Hoarding Part 1: How Did We Get Here?

By Betsy Smith, Network Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan The cause of hoarding is not clear, but what we do know is that it is becoming more of a commonly discussed topic and is an emerging issue with the aging population. In fact, in 2013, hoarding was classified as a mental illness. According to the Mayo Clinic, hoarding is “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting … Continue reading Hoarding Part 1: How Did We Get Here?

Importance of Pet Companionship

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan According to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), approximately 85 million families own a pet in the United States. Having a pet comes with many physical, mental, and emotional health benefits. It’s no surprise many households have a furry family member. One commonly known benefit of having a pet is companionship. … Continue reading Importance of Pet Companionship

Winter Wellness for Beating the Blues

By Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Economic Security Team Member at Elder Law of Michigan The National Institute of Mental Health reports some people feel moody or even saddened during winter months. During the cold months of the year, folks are not able to get outdoors, open windows in their home for fresh air, or get proper sunlight and exercise. Winter months are long and with Daylight Savings Time, … Continue reading Winter Wellness for Beating the Blues

How Does a Medicaid Spend-down Work?

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening and Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Health insurance is complicated, and Medicaid is no exception. I have helped many older adults apply for Medicaid, and I have talked with many individuals who have Medicaid with a Spend-down. As with most health insurance and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) benefits, there are many other regulations and exceptions that … Continue reading How Does a Medicaid Spend-down Work?

Michigan Association of Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs

By Betsy Smith, Network Shareholder and Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan Since 1978, across the state of Michigan, senior citizens over the age of 55 have been participating in the Michigan Association Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion Programs (MAFG/SCP). The MAFG/SCP has a goal to assist senior citizens in living an active, healthy life by volunteering and making a positive impact on their … Continue reading Michigan Association of Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs

Fun and Affordable Fitness for Those with Limited Mobility

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Exercising the heart comes with many health benefits. One major benefit, according to Johns Hopkins research, includes the improvement of the heart muscle’s ability to pull oxygen from the blood. The ability to pull more oxygen from the blood allows the heart to stop pumping as hard and reduces stress on the heart muscles. Managing … Continue reading Fun and Affordable Fitness for Those with Limited Mobility

2019 Fall Season Health and Safety Reminders for Seniors

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan The 2019 fall season is upon us with cooler temperatures, changing colors of leaves, animals gathering food for storage, and people letting go of the hustle and bustle of the hot weather. However, this is a critical time for the senior population. Fall marks the time to remind seniors of health and safety … Continue reading 2019 Fall Season Health and Safety Reminders for Seniors

Domestic Violence Awareness

By Shirley Brown, Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Domestic violence is one of the most horrific crimes a person can be subjected to. The individual who commits the crime quite often goes unpunished. Perpetrators often hide their behavior from the public and seem to be ordinary upstanding people; pretending to be a loving and caring partner in public, while at home … Continue reading Domestic Violence Awareness

Maintaining Emotional Wellness

By Betsy Smith MiCAFE Network Shareholder and Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan Stress and depression can have adverse effects on our physical health, and when left unchecked, both can lead to chronic conditions. To raise awareness about the importance of mental well-being, October is observed as Emotional Wellness Month. Many seniors enjoy the freedom of retirement; fewer responsibilities, and more time for travel … Continue reading Maintaining Emotional Wellness

Essential Information About Medicare Open Enrollment

By Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Network Screening Integration Coordinator, at Elder Law of Michigan It’s that time of year again! The annual Medicare Open Enrollment period begins October 15th and ends December 7th. During this time, you can review your Medicare benefits and make changes to your Medicare plan penalty free! Ok, you won’t be winning a cruise to the Bahamas, but we’ll try to make … Continue reading Essential Information About Medicare Open Enrollment