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

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September is Hunger Action Month: Take Action and Fight Hunger!

By Sara Jackson, MiCAFE Network Specialist  When September hits, many people start to think of fall. We start to see a lot of red, orange, and yellow in décor, clothing, and food. However, orange has another meaning during the month of September, which is Hunger Action Month.  Here are some statistics from Feeding America associated with Senior Hunger across our country:  Nearly 5 million seniors face hunger in our country.  The rate of hunger among … Continue reading September is Hunger Action Month: Take Action and Fight Hunger!

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Elder Law of Michigan/MiCAFE at a 2018 Senior Financial Empowerment Exposition

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  Money Smart Week originally started in 2002 in Chicago to promote personal financial literacy. Money Smart Week this year was held April 21-28, 2018 and it was featured in more than 50 counties across Michigan.   During Money Smart Week this year, many organizations collaborated and hosted the Senior Financial Empowerment Exposition. The Exposition held during April 21-28, 2018 was sponsored by Detroit … Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan/MiCAFE at a 2018 Senior Financial Empowerment Exposition

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My Experience as a Meals on Wheels Volunteer Driver

By Mary Beth Daley, Staff Accountant When I became aware that a co-worker, here at ELM, was trying to organize a team to commit to a Meals on Wheels delivery shifts I decided to jump on board. I said, “Sign me up!” I didn’t have any idea what to expect, but I welcomed the chance to be able to give back to seniors in my … Continue reading My Experience as a Meals on Wheels Volunteer Driver

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Food Stamps Can Cut Seniors’ Health Costs, But Most Aren’t Using Them

Via Governing.com BY J.B. WOGAN | AUGUST 31, 2017 More than half (three out of five) of the seniors who qualify for food stamps don’t get them. They either don’t know they’re eligible, feel too embarrassed to sign up or face transportation barriers getting to the enrollment office, say anti-hunger advocates. Read the full article. Continue reading Food Stamps Can Cut Seniors’ Health Costs, But Most Aren’t Using Them

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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