Caregiver's Corner: Understanding Options to Maintain Independence
One of the greatest fears people have as they age is the loss of independence. In fact, many people assume that eventually their independence will be lost and they will end up in long term care. Unfortunately, as a result, many people do not seek help until they are in a crisis. This does not have to happen. Needing assistance does not mean losing independence. There are a number of resources and services available to help older adults age in place.
Caregiver's Corner: Transitioning to Long-Term Care
Long-term care is not always a favorite topic for people to discuss; however, it is a topic that does arise in people’s lives, sometimes planned and sometimes unexpectedly. Long-term care may be an option for individuals when they begin to need more help on a daily basis due to a disability or chronic illness. Long-term care can include a variety of services, such as personal care, medication management, meals, homemaking, and around-the-clock supervision. The type of services and the amount of care that are offered may vary from person to person, based on each individual’s unique needs. Before pursuing “long-term care,” it is important for individuals to have an understanding of the different kinds of care offered so they can be prepared in planning for the next situation ahead of them.
Caregiver's Corner: What Is A Stroke?
What is a stroke? And how can you reduce your risk of a stroke by implementing healthy lifestyle changes.
Caregiver's Corner: The Skinny On Why Hobbies Are Critical To Senior Health
Whether you are living at home, or in an assisted living facility, learning a new hobby is a low-cost, high return activity. Many hobbies require few materials and are easy to administer. The benefits to your health, however, are invaluable.
Caregiver's Corner: What Every Dementia Caregiver Must Know
With over five million people in the US with Alzheimer’s/ dementia today and this number expected to grow exponentially every year, it is of vital importance to empower the family and professional caregivers with support and dementia care skills. Providing care that yields positive outcomes for both the person living with Alzheimer’s/dementia and the caregiver is very important and challenging. To help, I provide a few things every Alzheimer’s/dementia caregiver must know.
Caregiver's Corner: Seeing 20/20
What is 60 days? In the matter of a lifetime or even just a year 60 days seems small and goes quickly. However, this year, just 60 days ago our lives were seemingly normal. Due to COVID 19 and the coronavirus, the same cannot be said about today or even what is to come in the next 60 days. At this time, when I write this article there is not a set date as to when things will get back to normal, or even what normal will be like.
What You Need to Know About the New Auto Insurance Law
Did you know that Michigan is changing the law about No-Fault? Join us on the Zoom platform (via phone or computer) for a session to learn from two local insurance agents who have been closely monitoring this new law.
Caregiver's Corner: Auto–No Fault: Changes Are Coming!
Everyone knows that if you have a car you have to insure it with at least “PLPD”, and that car insurance is not cheap. But do you know what you are paying for; do you know what “No-Fault” insurance is?
Virtual FCU: Organizing for Emotional Health
This workshop will focus on decluttering, downsizing, and organizing spaces for older adults to help them age in place while surrounded by the possessions that mean the most.
Caregiver's Corner: Organizing Safety
We have heard the words “safe at home” a lot this year. However, for some home is not a place that is safe for them, and now more than ever there is a need to make home a place that promotes both mental and physical health and wellbeing. One way to help make home a safer place is by getting organized. Many do not know this, but scientists have found that clutter in your home or being overly disorganized can have negative impacts on your safety, mental and physical wellbeing, and even on your relationships and caregivers.
Family Caregiver University: Community Resources A-Z (Part 1): In Home Options to Maintain Independence
Learn about a variety of options for care in a home-based setting, such as Kent County Senior Millage, Care Management services, Medicare, Medicaid (including MI Choice Waiver), PACE, private duty home care, Adult Day Care, respite services, and much more.
Virtual FCU: Empathy- What is it? Can it be learned?
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Come learn how having empathy for others increases our understanding and helps us provide better support to the ones we love.
Virtual FCU: Anxiety and Older Adults: Easing the Fear of Re-Entry
Have you noticed an increase in anxiety in the older adults you care about? Family members, friends, and caregivers are finding older adults exhibiting fear and anxiety about re-entering society after a prolonged period of pandemic isolation.