The COVID-19 pandemic has individuals of all ages searching for links to resources and information that they may not have ever needed to seek before.

Even though we live in a world where information is available to many through social media and Google searches, tablets and smartphones, sometimes you just don’t know the right questions to ask to get the answers you need.

Older adults and caregivers in Lenawee County are lucky to have a wide range of organizations available to help with the challenges that come with aging, even through a pandemic.

The Lenawee County Department on Aging and many community partners continue to answer the phones, offering direction to the needs of older adults and caregivers in Lenawee County. By utilizing a grant from the Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, the Lenawee County Department on Aging has organized the phone numbers of resources into the Older Adult Resource Guide. The list includes phone numbers for a variety of organizations that assist in areas of home care, housing, medical assistance, transportation, counseling, emergency assistance, support groups and assistance programs. This guide is available through the website of www.lenaweeseniors.org and in the paper today.

During this time of challenge, many would prefer to connect with a friendly voice to investigate the opportunities available. Most all of the resources on this listing are answering their phones, despite the likelihood that their offices are closed to the public. The 211 helpline is a 24 hour/7 days per week service that can also help find any human service need, including links to unemployment resources, basic needs resources, and volunteer opportunities. Operators are trained on resources available in Lenawee County.

In addition, this resource is available on line at www.centralmichigan211.org.

Many agencies listed on the Older Adult Resource Guide are part of the social media network, sharing information about support groups, community events, basic need connections and agency updates. This method of communication keeps Lenawee County connected in a timely fashion.

While many of the members of the Older Adult Coalition are working remotely and behind closed doors, they are still available to assist with the needs of Lenawee County’s residents. Make the call, research on line, or find them on Facebook.

Cari Rebottaro is the director of the Lenawee County Department on Aging.