Sweetest Seniors

By Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member  Get ready all ye who are romantic at heart! This year Sweetest Day is October 20th, always the third Saturday in October and celebrated in the Midwestern and parts of the Northeastern United States. You may think this is just a holiday created to increase the sale of candy and other romantic deeds. However, in 1922, philanthropist Herbert Birch Kingston started … Continue reading Sweetest Seniors

6 Personal Cyber Security Tips

By Denise Keiser, Fund Development Specialist  Do you think your life is too boring for a scammer, hacker, or identity thief to target? If so, you’re not alone. Most people believe that cybercriminals only target banks, corporations, or wealthy celebrities.  Sadly, as cyber attacks continue to grow, so does the target population for scammers to now include individual users like you and me. Cybercriminals may steal, alter, or destroy data by hacking into a susceptible device like your personal computer. Even novice … Continue reading 6 Personal Cyber Security Tips

What Happens When a Guardianship Gets Contentious

Via AARP By Kenneth Miller Larry Davis tried his best to help his stepmother, but distance made it difficult. Davis lived with his wife in Sonoma County, Calif.; Kise (pronounced KEEˇ-say) Davis lived in Las Cruces, N.M., 1,200 miles away. She was struggling with dementia, and Larry, who held power of attorney over her affairs, spoke with her regularly, kept tabs on her via local … Continue reading What Happens When a Guardianship Gets Contentious

Meet the Team, Volunteer Spotlight: Terry Schwennesen

By Michelle Goetz, J.D., M.S.L.A., Project Coordinator Terry Schwennesen, J.D. is a legal hotline volunteer at Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. and has been a valued member of our team since July 2018. Before she started volunteering at Elder Law of Michigan, she was employed by National Grid, a utility company serving nearly seven million electric and natural gas customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and New York. … Continue reading Meet the Team, Volunteer Spotlight: Terry Schwennesen

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

Making a Difference with Community Service

By Jennifer Blanck, MiCAFE Network Coordinator   We are a wonderful nation that comes together by pouring out love, time, talent, support, food, clothing and more to help others who are going through natural disasters and other tragedies. Churches, large companies, and non-profit organizations are crucial in the recovery process to rebuild and help communities recover, which can take weeks, months or even years.   I have the … Continue reading Making a Difference with Community Service

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Pension lump-sum payouts and your retirement security

Via pueblo.gpo.gov A guide for consumers considering their retirement payout options from a private-sector plan. Your traditional pension plan is designed to provide you with a steady stream of income once you retire. That’s why your pension benefits are normally paid in the form of lifetime monthly payments. Increasingly, employers are making available to their employees a one-time payment for all or a portion of … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Pension lump-sum payouts and your retirement security