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What is this Tom Foolery? 

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney April Fools Day is upon us and there are wicked family members, friends, and co-workers plotting pranks. The tradition is for folks to pull harmless jokes on everyone around them. Where does all this Tom Foolery come from anyway? According to Snopes, the custom of pranking “remains shrouded in mystery”.  Some claim that when the calendar changed in 1500 to the … Continue reading What is this Tom Foolery? 

Valentine's Day candy hearts.

Valentine’s Day and Seniors

By Jennifer Blanck, MiCAFE Network Coordinator Today is Valentine’s Day. Most people think of Valentine’s Day as a romantic holiday reserved primarily for couples. Really it is a time dedicated to showing our love to those around us who we love and care about; our family, friends, classmates, or even coworkers. Our aging loved ones should not be forgotten during this time. Many may now be alone … Continue reading Valentine’s Day and Seniors

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Putting Food on the Table for the Holidays

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist For many, holidays in December bring joy and excitement. For those living on a fixed income, the social expectations for providing meals at family gatherings can be stressful and overwhelming. Here are some resources to make this time of year less anxiety-inducing: Feeding America has a network of food banks in the southern lower peninsula. You can search by … Continue reading Putting Food on the Table for the Holidays

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Don’t Forget To Celebrate Memorial Day!

by Karen Flores, Hotline Attorney The last Monday in May is designated as Memorial Day, a federal holiday creating a three-day weekend which signifies the unofficial beginning of summer, a day off work and school, and most likely a huge sale at Art Van. More importantly, Memorial Day was established as a day to honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day … Continue reading Don’t Forget To Celebrate Memorial Day!

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Sunday is Valentine’s Day

by Rachael Savoie, Office Manager For many seniors, this annual day of love can be just another day. Here are a few suggestions on how you may brighten Valentine’s Day for that special senior in your life. Have flowers delivered, or deliver them yourself if you live nearby; If your loved one has old letters from the love of their life, dust them off and … Continue reading Sunday is Valentine’s Day