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Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act

by Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, Managing Hotline Attorney Building on my previous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) article, I will examine public bodies that are covered by the FOIA and some of the challenges individuals face when submitting a FOIA request. The Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act defines public body to include any of the following: State officer, employee, agency, department, division, bureau, board, commission, council, authority, or other … Continue reading Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act

Man and woman jogging.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

By Jennifer Blanck, MiCAFE Network Coordinator People over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of obesity, heart disease and fall-related injuries.  This is greatly due to the fact that as people age they tend to lose muscle mass, bone density, energy, and flexibility causing them to lead a more sedentary lifestyle.  What many people don’t realize is that they can combat many of these … Continue reading National Senior Health & Fitness Day

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Stress Awareness Month

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist April is Stress Awareness Month, although some of you might say you’re aware of stress every month. Let’s take some time to focus on what we can do about it. In a culture of instant gratification and feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day, something as simple as waiting for coffee to brew can make our blood … Continue reading Stress Awareness Month

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Freedom of Information Day

by Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, Managing Hotline Attorney If you think about it, March 16th is not a joyous day for many people – unless, of course, it’s our birthday. Some people view March 16th as just another Thursday, and I suspect that they may be counting the minutes until the weekend. While many of us view the month of March as the beginning of March Madness (Go … Continue reading Freedom of Information Day

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Stop calling me!

by Ellen Mason, Hotline Attorney If bill collectors are bugging you remember: you do not have to talk to them. Federal law lets you demand that a bill collector stop calling you. So the next time a bill collector calls and you don’t want to talk to him or her say “Stop calling me!” The bill collector must not call you again except (1) to … Continue reading Stop calling me!

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Fire Prevention Week

by Chris Jackson, Communications Coordinator and Project Administrator Did you know that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years? Once a year, you should check your smoke alarms to review their date of manufacture. If the date is more than ten years old, you should replace the unit with a new smoke alarm. Additionally, you should test your smoke alarms monthly by pressing the … Continue reading Fire Prevention Week

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Tips and Resources for Aging Drivers 

by Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator Older adults (age 65 and up) comprise just under 20% of all drivers licensed in Michigan, and this number is projected to increase. Similarly, recent Michigan vehicle crash data reveals that older adult crashes are also increasing, up to 45,864 in 2015 from 36,997 in 2006. Older drivers were more likely than other age groups to engage in the following crash … Continue reading Tips and Resources for Aging Drivers