News Archive

2017

Center for Disability Services appoints new supervisor of Senior Day Program
Jessica Torrey
, has been appointed Supervisor of Programs and Activities for Senior Day Services at Western Michigan University’s Center for Disability Services.

 

Effective immediately, Torrey will transition into her new role after serving for 11 years as a lead skills training specialist for the community connections program at CDS.

 

Staff presents at Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Workgroup Conference
Western Michigan University Community Living Services supervisor, Justin Gish, recently presented his research at the Medical Humanities Workgroup Conference at WMU.

Trustees OK agreement to buy property for senior day care program
After using rented space for 17 years, Senior Day Services, offered through Western Michigan University now will have a permanent location thanks to a purchase agreement approved by the WMU Board of Trustees at its June 29 meeting.

Psychology Practicum Students Making Strides at Senior Day Services
For the past year, Psychology faculty and graduate students have partnered with WMU Senior Day Services to provide a practicum site for its students. Jon Baker, Ph.D. and doctoral student, Brian MacNeill have spent much of the semester training psychology students to work with older adults while providing supports for individuals attending the program and staff training.

New Mind Aerobics™ Kickoff Event Scheduled
WMU Aging Services will showcase their new Mind Aerobics™ suite of cognitive exercise programs at a kickoff event. The programs will be offered to the public starting in the fall. There will be a brief presentation followed by demonstrations and light refreshments.

Kalamazoo Centenarians Gather for Luncheon
Senior Day Services participant, Bettie Sickles, was recognized at the first annual Centenarian Luncheon in April. The luncheon is part of the Kalamazoo county initiative to celebrate elderhood.

Two Senior Day Services Staff Honored

Two long-time employees of Western Michigan University Senior Day Services, part of the Center for Disability Services, have been nominated for Excellence in Care as a Direct Care Worker and will be honored at the Kalamazoo “Celebrate Elderhood: Honoring Wisdom & Recognizing Excellence” banquet. Jerome Carter and Susan Longjohn have demonstrated commitment, excellence, best practices and innovation in serving elders in Kalamazoo County during their employment with WMU Senior Day Services.

Art show a success
Artists from the Creative Abilities Art Studio, part of the Center for Disability Services at Western Michigan University created and sold over $500 worth of hand-made artwork in March at the spring art sale in the College of Health and Human Services.

Night to shine a success
Five individuals from the Center for Disability Services Community Living Services division participated in the Tim Tebow Night to Shine prom in February. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older. Each year, churches from around the world will host Night to Shine for thousands of honored guests.

2016

Veterans enjoy a day at the Air Zoo
In celebration of Veterans Day, WMU Senior Day Services veteran participants visited the Kalamazoo Air Zoo.

Students gain experience at WMU Senior Day Services
This fall, students from the Bronson School of Nursing and the occupational therapy and psychology departments at WMU will work with participants from WMU Senior Day Services to further their knowledge in their respective disciplines.

Senior Day Services welcomes Pretty Lake campers
WMU Senior Day Services welcomed 14 camp ambassadors and five staff members from Pretty Lake Camp in July to engage in multigenerational activities.

Summer 2016 Center for Disability Services Newsletter
Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the Center for Disability Services in the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University. This newsletter offers updates on programs, services, academics, faculty, staff and student achievements, campus events and other items of interest for the WMU and Kalamazoo communities.

Occupational therapy faculty member brings sabbatical research to CDS, Unified Clinics
Berit G. Miller, master faculty specialist-professional specialist of occupational therapy, was granted sabbatical during the fall 2015 academic semester to engage in research regarding the Beckman Oral Motor Intervention techniques. 

Center for Disability Services appoints new supervisor of Senior Day Program
Liza Rouse, RN, has been appointed Supervisor of Programs and Activities for Senior Day Services at Western Michigan University’s Center for Disability Services.

 

2015

Fall 2015 Center for Disability Services Newsletter

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the Center for Disability Services in the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University. This newsletter offers updates on programs, services, academics, faculty, staff and student achievements, campus events and other items of interest for the WMU and Kalamazoo communities.

CDS staff partner with Psychology

Psychology faculty specialist, Jon Baker, and doctoral candidate, Chris Walmsley have recently partnered with the Center for Disability Services (CDS).

Ulster University visits CDSUniversity of Ulster logo

Occupational therapy students and faculty from Ulster University in Northern Ireland recently visited WMU and toured the Center for Disability Services.

Consumer chosen for United Way campaignJenny from Healthy Lifestyles

Because of her success with CDS’s United Way funded Healthy Lifestyles program, Jenny was chosen to be a face of the 2015 United Way Campaign.