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 appetite. Help might be available. You might need to talk with a trained professional.
products. Your doctor can do tests to learn whether or not you do indeed need to limit or avoid foods with lactose when you eat. If so, talk to your healthcare provider about how
 Maybe you are not sad, but just can’t eat very much. Changes to your body as you age can cause some people to feel full sooner than they did when younger. Or lack of appe- tite might be the side effect of a medicine you are taking. Your doctor might be able to suggest a different drug.
to meet your calcium and vitamin D needs. Even lactose-intolerant people might be able to have small amounts of milk when taken with food. There are non-dairy food sources of calcium, lactose-free milk and milk prod- ucts, calcium- and vitamin D-fortified foods, and supplements.
Try being more physically active. In addi- tion to all the other benefits of exercise and physical activity, it may make you hungrier.
Sometimes physical challenges can make eating difficult as well. Conditions resulting from Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or arthritis can make it harder for you to cook or feed yourself. Your doctor might recommend an occupational therapist. He or she might sug- gest rearranging things in your kitchen, make a custom splint for your hand, or give you special exercises to strengthen your muscles.
If you aren’t hungry because food just isn’t appealing, there are ways to make it more interesting. Make sure your foods are seasoned well, but not with extra salt. Try using lemon juice, vinegar, or herbs to boost the flavor of your food.
losing weight but don’t need to, your doctor might suggest a protein nutrition supplement. Sometimes these supplements help under- nourished people gain a little weight. If so, they should be used as snacks between meals or after dinner, not in place of a meal and
Vary the shape, color, and texture of foods you eat. When you go shopping, look for a new vegetable, fruit, or seafood you haven’t tried before or one you haven’t eaten in a while. Sometimes grocery stores have recipe cards near items. Or ask the produce staff or meat or seafood department staff for sugges- tions about preparing the new food. You can also find recipes online.
not right before one. Ask your doctor how to choose a supplement.
Devices like special utensils and plates might make mealtime easier or help with food preparation. You can search the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ AbleData assistive technology website for information on products designed to make it easier for people to do things on their own. Or call 1-800-227-0216 (toll-free) to learn more.
Foods that are overcooked tend to have less flavor. Try cooking or steaming your vegetables for a shorter time, and see if that gives them a crunch that will help spark your interest.
Do you avoid some foods because they are hard to chew? People who have prob- lems with their teeth or dentures often avoid eating meat, fruits, or vegetables and might miss out on important nutrients. If you are having trouble chewing, see your dentist to check for problems. If you wear dentures, the dentist can check how they fit.
If you aren’t eating enough calories, add snacks throughout the day to help. Raw veg- etables with hummus, low-fat cheese and whole grain crackers, a piece of fruit, unsalt- ed nuts, or peanut butter are good examples. You can try putting shredded low-fat cheese on your soup or popcorn or sprinkling nuts or wheat germ on yogurt or cereal. These will add nutrients as well.
If food seems to get stuck in your throat, it might be that less saliva in your mouth
is making it hard for you to swallow your food. Or, there may be other reasons you are having trouble swallowing your food, includ- ing problems with the muscles or nerves in your throat, problems with your esophagus, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Talk to your doctor about what might be causing your swallowing issues.
For more information on healthy eating:
Choose My Plate, www.choosemyplate.gov.
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center National Agricultural Library 1-301-504-5414
fnic@ars.usda.gov www.nal.usda.gov/fnic
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
1-703-305-7600
www.cnpp.usda.gov
If you are eating so little that you are
Are you lactose intolerant? Some older people have uncomfortable stomach and intestinal symptoms after they have dairy
    SENIOR TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES
 ORGANIZATION
Aequitas
Albion Marshall Connector
Area Wide Transportation
Battle Creek Transit - Fixed Route
Community Action Senior Transportation
JTC Transportation Service LLC
Mobility 1 Transportation
Senior Transportation, DC Services LLC
AREA
Battle Creek
Marshall, Ablion
Southern Michigan
Battle Creek
Calhoun County- Battle Creek
Calhoun County Area
Southern Michigan
Michigan, Northern IN
SERVICE CONDITIONS
Curb-To-Curb
Fixed Routes
Origination To Destination
Within 150 miles
Will Travel Out Of Michigan
PHONE
(269) 441-5387
(269) 781-3975 or (517) 654-3000
(269) 679-6999
(269) 966-3474
(269) 565-4144
(269) 339-6928
(269) 430-5055
(517) 677-9262
HOURS
M-F, 7am-12midnight
M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm
Available 24 hours/ day
M-F, 5:15am-6:45pm, Some Routes Sat, 9:15am-5pm
M-F, 8am-4:30pm
Daily 6am-8pm
By Appointment
By Appointment
COST
$7 one-way
$1 one way for seniors, 60+; disabled & children 6-12, $2 adults/children 13+
Bills Medicare/Medicad
$0.60 seniors
$1 suggested cost share per ride, funded by Senior Millage
Wheelchair $35+$1.50/mile after 20miles, Ambulatory $25+$1.50/ mile after 20miles
Can bill some Medicad plans
$0.50/mile
NOTES
Must have exact change, can receive tokens for future trips if you overpay
Rider responsible for any costs not covered
Must have exact change, 12 punch pass for $6, 48 punches for $24
Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
10-15% Disc for ambulatory frequency
Starting from Tekonsha
  Alamo Transportation
Calhoun & Jackson Counties
(517) 494-0029
M-F, 7am-5pm
Bills Medicare/Medicad
  Alpha Medical Transport
Battle Creek Area
(844) 895-4809
By Appointment
Arranged through individual health insurance plans; direct pay not accepted
 Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
 Battle Creek Tele-Transit
Battle Creek Area
Door-to-Door Service
(269) 966-3474
M-F, 5:15am-mid- night, Sat, 9:15am-5pm
$2 one-way for senior/disabled, Personal attendants ride free, $7 adults ($5 after 6:45pm)
Reservation Needed, 10 punch pass for $20, 20 punches for $40
Branch Area Transit Authority
Branch County
Curb-To-Curb
(517) 278-5889
Daily
Half Fare for Handicapped & Senior Citizens Over 60
 Weekly Subscriptions Available
 Community Action Senior Transportation
Calhoun County- Albion
Origination To Destination
(269) 565-4144
M,T,W,F, 9am-2:30pm
$1 suggested cost share per ride, funded by Senior Millage
 Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
 Marshall Dial-A-Ride
Marshall
(269) 781-3975
M-F, 7am-6pm
$1.50 one-way for seniors, 60+, disabled, children 5-12, $3.00 adults/children 13+
Free on Wed for seniors, age 60 and over
 Ready Ride Transportation
Michigan
(616) 261-2400
By Appointment
Contact for Rates
 10% Discount for Veterans
 Details subject to change.To have your senior transportation added or changes to your listing, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1412 ext. 302 or ssherban@wwthayne.com.
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