What is PSOP?
Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP) staff provide a wide variety of direct and referral services to older adults, as well as their families and caregivers. The goal is to help older adults make the most of their health and independence while enjoying a rewarding lifestyle. PSOP has something for everyone!
During periods of inclement weather, PSOP is closed when Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC Belleville Campus) closes.
Overview of services and programs
- Our Foster Grandparent Program provides limited-income seniors the opportunity to serve as one-on-one tutors and mentors to young people with special needs.
- Our RSVP program has more than 1,000 senior volunteers working throughout our service area.
- The Senior Companion Program helps older adults maintain their dignity and independence while also assisting caregivers by giving them respite or a break.
- Our Travel department welcomes travelers of ALL ages! We offer both day trips and overnight trips to exciting destinations.
- Short-term counseling is available for St. Clair County residents over 60, or for those who provide care-giving for a family member or friend over 60. Various support groups are also offered.
- The Senior Services Program, assists mature adults and disabled residents living in subsidized housing.
- The Resource Center provides Advocacy services as well as partners with area agencies to provide information and assistance with Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, veterans’ benefits, simple wills and more.
- Alternative Transportation Services (ATS), a division of SWIC, provides curb-to-curb service for both individuals certified as American Disabilities Act eligible and those 60 and older.
- PSOP has a Wellness Program that includes a variety of exercise classes.
- In addition to all the programs mentioned above, our Activities Department offers a wide variety of programs, including: card and table games, chess, dances, lunches and so much more to fill your days.
Sweats for Vets
We are honoring our Veterans by helping out with a need in the community. While visiting the local VA hospital we found the veterans were cold because the hospitals combat germs with colder temperatures. Many of them are admitted with nothing more than shorts and a t-shirt, or just a hospital gown. They need comfortable sweats to wear when they go for treatment, lab work or just to relax. The Activities Department will be collecting any size, new sweatshirts and sweatpants (doesn’t need to be same size set, just has to be new) for our Veterans to wear and keep. PSOP is a drop off location for Sweats for Vets. If you would like to write a hand-written card to include in the bag, that would be great.
It’s Tax Time!
PSOP will be partnering once again with the AARP Tax Aide Program. The AARP Tax Aide Program will prepare your taxes for free. Location: PSOP 201 N. Church St. Belleville, IL 62220
You must schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 618-277-5511 during the following days and times: February 6 through April 11 on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:15 a.m. to noon.
You may not leave a message on this phone. The phone will be answered only during the above days and times to schedule an appointment. Please note that demand is great so it may take multiple attempts to connect with the scheduler.
Free Amplified Phones
Having trouble hearing on the phone? Illinois has a FREE amplified phone program! Visit PSOP at 201 N. Church St., Belleville, or call 618-234-4410, ext. 7040, 7024, or 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 7011, Illinois toll-free. This is a FREE program required and governed by Illinois law with no age or income restrictions. See www.itactty.org for details.
Staff is available to assist with license plate sticker discount applications (Benefit Access), energy assistance applications (LIHEAP) and Medicare/Medicaid questions/enrollment.
Our monthly senior food box program has resumed. To apply you must be at least 60 years old with monthly income below $1,473 for individuals or $1,984 for couples.
Please call 618.234.4410 ext. 7035 (Marsha) or ext. 7045 (Karen) for further information or details or to see if you qualify for these programs.
The Mindfulness Group, which teaches techniques for reducing stress and anxiety, will meet in person on the SECOND WEDNESDAY of most months. Please contact Tanya at 618-234-4410, ext. 7039, for all meeting details and to make a required reservation for any month.
The American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA) Support Group
The Parkinson’s Support Group, for anyone affected by Parkinson’s Disease, will meet in person on the THIRD MONDAY of most months, at 1:30 p.m., in PSOP’s Feurer Hall. The next meeting will be held Monday, February 20, at 1:30 p.m. Also, please save the special date of Friday, March 3, at 1:30 p.m., for a special Washington University encore presentation, “Thaw The Freeze.” This presentation, to teach techniques that combat gait freezing, will be attended by many from the whole Southern Illinois region. Especially if it’s difficult for you to get to the St. Louis presentations, we brought this here for you! Contact the APDA or Jodi for your reservation for March 3.
