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Page 24Senior Times - April 2019 GuardianFINANCE & ADVOCACYRobert Copeland, CEO, Special to Senior TimesBALANCING YOUR HEALTH: PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, AND FINANCIALLYBringing New Life to Senior Living“I am proud to provide the residents of Brookdalewith quality, nutritious meals, that enrich and help them maintain healthy lives. Witnessing their satisfactionand enjoyment is why I wouldn’t want to do anything else.” Sherry Connell , Dining Service DirectorOur ServicesAssisted Living | Specialized Memory Care Respite | On-Site Physical & Occupational TherapyBrookdale Battle CreekAssisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 191 Lois Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49015-7933 Main 269-979-7781 | Fax 269-979-1514 brookdale.comBROOKDALE® is a trademark ofBrookdale Senior Living Inc., Nashville, TN, USA.It’s no secret that maintaining your health requires different focuses as you age. Your body composition, metabo- lism, energy, flexibility, and stamina can all change drastically between your twenties and retirement, meaning the things you once did to stay in shape likely aren’t as effective as you get are now might have completely different hobbies. Conversely, maybe you were too busy in your youth totry some of the things you now have time for in retirement. It’s not just your nutrition and fitness that need to remain balanced, though – you also need to track the nutrition of your monetary accounts.The good news is that proper nutri- tion and exercise can go a long way toward keeping your body fit and healthy. A balanced diet of fresh vege- tables and fruits, protein, healthy fats, leafy greens, and moderation when it comes to sweets, junk food, and sugary beverages will ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need. Remember, food is fuel for your body the same way gas is for your car. You wouldn’t pour fruit punch into your engine and expect it to run perfectly!Retirement is an exciting time, but life costs money. Vacations, mortgage or rent payments, utilities and other bills, personal expenditures, out-of- pocket medical costs, unexpected events, and more all take a toll on your hard-won savings – and that problem is only compounded for those who were unable to put away as much as they wanted (or anything at all) during their working years. It’s important to regular- ly check in with your finances the way you do your primary care doctor, doing proactive checks to ensure all your ducks are in a row and no big problems are lurking around the corner.105 Capital Ave., NE 269-962-5527 www.farleyestesdowdle.comBATTLE CREEK • AUGUSTA RICHLANDRegular exercise will encourage good respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, and muscular health – allof which keep your internal systems functioning at their best. Tai chi, yoga, meditation, or pilates will help you stay focused, stress-free, and flexible, and long walks, joining a Silver Sneakers® (such as those offered at Forks Senior Center) or other fitness class (like Fun & Fitness by Senior Health Partners), cycling, kayaking, or trying lap swim- ming or aqua aerobics will keep your heart rate up and your muscles moving. There are options for every body, level, and mobility status, meaning you’re sure to find the right activities for you if you search your local gym or com- munity center. You can also keep your brain sharp with word and logic puz- zles, and stay socially engaged by par- ticipating in group games – like bingo, euchre or taking classes in cooking or gardening – among other options.Financial planning can be a convo- luted topic, however. Understanding where to turn, especially when you’ve got expenses or assets that you’re having trouble tracking, can be a night- mare. The good news is that there are resources out there for you, and teams of people ready and waiting to help ensure you’ve got everything you need to get the most out of your retirement.Empowering Lives, Guiding FuturesHere to Help with life’s challengesGuardian Finance and Advocacy Services (Guardian) has been a trusted service provider in Southwest Michigan since 1966. As a 501( c )3 nonpro t corporation, our professional and compassionate staff provides a complete network of public  duciary services to improve the lives of more than 1,200 clients each year.Our core business has historically been in the court-appointed services of guardian- ship and conservatorship, though we also serve as representative payee, by appoint- ment of the Social Security Administration, andVA  duciary, by appointment of the Veterans Administration.Money Management Trust Management VA Fiduciary GuardianshipWe are seeking to grow our services for the general public.These include trust management,  nancial power of attorney agreements, and money management programs, preventive offerings that can help people remain independent, avoid  nancial crisis, and prevent the need for court intervention.We are a social enterprise driven by our nonpro t mission, and simultaneously working to maintain our successful business. Our services are supportedby client fees that are necessary to cover service costs, and our fee schedule is adjusted to accommodate each client’s ability to pay.• Financial Power of Attorney • Special Needs Trust• Representative Payee• ConservatorshipVisit our website for more information www.yourguardian.org693 Capital Ave. SW, Unit #3 Battle Creek, MI 49015269-963-3253The most important thing is that you allow your dedication to your health to evolve as you do.You’re not the same person you were when you were 25, and whoAt Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services, our Money Management pro- gram offers one-on-one assistance to help seniors – regardless of their finan- cial status – assess their current situa- tions and create a plan for the future. Just like you’d trust a personal trainer with how to get in shape, or a physician or nutritionist with how best to tackle your dietary needs, our team of money managers sit down with you to discuss your income, expenses, savings, other assets, and anything else about which you’re concerned. The result is a plan to ensure your “financial nutrition” is just as healthy and balanced as the rest of you.Fitness is an evolution, but it’s one you can tackle with the right planning and focus. Let’s get (and stay!) fit and healthy together – physically, mentally, and fiscally.BICKFORD OF BATTLE CREEK3432 Capital Ave SW, Battle Creek, MI 49015 | (269) 599-5351 Bickford Cottage of Battle Creek

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