"It will be the same group of folks and the same services and activities," said Bureau County Senior Center Director Denise Ihrig.
"We've just got to tweak the name and tell a bit more about what we do."
As of Oct. 1, the Bureau County Senior Center
will officially become the Bureau County Aging and Disability Resource Center
said Tuesday the name change was requested by the Illinois Department on Aging
, both to reflect who the center serves and as part of an organizational change.
The Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging
, which provides a large percentage of the funding for the center, includes 13 senior centers, and Ihrig
said four centers Bureau County, Putnam County Achievement Services in Standard, Bridges Community Center in Ottawa and the Mendota Area Senior Services are being put together in a sub-group to better serve area residents.
said they will be working more closely with other agencies in the area such as the Illinois Valley Center
for Independent Living, the Illinois Department of Human Services
and its Division of Rehabilitation Services.
said the intent is to include people with disabilities in its range of clients, but that is something the Bureau County Senior Center
has been doing for quite awhile.
said the center has offered services such as exercise classes for Gateway Services clients and will continue to serve those with disabilities in the county.
The Bureau County Senior Center
, which is located at 16 West Marion St. in Princeton, offers informational and assistance services designed to link the older adult and/or caregivers to needed services, an outreach at-home service program, legal assistance, assistance with Medicare and supplement insurance issues, an assistive device free loan program, income tax service and transportation.
The center also offers activities such as exercise classes and a woodworkers group that meets monthly.
biggest concern is getting people used to the new name when they call on the phone.
"People will say, 'Is this the Senior Center?'" she
said with a laugh.