Parkinson’s Caregiver Meeting
will be held in person on the THIRD TUESDAY of most months, and next on Tuesday, February 21, at 11 a.m., at Belleville Health and Sports Center, 1001 S. 74th St, Belleville. No reservations are required, but you may contact Jodi at 618-234-4410, ext. 7031, for meeting details and for any support and educational material related to Parkinson’s Disease or caregiving for someone with Parkinson’s Disease.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
An Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group is meeting at another location. Please contact Jodi at 618-234-4410, ext. 7031, for meeting information, and for any support and educational material related to Alzheimer’s disease or caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Computer Classes at PSOP
Beginning Computers: This one-day class will cover the basics of how to use a computer and what you can do with it. Instructor: Gene Busekrus / Cost: $10 (1 day)
Windows 10 Basics: This basic class will include explanations and hands-on usage of Windows 10 applications and features developed by Microsoft. Explore techniques and best practices for working with Windows 10 during this class. NOTE: This class is highly encouraged as a prerequisite for the following computer classes. Applications installed after the purchase of the computer will not be covered. Instructor: Gene Busekrus / Cost: $40 / (six weeks)
Computer Protection: Join this class for explanations and hands-on usage of applications to help protect your computer from hackers. Instructor: Gene Busekrus / Cost: $30
Word Basics: Join this class for explanations and hands-on usage of Microsoft Word basic features including techniques and practical uses of Word documents. Advanced features are NOT covered. Instructor: Gene Busekrus / Cost: $30
iPhone Basics: Join this basic level class for explanations and hands-on usage of Apple iPhone applications and features developed by Apple Techniques and best practices for working with the iPhone will also be shown. NOTES: Applications installed after the purchase of the iPhone are not covered. Device must be FULLY CHARGED before coming to each class. Instructor: Gene Busekrus / Cost: $40 Tuesdays, (six weeks)
iPad Basics: This basic class will include explanations and hands-on usage of Apple iPad applications and features developed by Apple. Techniques and best practices for working with the iPad will also be explored. NOTES: Applications installed after the purchase of the iPad are not covered. Device must be fully charged before coming to each class. Instructor: Gene Busekrus/ Cost: $40. (six weeks)
Please call or email Carla to register for above classes: 618.234.4410, ext. 7036 or Carla.firstname.lastname@example.org. All classes MUST be registered for AND paid for in advance. Payment MUST be received at least two weeks prior to the start date of class. REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED TO BE COMPLETE UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED. No refunds will be issued within one week of the class start date unless a wait list exists to fill the spot created by a cancellation. In the event a refund is issued, a $5 processing fee will be held back from the amount paid. Please make checks payable to PSOP SeniorLink and mail to the attention of: Carla Boswell, PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville, IL 62220
AARP Smart Driver Class – Safer driving may save you $$$
• Refresh your driving skills and knowledge of the rules of the road.
• Learn techniques for handling left turns, right-of-way and roundabouts.
• Discover proven driving methods to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.
When: Mar. 23rd and 24th from 12-4 p.m. You must attend both days.
Where: PSOP – 201 N. Church St., Belleville, IL 62220
Cost: $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members
Call: 618-234-4410, ext. 7036 to sign-up and receive additional information. Class space is limited.
PSOP sponsored Driver’s Service Mobile Unit
Feb. 8, 2023 – 201 N. Church St. Belleville, IL
Mar. No DMV SWIC/PSOP closed – Spring Break
Apr. 12, 2023 – 201 N. Church St. Belleville, IL
May 17, 2023 – 7 Park Dr. Shiloh, IL
June 14, 2023 – 201 N. Church St. Belleville, IL
Services provided to seniors 55 and older:
Rules of the Road class: 9:30-11 a.m.
Mobile Unit hours: 10 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Services available: Driver’s License Renewals
(including vision test, road test and written exam if required)
Road tests by appointment only
Real ID’s are not able to be completed through the Mobile DMV PAYMENT: Credit card or check; NO CASH
Other walk-in services available:
State ID cards and Vehicle Registration Renewals
Call 618-234-4410, ext. 7042 or 7043
Donate to PSOP
Senior Resource Directory
The Senior Citizens Resource Directory contains a wide variety of programs, agencies and organizations, which can provide services to older persons. The agencies are designed to address the health, education, training and employment needs of the older person. The St. Clair County Office on Aging produces this guide.
PSOP Gift Certificates
Are you looking for a great gift idea for that special senior? Do your children ask you what you want? What about a PSOP gift certificate? The certificate is good for any trip or activity. Purchase gift certificates by calling 618-234-4410 Theresa (ext. 7043) or Melissa (ext. 7042).
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201 N. Church St.
Belleville, IL 62220
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