National Safety Month

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan June is National Safety Month. This is an important month to review safety precautions, especially for seniors. I am speaking from experience because when you reach a certain age, your mind may tell you to: climb that ladder, shovel snow (non-stop), carry that two-cubit bag of mulch/topsoil, or drive nine straight hours with the last leg … Continue reading National Safety Month

Environmental Working Group: Protecting Your Health

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on a product and wondered what the ingredients are? How can you tell if the ingredients listed are safe to consume or use on your body? Knowing how chemicals affect your body is important, especially for older adults. According to the National Institute of Health, changes … Continue reading Environmental Working Group: Protecting Your Health

Retired Senior Volunteer Program

By Stephanie Woods, Empowerment Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Did you know senior isolation can lead to an increased risk of depression, cognitive decline, and a higher rate of mortality? Social isolation also makes seniors more susceptible to elder abuse, as they typically have less access to help. Physical activity and technology have been shown to reduce isolation and loneliness, but one of the … Continue reading Retired Senior Volunteer Program

New Horizons International Music Association: Staying Cognitively and Socially Active

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan According to the National Institute on Aging, research has shown that maintaining regular social interaction is important for health and well-being, particularly among older adults. As people age, it can be challenging to find engaging experiences that promote strong social bonds. Learning a new skill, like how to play a musical instrument, is a great way … Continue reading New Horizons International Music Association: Staying Cognitively and Socially Active

Urban Farming

By Lyndsy Gamet, Stakeholder and Network Partners Manager at Elder Law of Michigan Urban farming, also known as urban agriculture, has been around for centuries. It is simply growing, processing, and distributing food in urban areas. The practice of urban farming faces many challenges in modern times, including lack of space, lack of knowledge and interest, and laws that prohibit types of urban farming in some … Continue reading Urban Farming

Power of Attorney: An Overview

By Jadranko Tomic Bobas, Managing Attorney at Elder Law of Michigan In Michigan when we discuss powers of attorney (POA), we usually refer to a financial power of attorney and/or a medical power of attorney. A power of attorney is a document that delegates decision-making capacity to a third person, which is usually a family member or a trusted friend. Powers granted can be broad, specific, narrow, or … Continue reading Power of Attorney: An Overview

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Social Security Q&A Part 19

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Can I delay my retirement benefits and receive benefits as a spouse only? How does that work? Answer: It depends on your date of birth. If you were born on or before 01/01/1954 and your spouse is receiving Social Security benefits, you can apply for retirement benefits on your spouse’s record as long as you are … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 19

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National Caffeine Awareness Month

By Rachael Savoie, Human Resource Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Do you need some sort of caffeine in the morning to get you going? Before I do anything in the morning, I need to have a nice strong cup of coffee. March was National Caffeine Awareness Month. The goal of the Caffeine Awareness Alliance, formed in 2003, is to promote awareness about the consumption of caffeinated products. … Continue reading National Caffeine Awareness Month

Senior Project FRESH

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan A Federal program called the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) can help low-income seniors afford more fresh produce. I have heard many older adults say they would like to incorporate more fresh produce into their diets. However, fresh fruits and vegetables can be expensive, and they do not keep as long as other food … Continue reading Senior Project FRESH

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National Nutrition Month

By Marley Van Fossen, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Do you know someone who could benefit from National Nutrition Month? March is important because it is National Nutrition Month. This month brings attention to the importance of making healthy food choices, creating healthy habits, and being physically active. It is a great opportunity for health care providers to educate their patients on … Continue reading National Nutrition Month