The Importance of Companionship

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator   As we age, we begin to fall away from daily interactions with others. Children grow up and move away, we retire, and we might not be able to keep up with our favorite hobbies like we used to. Communication with others keeps our minds focused and give us experiences that helps us stay emotionally versed. Changes with aging can be overwhelming and … Continue reading The Importance of Companionship

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

Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetes

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  What is diabetes? Diabetes is the inability of your body to use blood glucose for energy. There are several types of this disease, however I will address Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.   Type 1 diabetes is a more severe form because the pancreas no longer makes insulin. This is when blood glucose cannot enter the cells to be used for energy. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, where either the pancreas does not make enough insulin, or … Continue reading Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetes

Grandparents’ Day: Sunday, September 9, 2018

By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator  Did you know September 9th is National Grandparents’ Day? Everyone should learn about this special day so we can honor and celebrate our grandparents.    President Jimmy Carter signed the bill for Grandparents’ Day in 1978. It was first introduced by Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia who became the founder of National Grandparents’ Day. Marian made it her goal to educate youth about significant contributions that seniors have … Continue reading Grandparents’ Day: Sunday, September 9, 2018

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Tips on How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Surgery

By Ellen Mason, J.D., Hotline Attorney  Anne recently had hip replacement surgery. Because she had two total knee replacements, she thought she was prepared. While she is not a medical doctor, she has some useful tips to help you begin thinking about the recovery period after surgery.   Your doctor will probably give you some basic exercises to do in the days or weeks before your surgery. If … Continue reading Tips on How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Surgery

Caregivers Guide to Driving Issues – Part Two

By Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney  This post is the second part of a previous blog post on Caregivers Guide to Driving Issues. The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives phone calls every week from loved ones and caregivers asking what he or she can do when there are concerns about a loved one’s driving.  In our last post, I discussed issues that arise when a caregiver becomes aware of potential problems of … Continue reading Caregivers Guide to Driving Issues – Part Two

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