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Age Out Loud – Celebrating Older Americans Month

by Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator Did you know that May is Older Americans Month? The theme “Age Out Loud” is being promoted by the Administration for Community Living this year. With roughly 10,000 people turning 65 years old every day in the United States, Older Americans Month aims to bring awareness to and celebrate how aging looks different today, both compared to the past and varying … Continue reading Age Out Loud – Celebrating Older Americans Month

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National American Diabetes Association Alert Day

by Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator National American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March, this day is intended to be a 1-day wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans or about 9 percent of the U.S. population. It’s … Continue reading National American Diabetes Association Alert Day

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The Importance of Physical Activity

by Karen Flores, Hotline Attorney We all know that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to both physical and mental health, however, during the winter months, maintaining consistent physical activity can be challenging. And although being exposed to natural sunlight is good for our health, the outdoors is not very inviting when days are cold and gloomy. There are various ways to stay active indoors.  Of course … Continue reading The Importance of Physical Activity

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Seniors Behind Bars

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney Helen was serving a life sentence in prison. At age 85, she went before the parole board. Her kidneys were failing and she required dialysis twice a week. The parole board found her to be a threat to society because “she did not have firm employment plans.” At age 86, Helen died in prison. For more about Helen’s story read Tenacious: Art … Continue reading Seniors Behind Bars

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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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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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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