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May is Older Americans Month

by Keith Morris, President May has been proclaimed Older Americans Month for over 50 years.  This year’s theme is “Blaze a Trail”.  The purpose of this month is to raise awareness of issues faced by older adults.  It is also a time to recognize the many contributions that older adults have made. The theme for this year was definitely fitting for these purposes.  But it … Continue reading May is Older Americans Month

Caregiver bringing a tray of food to seniors.

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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Steps To Take When Becoming A Caregiver

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney This post is the second in our series on caregivers. In our previous post, we provided questions to help you determine whether you are a caregiver. In this post, we will discuss the steps to take when becoming a caregiver and the resources that are available to help make caregiving manageable. The Legal Hotline receives several calls each week … Continue reading Steps To Take When Becoming A Caregiver

Ageism, You’re Fired!

by Teresa Elliott, MiCAFE Intern Did you know this is National Social Work Week? In fact, the whole month of March is Social Work Month! Most people come into contact with social workers through direct service delivery in the form of counseling or case management. But did you know an important part of a social worker’s role is to work for social change? Social workers … Continue reading Ageism, You’re Fired!

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National Random Acts of Kindness Week

by Mary Beth Daley, Staff Accountant This post is in honor of National Random Acts of Kindness Week which runs February 15th through 21st. The dictionary defines the adjective “random” as, “proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern.” Surprise a senior friend, neighbor or someone you meet this week with a random act of kindness. Below, I’ve listed several ideas. If none of … Continue reading National Random Acts of Kindness Week

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National Senior Independence Month is a Time to Celebrate Your Age

by Ron Tatro, Vice President Independence is a wonderful thing. Throughout our lives it comes to us in many different forms. As children, independence allows us to explore new sites, sounds, smells, and meet new mostly older people. In our teen years, driving brings independence for many along with new social experiences like attending a prom and meeting more new friends. In those middle years, … Continue reading National Senior Independence Month is a Time to Celebrate Your Age

Grandmother with her caregiver granddaughter.

Caring for a Loved One – Five Questions to Determine if you are a Caregiver

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives many calls each week regarding caregivers. There comes a time in many people’s lives when they are unable to take care of themselves and may need to seek the help of others. It may be as simple as having someone come in and help prepare meals or go food shopping. Or, it … Continue reading Caring for a Loved One – Five Questions to Determine if you are a Caregiver

Time is Running Out to Apply for Step Forward Funds

The Step Forward Michigan Program was established to help people in Michigan who are having trouble keeping up with their mortgage payments or property taxes. The Step Forward Michigan Program is ending soon! HRCMI, a program of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., has helped Michigan homeowners apply for and receive over a million dollars in Step Forward funds. Now is the time to act before this … Continue reading Time is Running Out to Apply for Step Forward Funds

5 Tips to Helps Seniors Enjoy The Holidays

by Char Brooks, J.D. The holidays can be a great time to get together with family and friends. At the same time, it can be stressful if you are struggling financially or feeling overwhelmed. Here are some simple tips to help you enjoy your holidays more and have less stress: Get Your Sleep: It is hard to enjoy the holidays if you’re exhausted. Even though … Continue reading 5 Tips to Helps Seniors Enjoy The Holidays

Senior Companion Program

by Karen Flores, J.D., Hotline Attorney The Corporation for National & Community Service established the Senior Corps agency for people age 55 and over who want to volunteer in their community and provide aid to people in need. Previously, we discussed the Foster Grandparent Program which connects seniors to children in need to provide emotional support, mentoring, and tutoring services. Another program which operates through … Continue reading Senior Companion Program