MDHA communities are home to more than 960 senior residents, including 26 people over age 90 and two over age 100. Edgefield Manor, Carleen Batson Waller Manner, and Gernert Studio Apartments are all designated as seniors-only housing. In recent years, MDHA has strengthened its focus on its senior and disabled residents. Major renovations at Gernert Studio Apartments, Edgefield Manor and Parthenon Towers are complete with upgrades underway at Hadley Park Towers and Vine Hill Towers. Improvements to the high-rise facilities include the addition of energy-efficient central heating and cooling systems; improved floor-space utilization; new kitchen appliances; and major energy upgrades.
MDHA provides Social Service Coordinators at all high-rise apartments which help link residents to community service providers that assist with aging in place. Social Service Coordinators also help residents acquire needed benefits, complete forms or paper work as needed, look for risk factors to determine living independently, establish a referral process, monitor on-going services and serve as an advocate for the resident.
Many seniors groups, like the Silver Foxes and Golden Divas at Levy Place and Parkway Terrace, plan social outings and hold weekly or monthly group activities like fashion shows, bingo and movie night. All high-rise facilities also offer monthly activities such as exercise classes, special education seminars, movies, birthday and holiday celebrations and others.
Each year MDHA honors a very distinct group of seniors – The 90+ Club. The 90+ Club is an exclusive group consisting of 26 public housing residents who are ages 90 and above, including two people over age 100.
The 2011 90-Plus Club members are:
From Andrew Jackson Courts: Frankie Ellison, 94; Maggie Johnson, 103; Mattie Elliott, 96; Elizabeth Simmons, 91; Cora Stevenson, 91
From Carleen Waller Manor: Anette Jackson, 94; Mary Leggett, 93; Nellie Hovious, 94
From Edgefield Manor: Annie Parham, 91; Melvina White, 91; Willie Frazier, 90
From Gernet Studio Apartments: Canova Hicks, 93; Pearline Buchanan, 98
From Hadley Park Towers: Julie Miller, 92; Lula Waters, 98
From Parthenon Towers: Gladys Grigsby, 91; Mariya Shinkaryov, 90
From Historic Preston Taylor: Henrietta Holt, 92
From Neighborhood Housing: Willie Marable, 90
From Sudekum Apartments: Emma Peoples, 94
From Vine Hill: Samuel Smith, 91