Gardening for Seniors

By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Gardening is a satisfying experience at any age. For those of you who love gardening or have just decided that you may like to try gardening, I have some really good tips. You should start small, which is always a great idea when you are thinking of learning a new skill like … Continue reading Gardening for Seniors

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

Lessons Learned

By Ron Tatro, Vice President at Elder Law of Michigan It is hard to believe that another year, 2019, is gone and that 2020 has begun. The holiday season is over, and we are looking forward to spring. It is also the time that many people make, or at least consider making, resolutions. It is a time for new beginnings. I am surrounded by some wonderful colleagues … Continue reading Lessons Learned

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

Seniors Alone During the Holidays

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan The holiday season is the time of year when people are busy shopping, going to dinner, partying, visiting relatives, and preparing meals. However, there is a population of people who are very much alone or lonely: seniors. Often seniors are alone not by choice but due to circumstances that are out of their control. … Continue reading Seniors Alone During the Holidays

MiCAFE Client Story: Ms. L

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) is a program of Elder Law of Michigan that helps potentially eligible older adults and individuals with disabilities access and apply for public benefits through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). MiCAFE also helps older adults and those with disabilities who are struggling to … Continue reading MiCAFE Client Story: Ms. L

Three reasons why Social Security is important for women

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. Yet, on average, women face greater economic challenges than men in retirement. Nearly 55 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits are women. Women generally live longer than men … Continue reading Three reasons why Social Security is important for women

That’s for the Birds

By Ron Tatro, Vice President at Elder Law of Michigan My family’s home is in the country and we are surrounded by nature. Deer, turkeys, coyotes, and sandhill cranes roam the fields. Our back yard is home to countless species of birds. They range from large birds such as hawks and eagles to doves, cardinals, and songbirds. For me, they are a reminder of the changing … Continue reading That’s for the Birds

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