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Senior Times - April 2019 Page 11VOLUNTEERING: GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR COMMUNITY!By: Helen Guzzo, MSW, Manager, Calhoun County Senior ServicesVolunteering contributes to improved mental and physical health through new friendships, great- er understanding of your community, increased physical activity, and a renewed sense of purpose. Many nonprofit organizations serving seniors have a volunteer component that is integral to their program delivery model. Many nonprofit organi- zations funded by Calhoun County Senior Millage rely on volunteers to provide help to seniors in need.Finding the right place to volunteer is important. To be a joyful giver, you want to find a place and way to give where you feel appreciated and rewarded.Meals on Wheels, or home-delivered meals, depend on volunteer drivers and hoppers. Hoppers get out of the vehicle to deliver meals and greet the seniors receiving meals. Each weekday from 10am to noon, Meals on Wheels volunteers crisscross the area delivering meals to seniors in need. This is an important service that delivers nutrition and a friendly check on homebound seniors. You can volunteer once a month, once a week or multiple days a week. Volunteers mustAdult Day Care Center. Many programs and activ- ities are offered because of the talent and commit- ment of volunteers. Bingo assistants, music leaders, helpers with arts and crafts, and friendly visitors are always needed. Call the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility Volunteer Coordinator at 269-962-1750 ext. at least 18 or be accompanied by a parent or legal adult, and must pass a background check. Delivering meals is a rewarding and easy way to give back to the community. Senior Services of Southwest Michigan always welcomes new vol- unteers at (269) 382-0515.(269) 965-0000In addition to volunteering for Meals on Wheels, if you or your loved one are homebound and struggle to make food independently, please do not hesitate to call to sign up for home-delivered meals. Calhoun County residents who are 60 and over who are homebound, or recovering from a medical procedure, may sign up by calling Seniorand enjoy being with children. Call Community Action at 877-422-2726.Research demonstrates that older volun- teers are more likely to receive physical and mental health benefits from volunteering when compared to younger volunteers. Volunteering can be the secret ingredient to staying active and aging well.Helen Guzzo, MSW, is the Manager of Calhoun County Senior Services, which administers Senior Millage tax dollars. More information is available by calling (269) 781-0846.Services of Southwest Michigan at 866-200-8877. An assessor will schedule a visit to your home within a couple of days to help you complete an application.Have you developed an expertise in Medicare? Volunteer Medicare and Medicaid counselors are needed by CareWell Services Benefits Counseling program. Help older adults understand Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance benefits, and help seniors compare plans and sign up for Medicare Part D. Training and support are offered for volun- teers in the Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP). Volunteers are especially busy during Medicare open enrollment, October 15 through December 7 each year. Call MMAP at (269) 441- 0931 for more information.Below are opportunities to get involved in that are helping older adults.Volunteers are the heart and backbone of Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to rehab houses and revitalize neighborhoods. Volunteers are needed for construction projects after attending an orientation and training, and for stocking shelves and working with donations at the ReStore. The Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers, call (269) 966-2502.The Community Action’s Foster Grandparent Program provides an opportunity for low-income senior citizens to nurture and educate children in schools or childcare environments. Grandparents volunteer 15-40 hours a week and are provided with a program orientation; monthly in-service trainings; a uniform top with a program nametag; transportation assistance to and from volunteer sites and in-service meetings; a meal during each day worked; accident insurance; and an hourly stipend of $2.65. Volunteers must be 55 years of age or older, have an adjusted income less than 200 percent ($24,980 annually for one person house- hold in 2019) of the federal poverty guideline,Joining your local senior center is another way to get involved and start volunteering. Senior centers rely on their members to organize activities, work at the front desk and provide hos- pitality. Call your local center to find out what is needed.• Forks Senior Center – Albion (517) 629-3842, • Heritage Commons – Marshall (269) 558-6150, • Kool Family Community Center – Battle CreekVolunteers are an integral part of the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility and Marian E. Burch6 R CKth • ANNUALATHON•& Silent AuctionFriday, May 17th, 2019 @ 9:00 am to 8:00 pmSilent Auction Hours: Friday 9am-7:30pm Held in the Community RoomCalhoun County Medical Care Facility1150 East Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014Join us as we rock to promote awareness of dementia,raise funds for Miles for Memories, and support Calhoun County residents with dementia and their caregivers with overnight respite.ROCK • DONATE • CURETO DONATE: Stop by during our ROCK•A•THON! OR MAIL TO: CCMCF C/O ROCK•A•THON 1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014For additional information call (269) 962-5458 ext.304GivingCaregiversPeace of MindMarian E. Burch Adult Day Care CenterProviding support Monday-Friday, 7am-4:30pm so you can keep your loved one in their own home environment as long as possible.• Care Conference meetings with Caregivers to discuss loved ones’ progress.• Transportation, Nutritious Meal, and snacks.• Variety of daily cognitive and physical activities, including music, art, and community out- ings.• Full-time nurse providing medication management and medical monitoring. Our nurse works closely with your primary care physician.• Full-time Certified Nurse Aides providing personal care including whirlpool baths, shaving and per- sonal care.• Pre-arranged Overnight Respite• Restorative Therapy available.• Full-service beauty shop and podiatry services available.• Serving adults 18 years and older Monday - Friday, 7am-4:30-pm• Financial assistance available to those who qualify.Marian E. Burch is a department of Calhoun County Medical Care Facility since 1983.1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269) 962-1750

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