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Sleep Awareness Week

by Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator The week of March 6th through 13th is Sleep Awareness Week and brings awareness to how sleep affects health and safety. 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. Daylight Saving Time … Continue reading Sleep Awareness Week

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National Wear Red Day

by Sara Jackson, MiCAFE Network Specialist When you go to the store during the month of February, you will see lots of red and pink decorations for Valentine’s Day. However, the red decorations can be used for another special event. That special event is American Heart Health Month. During the month of February, the American Heart Association raises awareness throughout the whole month to express … Continue reading National Wear Red Day

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Heart Health Awareness

By Jennifer Blanck, Call Center Staff Member In March of 2010, my 55-year-young father had been having issues with leg cramps and was going in for a heart stent to improve circulation. However, the stent procedure turned into a quadruple bypass. It was one of the scariest times in my life to see my dad after the surgery so pale and lifeless and hooked up to so many … Continue reading Heart Health Awareness

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Avoiding Overmedication and Harmful Medication Interactions 

by Gay Nell Jenkins, MiCAFE Community Partner Liaison Many older people have a higher risk of overmedication and medication interactions which are very harmful and deadly to them. Anytime a senior takes more than one medication, the medications can interact with each other. Most seniors do not ask questions regarding new medications prescribed or a change of dosage of the current medication because they trust the doctor, or feel … Continue reading Avoiding Overmedication and Harmful Medication Interactions 

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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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National Osteoporosis Month

by Kim Hill, Economic Security Client Services Manager Did you know that May is National Osteoporosis Month? According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 10 million men and women in America are living with osteoporosis, and another 44 million people have low bone density, which places them at an increased risk for the bone disease. What causes osteoporosis? The Mayo Clinic explains that our bones … Continue reading National Osteoporosis Month