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National Farmers Market Week August 6-12, 2017 

By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator   In celebration of the National Farmers Market Week, I searched for resources to better educate myself on farmers market. I was happy to learn that farmers market is an “assembly of farmers or their representatives selling the food that they produced directly to consumers.” I was not aware that the term “local” is defined by each farmers market and it is based on the agriculture of its region. … Continue reading National Farmers Market Week August 6-12, 2017 

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Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

by Rachael Savoie, Office Manager Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week is always celebrated the last week of June. This started in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating the last week of June as “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.” This week long celebration is the kick off of the national advocacy campaign, in recognition of the achievements and capabilities of people who are deaf-blind. The commemoration of Helen-Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week … Continue reading Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

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May I Lend a Hand? National Volunteer Week

by Ron Tatro, Vice President April 23-29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week. It is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. In 1943, Canada became the first nation to recognize the efforts and contributions made by women on the home front to the war effort. National Volunteer Week was established in the United States by a Presidential … Continue reading May I Lend a Hand? National Volunteer Week

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Sleep Awareness Week

by Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator The week of March 6th through 13th is Sleep Awareness Week and brings awareness to how sleep affects health and safety. Adults over age 65 typically require less sleep. Although 7-8 hours is recommended for those over 65, 5-6 hours may be an appropriate amount of sleep. Sleep affects mood, attention, memory, sleepiness, falls, and quality of life. Daylight Saving Time … Continue reading Sleep Awareness Week

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Fire Prevention Week

by Chris Jackson, Communications Coordinator and Project Administrator Did you know that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years? Once a year, you should check your smoke alarms to review their date of manufacture. If the date is more than ten years old, you should replace the unit with a new smoke alarm. Additionally, you should test your smoke alarms monthly by pressing the … Continue reading Fire Prevention Week

Ageism, You’re Fired!

by Teresa Elliott, MiCAFE Intern Did you know this is National Social Work Week? In fact, the whole month of March is Social Work Month! Most people come into contact with social workers through direct service delivery in the form of counseling or case management. But did you know an important part of a social worker’s role is to work for social change? Social workers … Continue reading Ageism, You’re Fired!

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National Random Acts of Kindness Week

by Mary Beth Daley, Staff Accountant This post is in honor of National Random Acts of Kindness Week which runs February 15th through 21st. The dictionary defines the adjective “random” as, “proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern.” Surprise a senior friend, neighbor or someone you meet this week with a random act of kindness. Below, I’ve listed several ideas. If none of … Continue reading National Random Acts of Kindness Week