Home Safety Tips for Seniors Living Alone

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member at Elder Law of Michigan The senior population faces many challenges, safety at home being one of them. There are so many safety precautions that need to be taken. After living in a home for over 40 years new ideas can be helpful to enable seniors to live safe, happy lives in their homes. Safety for Seniors at … Continue reading Home Safety Tips for Seniors Living Alone

Personal Emergency Response Systems

By Michelle Jackson, Economic Security Team Member at Elder Law of Michigan Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are easy to use devices for seniors. During a fall or an emergency situation, the response systems can save lives and provide extra security for seniors. Many seniors feel they do not need one of these devices. They fear these devices make them look incompetent or their pride … Continue reading Personal Emergency Response Systems

Habitat for Humanity Home Repair Program

By Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Network Economic Security Team Member at Elder Law of Michigan Modifications and home improvements are crucial for most homeowners, especially for the senior citizen community. In current economic times, the expense of fixing up a home can be more than what is expected. Our pocketbooks are often not equipped to cover the costs of maintenance a home may need, and thus worry … Continue reading Habitat for Humanity Home Repair Program

Vision Loss and Tools for Independence

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Losing your vision can be overwhelming and feel incapacitating, but there are many resources available so you can continue to live independently and enjoy your hobbies and favorite activities. In Michigan, the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) is under the purview of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The BSBP offers many … Continue reading Vision Loss and Tools for Independence

What Happens When a Guardianship Gets Contentious

Via AARP By Kenneth Miller Larry Davis tried his best to help his stepmother, but distance made it difficult. Davis lived with his wife in Sonoma County, Calif.; Kise (pronounced KEEˇ-say) Davis lived in Las Cruces, N.M., 1,200 miles away. She was struggling with dementia, and Larry, who held power of attorney over her affairs, spoke with her regularly, kept tabs on her via local … Continue reading What Happens When a Guardianship Gets Contentious

Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By: Rachel Autera-Polzin, Volunteer Intern Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, but who comprises the elderly population? Anyone can become a victim, including your grandmothers and grandfathers, neighbors and friends. Elder Abuse Awareness Day was created to raise awareness of abuse and neglect of older adults. In Michigan, there are approximately 40,000-50,000 elder abuse cases annually; which include physical abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. However, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of elder abuse cases that go unreported each year. Some of the abusers in these cases are family, caretakers, or medical personnel. Cases are unreported … Continue reading Elder Abuse Awareness Day

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

By: Sara Jackson, MiCAFE Network Specialist  Being physically active does wonders for our bodies no matter our age or size. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, we should encourage those around us to be physically active as well, especially in the month of May because it is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  The Office of Disease Prevention and Health indicates the following reasons why physical … Continue reading May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

5 Tips for Boosting Your Retirement Savings

Via Dayton Daily News By Kara Driscoll The concept of retirement is quickly evolving for Americans, who are no longer ending their work lives in their late 50s and early 60s. Now, workers are extending their careers for a multitude of reasons: financial hardship, Social Security and pension changes, household dynamics and a need for a purpose. By 2022, more than 27 percent of Ohio’s … Continue reading 5 Tips for Boosting Your Retirement Savings

Caregiver’s Guide to Driving Issues

By Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives phone calls each week from loved ones and caregivers asking what he or she can do when there are concerns about a loved one’s driving. In this post, I will discuss issues that arise when a caregiver becomes aware of potential problems for an older driver, and the resources that are available … Continue reading Caregiver’s Guide to Driving Issues

The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  Even though you may have smoked for years and had no difficulties that you know of, it would benefit you greatly to quit. It will be difficult but not impossible. You may need help and may have to try several different approaches to find the one that will work best for you. If you are not successful at your first attempt, do not give up. If you … Continue reading The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking