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National Home Safety Month

by Ron Tatro, Vice President Many of us look forward to the end of a busy day of working, taking care of the grandkids, or doing tasks when we get go home. Home is our sanctuary, a place of rest and where we can let our “hair” down. For seniors, home can also be an environment that poses danger. Each June, the National Safety Council encourages … Continue reading National Home Safety Month

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Stroke Awareness Month

by Mary Beth Daley, Staff Accountant Most everyone has been exposed to the devastating effects and aftermath of a stroke. Most all of us have a close friend or family member who has experienced one of the three basic types of stroke. My family has been personally affected by two of the three. A number of years ago, my 69 year old mother suffered a … Continue reading Stroke Awareness Month

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National Senior Health and Fitness Day

by Shirley Brown, MiCafe Community Partner Engagement Specialist Living an active lifestyle is the gift that just keeps on giving. Seniors 60+ who engage in regular leisure time activity increase their life expectancy, and look incredible. Seniors must build a strong physical, nutritional and mental fitness base so that they can remain strong and independent. It is imperative that you take care of yourselves regardless of age. Physical activity … Continue reading National Senior Health and Fitness Day

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10 Better Sleep Tips for Older Adults

by Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator May is Better Sleep Month and brings awareness to the health benefits of sleep. Adults over age 65 typically require less sleep. Although 7-8 hours is recommended for those over 65, 5-6 hours may be an appropriate amount of sleep. Sleep affects mood, attention, memory, sleepiness, falls, and quality of life. Many older adults sleep less than needed, have greater difficulty … Continue reading 10 Better Sleep Tips for Older Adults

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Prevention is possible. Sexual violence prevention requires many voices and roles.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by Alexis Ringman, Project Administrator April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact, including words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent. Nearly 1 in 5 women and … Continue reading Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Celebrate World Water Day

by Alexis Ringman, Project Administrator March 22nd is designated as World Water Day. The first World Water Day was designated on March 22, 1993 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to bring international awareness about water related issues and inspire action. This year’s UN Water World Water Day theme is water and jobs and is “focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can … Continue reading Celebrate World Water Day

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Today is American Diabetes Alert Day

by Miles Morley, MiCAFE Community Partner Liaison The American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Alert Day is today, March 22. The purpose of Alert Day is to help inform individuals about the risks of developing diabetes. The ADA facilitates this with their risk assessment. The ADA reports that one in four people who have diabetes are undiagnosed or unaware of their condition. The complications from diabetes, described below, are … Continue reading Today is American Diabetes Alert Day

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6 Simple Steps to be a Wise Healthcare Consumer

by Lyndsy Gamet, MiCAFE Outreach and Training Coordinator Wise Healthcare Consumer month is here, sponsored by The American Institute for Preventative Medicine. It aims to bring attention to being a good healthcare consumer. Are you taking the steps necessary to ensure your healthcare is working properly for you? Speak up. Self advocacy is crucial to getting the most from your healthcare. If you do not like … Continue reading 6 Simple Steps to be a Wise Healthcare Consumer

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Low Vision Awareness Month

by Nicholas Goodman, Intake Clerk When discussing vision loss, it is important to know that a person can have low vision but not be completely blind. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, low vision isn’t fully correctable with surgery, medications, contact lenses, or glasses. February is Low Vision Awareness month and there are many resources and great technology available for people with low … Continue reading Low Vision Awareness Month