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Best Kept Secret in Port Huron: Blue Water Council on Aging

By Marion Webber

Have you ever wondered what the Blue Water Council on Aging (COA) does in your community? It is the best kept secret in Port Huron!  There are so many great things happening at the center!  This time of year we look forward to spring.  The days are longer and it’s just time to get out!  At the Blue Water Council on Aging there are many opportunities to learn new skills and awaken talents you never knew you had!  Recreational activities abound at all of the COA senior centers.  The socialization, which goes on during these activities, music groups, cards, bingo, crafts, walking groups, choral groups, dance classes, quilting classes, and many other activities offered on a regular basis each week take place at the senior centers.  In addition, there are certain activities for each month.  There are also health related offerings and a number of educational programs to help bring current, state-of-the-art information to you from experts on the topics.

The Information and Referral is available to help you or a loved one. The council will put you in touch with the center’s information and referral staff.  These staff members have access to information and telephone numbers for a variety of services, agencies, and businesses which assist senior citizens.

Personal Care workers, under the plan of direction set up by CoA’s licensed nurses, provide seniors with assistance with their daily activities of living, such as bathing, dressing, transferring, etc.

Homemakers help by doing light housekeeping, laundry, and grocery shopping.

Chore workers handle the larger cleaning jobs around the home. They do carpet shampooing, wall washing, window washing…

Home Repair Services will do minor electrical, plumbing, and carpentry repairs around a senior’s home.

Benevolent Prescription Drug Assistance Program may enable low-income seniors to receive free prescription drugs from the pharmaceutical companies.

Senior Nutrition – Congregate Meals  Monday through Friday seniors ages 60+ throughout St. Clair County are served a hot meal at one of the seven congregate meal sites.  Home meals are available for homebound seniors 60+ (check out the many services available).

Starpath Adult Day Service provides supervised activities, companionship, exercise, and mental stimulation for seniors who have become victims of stroke, early Alzheimer’s, and dementia.

Foster Grandparent Program Volunteers serve from 15-20 hours per week at contract sites under the supervision of a teacher or qualified professional. (check out the benefits of joining this group).

Transportation services are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Please allow 24 hours or more notice to schedule.

Check out the full list of services, entertainment, and their monthly newsletter by visiting or calling:                                                                              

COA Administration & Port Huron Senior Center…. Council on Aging /  (810) 984-5061 

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Disclaimer: Blue Water Healthy Living is an online magazine located in Port Huron, Michigan. Our purpose is to promote healthy living by showcasing the Blue Water Area, its people, issues and surroundings. This online magazine is devoted to providing healthy living related stories, local happenings, and commentary. Often inspiring and uplifting, our stories come from our heart and soul to promote the enjoyment of a more fulfilling Blue Water Area lifestyle. The material on this web site is provided for informational and amusement purposes only and is not to be confused with any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The views and opinions expressed do not necessary reflect the opinions and values of Blue Water Healthy Living.

About the author

Marion Webber

Marion Webber, former owner and operator of Haskill's Greenhouses began the family owned business in 1986 in St. Clair, MI. Along with the retail site, she worked very closely with the community, supplying plants for fundraisers, churches, hospitals and schools. Bus tours were common in the spring, with hands on learning for children, garden clubs and seniors alike. Community service was the goal of Haskill's. As the children went off on their own, the business was sold in 2006. Marion now is sharing her love for plants and community service writing for Blue Water Healthy Living, a division of GBS Media.

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