Over 30 years ago in the wake deinstitutionalization, the Western Michigan University Center for Disability Services was founded to serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through campus, in-home and community-based programs. In 2001, CDS opened a senior day center and began caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia as well as individuals that required daily assistance and supervision. Training students to work in allied health fields has always been a top priority. CDS works with several departments across campus to integrate teaching and practice. There is a large presence of students employees and interns with varying educational backgrounds.
WMU’s Aging Services was created in 2014 as a division of the Center for Disability Services to better serve the changing demographics of Kalamazoo County and the increase in needed service providers for aging adults. Aging Services emphasizes aging in place through care management, in-home care, and adult day services. We aim to meet the needs of seniors in Kalamazoo County to allow them to remain living at home, regardless of age, illness or disability. Aging services is committed to educating caregivers to assist their family, friend or loved ones.