News Archive


Music therapy delivered virtually despite global pandemic
Despite the global pandemic, virtual music therapy was chosen as an alternative this summer at WMU Senior Day Services.


WMU Adult Wellness Programs on track for October move-in date
Renovations have started at the future home of WMU Adult Wellness Programs located at 110 Cork St, and are on track to be completed in September with an October move-in date.

Matter of Balance dates announced
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

Now offering Tai Chi
Western Michigan University Adult Wellness Programs offers Tai Chi classes with expert, Ed Kehoe.

Find your inner creativity with Art Therapy
Western Michigan University Adult Wellness Programs has just announced a community art class, The Art of Creative Aging, that will be taught by Gay Walker in the Ishler Lab at 110 W. Cork St. in Kalamazoo. Class size is limited. Reserve a spot today.

CANCELLED - WMU faculty and students to provide hearing, fall risk screenings
The George Ishler Wellness Lab is taking precautionary measures against the recent COVID-19 outbreak and has decided to cancel the upcoming Fall Risk and Hearing Screening originally scheduled for Friday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Renovation will begin in 2019 to house WMU’s Adult Wellness Programs
Planning has been underway for major renovations for the property at 110 Cork St. in Kalamazoo, purchased in June of 2017 to house WMU’s Adult Wellness Programs.

New occupational therapy student experience at Senior Day Services
Prior to the beginning of the fall 2018 semester, WMU occupational therapy master faculty specialist, Berit Miller, arranged to have her OT 3840 class visit participants in a both an adult and pediatric community setting. WMU Senior Day Services was chosen to be one of the programs that the students visited during the semester.

2017-18 Performance Improvement Report
The 2017-18 Performance Improvement Report for the Center for Disability Services, part of the College of Health and Human Services, is available online.

Ishler Wellness Lab to expand interprofessional clinical education at CHHS
During the fall 2018 semester, Sandra Glista, master faculty specialist in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, will begin to assemble faculty partners from the College of Health and Human Services for interprofessional collaboration related to the wellness lab.

Entertainment at SDS
The Prime Time Players of Kalamazoo, a favorite of many participants at Senior Day Services, made an appearance in October.

Participant Spotlight - Moving forward after a stroke
Participant Spotlight - Hear from a WMU Senior Day Services participant who began attending followed by a stroke.

Major gift supports adult wellness lab
President Edward Montgomery and his wife, Kari, joined CHHS and WMU Development and Alumni Relations for a special dinner at the Gilmore House to thank the Ishler family for their significant gift to name the new adult wellness laboratory in the soon-to-be remodeled Center for Disability Services Adult Wellness building.

CDS receives community partnership award
The Western Michigan University Department of Psychology hosted its inaugural Community Partnership Awards on June 7. Representatives from the Center for Disability Services and WMU Aging Services were in attendance to receive the Outstanding Commitment - Community Partner Award.

AACORN Farm visits SDS
Staff and participants from AACORN Farm brought several baby goats to WMU Senior Day Services in March.

New clinical practicum benefits students, community members
Beginning this semester, speech language pathologist (SLP) Kathy Rigley-Rowell, along with three SLP graduate students and one undergraduate SLP student, initiated a clinical practicum experience at WMU Senior Day Services.

Center for Disability Services Awarded Accreditation

Western Michigan University's Center for Disability Services received the highest level of accreditation from a national organization that promotes quality, value and optimal outcomes of services for people with disabilities during an accreditation visit in December 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.

Thank you to the Rhythm Masters Cloggers
We would like to send a big "thank you" to the Rhythm Masters Cloggers from Allegan County! The group performed for our participants in August and proved to be a crowd favorite.

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.

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.

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


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.