Eating Seasonally: Eggs

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Each spring, people around the world participate in egg related activities and celebrations, from decorating Easter eggs and egg trees to Bosnia’s celebration of Cimburijada, The Festival of Scrambled Eggs. One reason eggs could play such a significant role in Spring celebrations is their abundance during this time. Seasonal changes in daylight affect when chickens and … Continue reading Eating Seasonally: Eggs

Preparing Seniors for Surgery

By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Deciding to have surgery is one of the most important decisions that we make in our lifetime. There are many decisions that we make before the day of surgery like finding a surgeon we feel comfortable with, finding the right facility to have the surgery as well as making sure our … Continue reading Preparing Seniors for Surgery

Stretching to Prevent Injuries and Improve Mobility

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Often when people think about fitness they think about cardio or strength training. However, stretching can be as beneficial to your health as other forms of exercise. We engage in activities every day that tighten our muscles, but stretching does more than relieve tight muscles and improve flexibility. According to Wexner Medical Center, stretching can help … Continue reading Stretching to Prevent Injuries and Improve Mobility

These are the Days

By Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member for MiCAFE at Elder Law of Michigan Masks, social distancing, quarantines, Stay at Home orders, avoid crowded indoor spaces, work from home, order groceries to be delivered, order prescriptions to be delivered, leave it on the porch, sanitize all incoming items, let mail sit for three days before opening, use gloves, wash your hands, isolate from others when sick, … Continue reading These are the Days

Seniors Who Face Loneliness During COVID-19

By Pam Canty, Screening and Intake Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan During the early part of March 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines to help protect people until a medical vaccine or effective treatment is found. The most important guidelines are wearing a facial mask, social distancing, and washing hands. However, … Continue reading Seniors Who Face Loneliness During COVID-19

Taking a Look at Diabetes

By Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member for MiCAFE at Elder Law of Michigan As the constant need to slow the growing epidemic of diabetes continues in the United States, National Diabetes Month strives to encourage and strengthen patients again this November.   I live with diabetes every day. My husband has diabetes and it’s not anything to take lightly. He takes four insulin injections per … Continue reading Taking a Look at Diabetes

The Role of the Environment and Mental Health: Part One

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan When you hear the words “mental health,” what do you think? Someone suffering from bipolar, depression, anxiety, or abuse? Although these health problems are very common among individuals who have mental health conditions, they are not the only contributing factor to a mental health condition. The environment in which we live has a larger impact than … Continue reading The Role of the Environment and Mental Health: Part One

MiCAFE Client Story: Mr. H

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Do you have questions about your Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) benefits? Are you having trouble contacting your MDHHS caseworker? Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) might be able to help! Mr. H called MiCAFE because he was having trouble with his Medicaid benefits. Mr. H had been in the … Continue reading MiCAFE Client Story: Mr. H

Celebrating Nurses Internationally

By Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Economic Security at Elder Law of Michigan My sister is a nurse. I am very proud of her. She is one of the millions of men and women around the world who we celebrate today, on International Nurses Day. My sister works long hard hours, day and night, 12-hour shifts, sometimes without breaks, and often staying on longer than her shift allows. Her … Continue reading Celebrating Nurses Internationally

Can You Be Both Sedentary and Active?

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Did you know, even if you meet the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) physical activity guidelines you can still be considered sedentary? Physical Activity, Inactivity, and Sedentary Behaviors: Definitions and Implications in Occupational Health paints an alarming picture of how exercise does not make up for long periods of sedentary behavior. There is a … Continue reading Can You Be Both Sedentary and Active?