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Senior Services News

Falling in Love with Getting Older

By Trena Winans, Education & Community Outreach Director No one can say that a life with childhood, manhood and old age is not a beautiful arrangement; the day has its morning, noon and sunset, and the year has its seasons, and it is good according to its own...

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Staying Active & Eating Healthy to Avoid Malnutrition

By Carol Witte, RDN, Director of Nutrition  Services and Senior Centers It is important to remain well-nourished at every stage of our life, but it often becomes more difficult as we get older. An individual may lack proper nutrition due to a number of factors,...

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Michigan’s Pearl Harbor Survivor

By Tom Lowrey, Senior Services Education Assistant Army Private Donald Bloomfield worked as a fire truck driver in a fire station that didn’t even have a fire truck. “I never did get a fire truck while I was over there, but I did everything from soup to nuts. I chased...

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Top Tips for Caregivers

By Trena Winans, Education & Community Outreach Director Over the last seven years I have met many caregivers working hard to navigate the changes in their lives when a loved one becomes ill or needs assistance. Here are a few of the key questions and suggestions...

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Teaching the Teacher…To Listen

By Trena Winans, Senior Services Education & Community Outreach Director It is a humbling thing, when one prides oneself on strong communication skills, to find out how much there is yet to learn. Such was the case when I had the opportunity to take a...

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Farmers Market and Grilling Out: Because It’s Summer!

By Carol Witte, RDN, Director of Nutrition Services and Centers I love all the seasons in Michigan, but I must admit summer is number one my list! I love the outdoors. There is color everywhere you look—from the beautiful scenery to the bright produce at the Farmers...

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Living Log Cabin Life

By Tom Lowrey, Senior Services Education Assistant He grew up in Benton Harbor, and I was sent there in 1947 to teach in the Lutheran school when there was a shortage of teachers. He said, “Who’s that new girl in the choir?” and that’s how we came to be acquainted. We...

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Healthy Fats?

By Carol Witte, RDN, Director of Nutrition  Services and Senior Centers It may seem odd to place the words “healthy” and “fat” together, but fat is a necessary nutrient for your body. While various fats in food have different effects on health, some offer...

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Handyman Program Receives Innovation Award

In recognition of its commitment to improving the lives of older adults, Senior Services was presented with The Silver Key Coalition Tess Canja Innovation Award at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Lansing office. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan,...

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