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Resources During COVID-19 

Contact the Wauwatosa Senior Center at (414) 471-8495 with questions about senior resources.

2020 Census

The Census helps decide the number and shape of legislative districts; how government funding for hospitals, roads, school and other services is distributed; and where businesses invest.

There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census: online, phone, or mail.

There is one Census for one home. Complete the Census for everyone living in your house, apartment or mobile home - no matter their age and whether they are related to you or not. Count yourself where you live & sleep most of the time. Only count people under your roof.

Food Resources

The City of Wauwatosa has assembled a list of places that are offering grocery delivery, pickup, and shopping hours for seniors.

Grocery Delivery and/or Pickup Services - Shop Online

Grocery Delivery Services - Apps

  • Airdrie by DoorDash
  • Postmates
  • InstaCart

Stores Offering Senior Shopping Hours (subject to change)

  • Sendik's
    • 7am - 8am every day
  • Target
    • 8am - 9am Wednesdays
  • Whole Foods
    • 8am - 9am every day
  • Dollar General
    • 8am - 9am every day
  • Walmart 
    • 6am - 7am Tuesdays
  • Meijer
    • 7am - 8 am Tuesdays, Thursdays
  • Walgreens
    • 8am - 9am Tuesdays for those 65+
  • Aldi
    • 8:30am - 9:30 am Tuesdays, Thursdays
    • For all vulnerable categories

Reducing Social Isolation

Over half of adults over the age of 60 are at risk of social isolation. The Stay-at-Home order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 had led to more older adults being socially isolated. Social isolation may lead to decreased physical activity which is linked to increased fall risk. Physical activity is encouraged with safety in mind. See the newsletter we put together with the help of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging to get tips on how to stay active and safe. 

Practical Tips for Reducing Isolation

  • Make regular connections with neighbors while keeping a 6 foot distance.
  • Write cards and letters to friends and family.
  • Engage in normal routines whenever possible using technology to access church services, exercise classes or museum tours. 
  • Work with family and friends so that your computer, tablet or phone is ready to be used to stay connected virtually. 

Electronic Resources for Social Engagement

  • Friendly Callers - Milwaukee County Department on Aging; friendly calls to older adults who feel isolated.
  • AARP Friendly Voice - friendly calls from AARP volunteers.
  • Friendship Line - Institute on Aging; crisis intervention and non-emergency hotline for emotional support phone calls.
  • Well Connected - Virtual classes, conversations and activities by phone. Available in English and Spanish. 

Transportation Options for Seniors

Senior Preparedness

  • File of Life
  • Disaster Planning
  • Lock Box Program
    • Lock boxes provide an alternative to forced entry of your home for emergency responders. The boxes are only accessible by authorized personnel in the event of an emergency. In Wauwatosa, only the Wauwatosa Fire Department has a key that can open the lock box. For further information on purchasing a lock box contact the Fire Department non-emergency number (414) 471-8490.

Health

Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations for qualified Milwaukee County residents. Call (414) 270-4653 for eligibility.

Home Renovation Assistance

Revitalize Milwaukee is a nonprofit organization in which skilled and unskilled volunteers repair homes for low-income elderly and/or disabled homeowners who are unable to repair or afford the work themselves. The goal of the program is to address the safety, security, and independence of the homeowner. Guidelines apply. Chosen recipients receive all repairs free of charge. Repairs are completed safely and in compliance with current building code guidelines. For income guidelines and to apply for the program visit the website or call 414-312-7531.

City of Wauwatosa Home Repair Program offers critical home repair for low to moderate income residents. Call Community First at (414) 446-3564 for more information. 

Milwaukee County Home Repair Program offers no-interest loans to income-qualified homeowners in the suburban communities of Milwaukee County. Visit their website at county.milwaukee.gov/housing or call (414) 278-4917. 

Additional Resources for Wauwatosa Seniors

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