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Senior Times - March 2020
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  By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher
 Caregiving comes with a host of challenges ranging from increased stress and challenges regarding per- sonal health to time management and dealing with siblings, and that’s all about you, the caregiver. Then there are the challenges of provid- ing care and interacting with your loved one who is needing your help on this journey. If your loved one is also experiencing one of the forms of dementia, communication can
Beyond the database, families can purchase the Personal I.D. bracelet or nugget, which includes the infor- mation above and more. The next step in the product line is the G.P.S. Safe Return Personal I.D. watch.
In either case, we recommend that the caregiver wear the Personal
I.D. bracelet or nugget so that law enforcement knows if a loved one needs help when a caregiver experi- ences an emergency.
      be frustrated and layers of guilt are often added to the equation of care. If you cannot keep all the plates spinning a crash is eminent, which might end up with you, the caregiv- er, in the hospital. Others experience caregiver burnout or compassion fatigue.
Miles for Memories has been working diligently to develop pro- grams for both the person living with dementia and also their caregiver. The programs work to either create peace of mind, better time manage- ment that yields enjoyable respite time, ways to interact that celebrates all the things your loved one can still do, and often there is overlap.
The Help Home Program is designed to help bring your loved one with dementia home as quickly as possible if they happen to wander off. It is one more step in helping to bring a lost loved one home safely and quickly. More than 900 person- al I.D. products are being worn in Calhoun County. Come and get fitted or registered April 8 at the Calhoun County Senior Fair in Marshall.
 Miles for Memories is led by an entirely volunteer group of the most dedicated individuals I have had
the pleasure of working with. It is through their tireless commitment that we have been able to make a difference in the lives of individuals with dementia, as well as their care- givers.
The good news is that because of a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) Miles for Memories will be able to make these products available across the state of Michigan. Call (269) 979-1412 ext. 305 for more details.
Of most significance is the Help Home program including a registry and products that are designed to bring a loved one back home. The Help Home program is for anyone with dementia as well as their care- giver.
Another new program this year
is the emergency respite program. Funds for this program come in part from the Rock-A-Thon event held at the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. The public is invited to
the next event on Friday, May 15, 9am-7:30pm.
for all your electrical, heating & cooling needs
The information contained in
the database managed by the 9-1-1 Calhoun County Consolidated dis- patch system will include the indi- vidual, their most current photo, their current and previous living address, contact information for loved ones, and any additional information that might be important such as a medical condition that might require medical care.
Over the past seven years we have been able to reach out to provide nearly $50,000 to sup-
port local research programs. One such program will be presented on Wednesday April 22 as Scott Counts, Ph.D. will focus on what is new in the field of research, diagnosis, and treatment of dementia. Also present- ing will be Dr. Graham Adkin, and the role that education plays in pre- paring our future physicians that will be directing diagnosis and treatment. Both Dr. Counts and Dr. Adkin rep- resent Michigan State University.
   Once a loved one has been regis- tered in the system that information can be immediately accessed by emergency responders in the County. Law enforcement officers from the Michigan State Police to the individ- ual cities can access the record from the computers in their vehicles.
Come and join us to learn more and to ask a researcher your ques- tions directly. This program is free
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fresh, new lights, and new truths to enter.”~ Amit Ray
223 North Bedford Rd.
Battle Creek, MI 49037

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