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Senior Symposium: Together Again, Moving Forward!

When we started thinking about what to call this year’s Senior Symposium, one idea came immediately to mind – Together Again! We had our last in person day of learning in fall of 2019 with 200 people attending to learn and connect on topics important older adults. With 2020 came the global pandemic and everything…

Women on bench

Caregiver Self-Care 101

Guest post by Tina Butler, CSA, CDP CEO Comfort Keepers Homecare/Oasis Senior Advisors Caregiving for a loved one can be one of the most selfless and rewarding acts.  Despite the benefits, the challenges of providing care can negatively affect the health and wellbeing of family caregivers.  In fact, rough studies indicate that 30% of caregivers…

“Stay Well” Can Help You Age Well

Guest post by Paula Detwiller If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, it’s that our mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand.  Remember the “bad old days” when COVID-19 traveled like wildfire through nursing homes, claiming hundreds of lives, and keeping family members separated? This public health disaster created a cascade of emotions — fear,…

This Wouldn’t Be Possible Without People Like You

Dear AgeWell Services of West Michigan volunteers, As we kickoff 2022 National Volunteer Week, we want to thank all of our volunteers. Thank you for your decades-long support. The idea and act of volunteerism is centuries old. For AgeWell Services, we have relied on volunteer support to provide vital connections to keep older adults nourished,…

Receiving the Keys to His Independence As He Helps Others with Theirs

February in West Michigan can be brutal. Cold temperatures, gloomy skies, and snow are typically in the forecast. February 25, 2022 was not a normal day, for many reasons. The sky was bright blue with barely a cloud to be seen. The temperature hinted at the coming spring. A group began to gather in one…

Vegetables at a market

Your Parents Knew What They Were Talking About

Parents give great advice.  Our parents raised us to make good decisions in life.  Can you remember some of the important words of wisdom that your parents gave you?  One of the phrases I’m sure you heard was: “Eat your vegetables!”  Some of you may remember when you couldn’t leave the table until you cleaned…

Get Your Tickets Now for Heels for Meals & More

Fast-paced auctions, signature cocktails, painted glassware, a delicious dinner and SHOES! Who can forget the shoes at the 7th Heels for Meals & More! Fancy flats, sober wingtips, sky-high heels, cozy slipper and more will all compete for a variety of fun prizes. After a two-year hiatus and a global pandemic, Heels for Meals returns…

Men eating at DTE Holiday Meal

Annual Holiday Meal Serves Thousands in West Michigan

Our annual DTE Energy Foundation Holidays Meals is one of the most highly anticipated events in the community. Our goal was to provide 3,000 meals to both Meals on Wheels and Lunch & Activity Centers participants. We far surpassed the goal by serving 3,402 holiday meals! What is this event? In partnership with DTE Energy…