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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

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Home Healthcare Agencies and Caregivers

by Gay Nell Jenkins, MiCAFE Community Partner Liaison Have you ever thought about using a home healthcare agency? Home health nurses go into the homes to care for the elderly and disabled patient. The goal of home health care nurses is to instruct, educate, and perform complex tasks as it relates to the care of the patient. While teaching caregivers how to safely assist patients with … Continue reading Home Healthcare Agencies and Caregivers

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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

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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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National Nutrition Month – Part 1

by Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member March is National Nutrition Month! MiCAFE, a program of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., will be celebrating this important month by raising awareness of the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This post is the first in a series of posts this month highlighting this important initiative. Welcome March with good news about nutrition! Here … Continue reading National Nutrition Month – Part 1

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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