Elders Services

The Title VI daily meals program for Elders provides hot and nutritious lunches Monday through Friday at Elders Hall. The Elders business and social luncheons occur on the first and third Thursdays of the month, respectively. In addition, there are often activities planned for after lunches. Further information on the program and a listing of upcoming meals will continue to be published in the newsletter. Please remember to notify the program staff one day prior to attending so as to give ample notice for food preparation. The program is open to staff and non-elders at a cost of $2.00 a meal.

For Elders who have or soon will be turning 55 years old, please fill out the Elders stipend form if you haven't already.

Elders stipend increments

Elders stipends increase each five years by $250 starting at age 65. All elders over 65 receiving the stipend will notice an increase in their amount every five years until the amount caps at $1,750 for those aged 85 and above. Here are the increments:

Age

Monthly Elders Stipend Amount

55 – 59

$500

60 – 64

$500

65 – 69

$750

70 – 74

$1,000

75 – 79

$1,250

80 – 84

$1,500

85 and older

$1,750

Don't forget the Elders Stipend is taxable income; federal tax withholding forms are available from the Finance Department.

Elders receiving Supplemental Assistance Benefits will also receive this increase; they'll get the additional $250 but their supplemental assistance will not decrease. Supplemental Assistance Benefits are not taxable.

Elders are eligible to opt in or out of the stipend program during the month they turn 55 years old. Contact the Social Services Department at (269) 782-8998 for help understanding how this increase could impact your particular situation.

For Elders who wish to receive the Medicare Part B reimbursement from the Pokagon Band, please fill out this form.

National Society for American Indian Elders (NSAIE)

NSAIE is a non-profit organization which offers support to tribal elder programs to enhance existing services that provide nutrition, transportation, in home services and socialization activities.