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A new look for Aging center
Times photo: Anthony Wahl Stephanie King smiles while having her blood pressure read by Sue Dahmen of the Green County Health Department during an open house for the Aging and Disability Resource Center Tuesday.

MONROE - Seniors and people with disabilities got a chance to see the new "face lift" that Green County Aging and Disability Resource Center recently underwent.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center unveiled its revamped offices in an open house Tuesday. The event showcased improvements at the department and served as a reminder of what ADRC offers. Open house attendees were able to meet with ADRC staff and take part in various activities, including blood pressure screenings and tour the updated ADRC offices.

ADRC provides information and assistance in areas such as options counseling, health prevention, elder abuse and adult-at-risk investigations. The ADRC serves five different target groups: older adults, adults with physical disabilities, adults with development disabilities, adults with mental issues and adults with substance abuse issues.

The project to revamp the department, located in the Government Services Building at the Pleasant View Complex, began in January and finished in May.

Staff members were particularly happy to get their own waiting room, instead of sharing one with the Economic Support department.

"We wanted are own warm waiting room," said ADRC services coordinator, Amber Russell.

Individual office space for ADRC employees was also added to allow more personal care, said Linda Boll, supervisor of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Southwestern Wisconsin.

Boll said ADRC works closely with other agencies and organizations to better the care for individuals.

"Providing better services for seniors; it's a big part of who we are," Boll said.

The need for these services is growing. In 2010, more than 3,300 contacts were made with the ADRC, an increase of 3.5 percent from 2009.

Most contacts begin with a phone call seeking information for the caller or a loved one, Russell said, adding that individuals can call anonymously.

"I think (calling) gives a sense of comfort to those people," Russell said.

After the initial contact, ADRC staff meets with the individual and family or caregivers.

"It's very consumer-driven on how much we are involved," Russell said.

For more information, call the ADRC at (608) 328-9499.