Hands reaching up.

The Psychological Impact of Poverty on Seniors

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?” The Beatles, in their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967, asked this question, half in jest. However, this question has significance for many adults staring down the road at their later years of life. Unlike the Beatles’ song which envisions a later life with grandchildren … Continue reading The Psychological Impact of Poverty on Seniors

Horse in a coloring book

Adult Coloring 

by Pat Gray, MiCAFE Community Partner Liaison From afar, I have been admiring Ms. Spencer, 84 of her mental stability. Recently, I asked her how she keeps mentally sharp. She stated last year she was watching a TV home shopping show and they were advertising Adult Coloring for seniors. She states it struck her interest. Subsequently, she ordered the Adult Coloring Book and the rest was … Continue reading Adult Coloring 

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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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Mental Health Awareness Month

by Natalie Pearce, Director of Economic Security May 2016 is Mental Health Awareness Month and the theme is Life with a Mental Illness. Much time has passed since the days of the asylums, where people with mental illnesses were locked in for most of their lives. Many purport that prisons are “the new asylums”, housing thousands of people with mental illnesses without adequate resources to … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month

Grandmother and granddaughter cooking

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

Creative Aging: An Invitation to PLAY

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney “The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.”  Irish Proverb Getting older can be fraught with difficulties and perhaps a wee bit of fear. According to many researchers, including aging psychotherapist, Kyrie Sue Carpenter, this stage of life is treated as a pathological condition, one that must be fought with all the “anti-aging” weapons that one can afford to … Continue reading Creative Aging: An Invitation to PLAY

September is Suicide Prevention Month

by Kellie Baker, MiCAFE Outreach Coordinator September is Disaster Preparedness Month, Food Safety Month, Guide Dog Month, all important issues to be discussed, but it is also Suicide Prevention Month.  While this isn’t the most exciting thing to talk about, it is incredibly important that it is talked about.  Suicide has touched many in some way.  Elderly suicide is a serious problem in the United … Continue reading September is Suicide Prevention Month