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 WMU student employees and interns with varying educational backgrounds.
WMU’s Adult Wellness Programs were 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. Adult Wellness Programs emphasizes aging in place through care management, in-home care, enrichment programs 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. The staff at Adult Wellness Programs is committed to educating caregivers to assist their family, friends or loved ones.
WMU Adult Wellness Programs at Western Michigan University strives to keep your loved ones independent and in their Kalamazoo County homes, where they are most comfortable, for as long as possible. We offer a variety of services to assist elderly persons and disabled individuals. Whether it is needing help with grocery shopping, transportation to and from medical appointments, planning future finances, connecting with resources or attending a day program, you can trust us. With a history of serving individuals for over 35 years, we offer dignified and friendly services to individuals residing in Kalamazoo County.