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Senior Times - May 2019
200 West Michigan Avenue Suite 102 Battle Creek, MI 49017
My Medicare Matters – Do you have Both Medicare AND Medicaid?
By: Karen Courtney, Regional MMAP Coordinator, CareWell Services SW
The Growing Impact of Dementia and What Businesses Can Do
By: Liz Lawson Young, Marketing Specialist, CareWell Services SW
Dementia is a growing health issue. Currently, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s dementia. Whether Alzheimer’s related, or another form of dementia, this condition affects about one in 10 adults age 65 and older. It is projected that the number of Americans living with some form of dementia will escalate rapidly in the coming years.
provided by dementia caregivers in 2018. These hours are often filled with assisting in daily activities including hygiene activities, getting dressed, paying bills, shopping, among others.
dementia, recognize the signs, communicate effectively with an individual with dementia, and create a dementia-friendly physical space.
Most associate dementia
with memory loss, but that is just one symptom. Dementia is an overall term describing the loss of cognitive function and behavioral skills, also including reasoning, language skills, focus, and more, which interferes with an individual’s ability to perform everyday activities.
As the symptoms grow and daily activities become more difficult, it is common for those with dementia and their caregivers to withdraw from their normal activities and routines. As a result, those affected by dementia can begin to feel isolated in their own community.
Becoming Dementia Friendly can help you provide support for employees affected by dementia, as well as retain customers who may otherwise disconnect from activities due to increased symptoms. The training may also help you gain new customers who can feel comfortable at your business, knowing you have an understanding of how to serve the specific needs of those living with dementia.
The impact of dementia
spreads even further to affect family members, friends, and
other caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that over 18.5 billion hours of informal care were
It may be difficult to understand how businesses can assist those affected by dementia, but CareWell Services is here to help! Local businesses can provide support by completing a Dementia Friendly Business Training. This training equips businesses to understand
It is important to fight against the stigma of dementia and work to assist those living with dementia and their caregivers to remain connected to their communities.
CareWell Services is offering a Dementia Friendly Business Training on May 15, 12-1:30pm, at the Kool Family Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave, in Battle Creek. The training is free and includes lunch. Registration is required and can be completed at registration or by calling (269) 966-2450.
Persons who have both Medicare and full Medicaid (without a “spend down”) are considered Full Duals. These individuals may be receiving notification letters about being passively enrolled into a MiHealth Link insurance program, effective June 1.
If you receive this letter,
or a notice that your Part D prescription plan has been cancelled, you have a limited time to act, to figure out if a MiHealth Link insurance plan
is a good fit for your health situation. If you don’t want the enrollment to take place, you should contact Michigan Enrolls to disenroll and opt out before May 25, to keep your current coverages and prescription plans in place.
Stay Fit at Heritage Commons
By: Kitty Knoll, Senior Center Coordinator, Heritage Commons
two sets of resistance training routines, each with eight to ten exercises that can be used within the program. Both routines begin with a five to ten minute warm up that may include walking, marching, or light calisthenics such as toe touches. The resistance training exercises work all of the major muscle groups, utilizing a combination of dumbbells, adjustable ankle weights, and body weights. Classes conclude with a five to ten minute cool-down that includes upper and lower flexibility exercises. Generally, classes meet twice per week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10:30-11:30am. Call (269) 558-6150 to register.
Yoga for Healthy Aging is a Tuesday night favorite! The course begins with yoga practice basics and ends at an advanced beginner level. Drop-ins are welcome. The class is taught with individual safety and alignment in mind. The guiding principle is “fitting the pose to the body, not the body to the pose.” The instructor will teach modifications and how to use props such as blocks, yoga blankets, and straps. Every class will include five parts: 1) centering, setting our intentions
MMAP can help you determine if all your medications are on the proposed plans formulary. If not, and the plan takes effect, you might have difficulty getting your meds
in June. MMAP can also help discover whether all your doctors participate with that exact plan. The MiHealth Link insurances
in our region are the Meridian Complete Plan and Aetna Better Health Premier Plan. You must only use in-network providers with these plans. If your meds are covered, and your doctors participate, a MiHealth Link
plan might be a good fit for you. It would save you money on prescriptions, as well as provide you with health management help and some extra benefits like dental and vision.
Are you interested in exercise but don’t know where to start? Come
to Heritage Commons and audit a class! While you’re here, pick up a free visit card, good for three free visits.
and warm-up; 2) flexibility and coordination; 3) strength building; 4) balance, and; 5) cool-down
and relaxation. Please contact
the instructor, Julie Jackson, for information and costs at (269) 963- 9257 or by cell at (269) 579-4036.
Contact MMAP at 1-800- 803-7174 to learn more about MiHealth Link plans.
The StrongPeople Strength Training Program includes progressive resistance training, balance training, and flexibility exercises. The curriculum includes
Heritage Commons offers many exercise programs with qualified instructors for many types of fitness training. Move to Improve is a cardio-based program led by an experienced instructor from the Oaklawn Life Improvement Center (OLIC). This class is offered twice a week on Mondays and Fridays. Cardio training offers a chance to improve your flexibility and your cardiovascular system while having fun! You don’t have to have prior experience in this program.
An assessment must be completed before class exercises begin.
Aloha! Hula dancing is an ancient traditional art of movement that tells a story. In its traditional form, men and women danced telling a story through fluid movements. No matter what your age or gender or whether you dance or not, learning to dance the Hula has something for everyone to enjoy! Hula dancing can tone hips, thighs, and arms, and the moves strengthen back muscles. Your mind stays engaged by memorizing steps and the story. This dance helps your spirit by easing everyday tension and stress. If you are interested, please call (269) 558-6150 to sign up. This class is offered on a limited basis.
Aging and Disability Resource Line: 1-800-626-6719 General Agency Telephone: (269) 966-2450
If you are a Caregiver/ Guardian/DPOA for a full dual in a Nursing Home or Adult Foster Care, they might be impacted. You would need proper papers recorded with DHHS in order to act on behalf of your loved one about Mihealth Link enrollment.
Exercise for All, is another OLIC exercise program. Led by a trained instructor, it is based on the Arthritis Foundation exercises and emphasizes flexibility. You will enjoy a routine that is rounded out by exercise weights and workout balls. This program meets on Tuesday and Thursdays at 1:30pm.
Heritage Commons is located
at 13444 Preston Drive off of 15 Mile Road just outside of the city limits of Marshall. Please call (269) 558-6150 for information or stop by for a tour. Our hours are Monday- Thursday 9am-3pm, Tuesday night 6-8pm, and Friday, 9am-1pm.

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