offers more than 20 services that benefit seniors. Browse their complete list of senior services here for everything form home delivery and learning in retirement groups, to books on tape, assistance acquiring tax forms and more!
Address: 300 W Merrill Street
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: (248) 647-1700
Website: www.baldwinlib.org

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center offers drop-in art workshops for seniors, however they are on hold at this time due to the pandemic. Visit https://bbartcenter.org/bbac-events/seniors-at-the-center/ for the latest news regarding these workshops.
Address: 1516 S. Cranbrook
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: 248.644.0866
Email: info@BBArtCenter.org
Website: https://bbartcenter.org

Birmingham Lions Club
The Lions are an international network of about 1.3 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. For more than 80 years, the Birmingham Lions Club has served the Birmingham community, primarily through its work with Leader Dogs for the Blind and the visually impaired.  The club offers a wide variety of ways to get involved and help out the people who need it most. Learn more at https://birminghamlionsclub.webs.com/.

The Community House
The Community House is a nonprofit that is home to those seeking continuity between personal, professional, philanthropic and recreational pursuits. They offer programs and classes about a wide variety of topics, and volunteer opportunities for those who want to become more involved in the community.
Address: 380 S Bates Street
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: (248) 644-5832
Website: www.communityhouse.com

Meals on Wheels
Oakland Meals on Wheels provides a nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check, helping seniors cope with the three biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence. For more information, visit http://oaklandmow.org/.

Oakland University's Professional and Continuing Education Program

Oakland University's Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) program works collaboratively across the university with expert faculty to provide flexible, innovative and relevant programming for all ages across the life-span.  Learn more at https://oakland.edu/pace/about/.

Rotary Club of Birmingham
Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. The Rotary Club of Birmingham (MI) is one of the largest clubs in District 6380. Learn more at www.birminghamrotary.com.

Senior Men's Club of Birmingham
The Senior Men's Club of Birmingham, founded in 1957, is a vigorous Club of 650 men that has extended the enjoyment of life and service in the community through activities and events that nurture friendships, stimulate the mind and challenge active seniors to stay abreast of changing times. Meetings feature distinguished speakers on current affairs and discussion groups that enable members and guests to share their insights and expertise on business, professional, governmental, civic and social topics. Learn more at www.seniormensclubbirmingham.com.

St. Dunstan's Theatre
St. Dunstan's Theatre offers discounted tickets to seniors 62 and older for all productions. Visit www.stdunstanstheatre.com/20-21season for show and ticket information. Hearing assistance devices are available for use by guests who may need them during the show. Unfortunately, the St. Dunstan's Theatre building is not handicapped accessible. The lobby and restrooms are located on the first floor, however the performance area is on the second floor and must be reached by using the stairs.
Address: 400 Lone Pine Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Phone: (844) 386-7826
Website: www.stdunstanstheatre.com

YMCA
The YMCA offers a safe, clean, and social environment with 10+ group exercise classes offered for seniors weekly. The Y has multiple insurance based membership options as well.
Address: 400 East Lincoln Street
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: (248) 644-9036
Website: www.ymcadetroit.org/birmingham.