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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…

Five Things to Know About Planned Giving

Planned giving is the process of making charitable gifts during your life or at your death as part of your individual financial or estate plan. This type of giving serves a dual purpose. Planned gifts help support charitable causes, and they help individuals address their own financial needs while using specific legal and tax strategies….

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…

Hang Up on Scammers

The Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General is ready to #SlamTheScam on March 10, the third annual National Slam the Scam Day!  Slam the Scam Day is part of National Consumer Protection Week hosted by the Federal Trade Commission from March 6-12. The goal is to raise public awareness of government imposter and…

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…

Senior Strength Training: It is never too late to start

If you are taking exercise classes or using the fitness room, but neither include any sort of strength training, it might be time to switch it up a little bit. Strength training can play an important role in helping prevent age-related muscle loss and falls, promoting mobility, keeping your bones strong and helping to combat…

Isolation is an Aging Adult’s #1 Enemy

For aging adults, the corrosive impact of being homebound and socially isolated can be as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Health studies estimate as much as $6.7 billion in annual spending is attributed to social isolation among older adults. Among the elderly, social isolation and poor relationships were associated with a 29% increase…

My Experience as an AgeWell Services Volunteer

I would like to take some time right now to tell you about my own experience with AgeWell Services of West Michigan. I started out as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels in April of 2019. I absolutely loved delivering meals on my routes. There were so many grateful people each time I delivered….

7 Steps to Get Heart Healthy For American Heart Month

Today is the day to wear red! February is American Heart Month and the first Friday of the month is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, killing 301,280 women in 2019, about 1 in 5 deaths….