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Heritage Commons Adds a Day
By: Kitty Knoll, Manager, Heritage Commons
Senior Times - January 2018
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More People Now Qualify
By: Mary Peterson,
for the Medigap Subsidy!
Program Coordinator,
CareWell Services SW By Karen Manney, Regional
Enroll in our Creating Confident Caregiver Education Class. Class begins January 17 at the Kool Family Community Center. Respite is provided, for more informa- tion and to register, call (269) 968-7343.
Use New Time Management Tools. One of the best orga- nizational tools could be your cell phone. Keep appoint- ments, current medication lists, shopping list, and to do lists at your fingertips.
Plan with Your Loved
One. For what questions to ask, research: 10 Essential Questions to Ask Your Aging Parents.
Get Your Loved One’s Documents in Order. Get must-have documents (i.e. marriage certificates, living wills, military records, etc.) in order.
Educate Yourself about Long-Term Care Costs. Learn what insurance covers. If you’re unsure if your family is financially prepared for an older loved one’s long-term care needs, consider speaking with a professional financial planner.
Help Your Loved One Eat Well. Use technology for ways to help your loved one eat well and enjoy it.
Visit a Senior Community for a lunch or activity. Make a visit to get your loved one’s “toes wet” so to speak.
Get to Know Your Loved One Better. Indulge in their sense of nostalgia and listen to wonderful stories about them- selves and the history of your
Coordinator, MMAP
Family caregivers, in their unique and demanding role, are most likely to need to have their own special set of reso- lutions. Have you made any resolutions to help you as a caregiver? When you visualize goals and imagine success- fully completing them, you are more likely to succeed.
It was only four and a half months ago Heritage Commons (HC) opened. Since that time, we have grown! HC is a partnership between CareWell Services, Oaklawn Hospital, Calhoun County Senior Services, and
the City of Marshall. There is
so much happening that we are adding Mondays starting in January 2018.
We have added another health and wellness activity: Advanced Exercise for All. Also, we are offering soup day every fourth
Monday. Bring soup and share it with others. HC supplies the bread and coffee! We have two presentations on estate planning. Local attorney Diane Housley Peters will share the basics of estate planning. She will discuss what happens to people without wills; explain durable powers
of attorney and designation of
a patient advocate. Attorney Peters will present on Monday, January 8, at 10am for “Donuts with Diane” or on Tuesday, January 23, at 1pm, right after the
congregate lunch.
Attention craft seekers, we
have started Craft Mondays at 10am. Volunteers have wonderful, satisfying winter crafts planned.
As a member benefit, HC is offering member computer time on our internet service.
HC is now open Monday through Thursday from 9am
to 3pm. Come on out to join
us and chase away the winter blues! Please call (269) 558-6150 for questions on any of HC’s programming.
The MI Choice Waiver Program
By: Paulette Porter, Marketing/Outreach Coordinator, CareWell Services SW
Nursing homes used to be the only choice for older adults or disabled persons who needed help caring for themselves. Today you have options.
One program run by CareWell Services Southwest, the local Area Agency on Aging, is the MI Choice Waiver Program. Through this program, eligible adults,
18 and over, who meet income and asset criteria can receive Medicaid-covered services like those provided by nursing homes, but can stay in their own home or another residential setting.
You will work with a nurse or social worker to develop a person- centered plan made especially for you or your loved one. Services that are available to you include:
• Community living supports
• Respite services
• Adult day services
• Home modifications
• Non-medical transportation
• Home Medical supplies and
• Personal Care
• Chore services
• Personal emergency response
• Counseling
• Home delivered meals
• Training in a variety of
independent living skills
• Supports coordination
• Community transition services
CareWell Services Southwest is the local MI Choice Waiver agency, covering Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties.
To find out what services may be available to you, call CareWell Services at 1-800-626-6719. Call us, we’re here to help!
this award recognizing her life- time accomplishment of serving seniors.
Joanne Konkle Recognized
By: Luann Sommers, Director, Forks Senior Center
At the November 29 Forks Senior Center (FSC) Board
of Directors meeting, Joanne Konkle was recognized for her years of service on the Board. Joanne served on the FSC
Board as a representative for the Calhoun County Senior Millage Allocation Committee. Joanne has been a strong advocate for seniors in Calhoun County. In appreciation of her service, the board voted to recognize her by creating an annual Joanne Konkle Membership Scholarship which will be given to an individual to assist them in paying for their membership to FSC.
Joanne served on the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners from 1973 through 1976. In
the early 1980s, while the
Administrator of the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility, Joanne helped write a grant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a specialized geriatric educational training center. The grant was funded and the center later became known as the Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care and Rehabilitation Center.
In August, Joanne was recognized by Calhoun County Senior Services when they created the Joanne Konkle Service Award for Exceptional Life-time Service to Seniors in Calhoun County. This award will be given annually to recognize an individual who has gone above and beyond to provide quality services and advocacy
for seniors in Calhoun County. Joanne was the first recipient of
You can find an expanded
version of this article and more by Jeff Anderson on www.nia/ Posted in Jan 2014.

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