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  The time spent during the stay-at- home has been very interesting. For some, their lives will never be the same; for others, it will all seem to be gone in the glimpse of an eye and hard to remember. There are so many differ- ent emotions that our community has had to face.
For me, I have faced the losses of three incredible men. The fact that you cannot really show your respect in the proper fashion leads me to dedicate this column to them. The journey we have shared was not always easy. One wid- owed with great support from his chil- dren and the two others had wives (care partners) that were just amazing.
Caregiver’s
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  BARRY COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING
Delton Faith United Methodist Church
(269) 579-3918 11:00am-1pm
Friendship Center Locations:
Hastings COA Building:
(269) 948-4856 Mon-Fri 10 am-2pm
Main St. Banquets:
Woodland Eagles Club:
(517) 213-9212 Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pm
(269) 367-4041
Mon, Wed & Fri 10:30am-1pm
• Home Delivered Meals. For homebound seniors that are unable to pre- pare meals, can receive delicious meals at home. Special diets available. • Senior Center Activities including line dancing, card making, beading,
cards, bingo, and many others.
• Senior Meal Choice Dining. Restaurant-based senior dining program. • Chore Service provides minor home repair for seniors.
There are many more activities and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents! Just Call Barry County Commission on Aging for more information.
320 West Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings, MI 49058 Phone: (269) 948-4856 | Fax: (269) 948-3336 E-Mail: bccoa@barrycounty.org | www.barrycounty.org
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Anne Clark, Special to Senior Times BLESSED WITH MEMORIES
they all had such a great outlook on
life and always had a big smile on their faces. When it came to helping others, they would do anything to help. When we needed volunteers to educate any- body, whether it was someone who had a similar diagnosis or a medical student wanting to learn more about being more compassionate.
It is very hard when we lose some- one who has had an impact on our life, but I chose to be grateful for the times we shared and the kindness they always had for others.
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    Being able to share a small part of their journey with them has been a great journey for me. All three had a diagnosis that although not pleasant, was not the worst thing you could have. All three took it in great stride and kept a great outlook on life, while always trying to help someone else.
Knowing they are in a much better place makes this a little easier but it still a toll in our lives, especially since we cannot show respect as we typically would, that makes it ever so difficult.
 For the two that had care partners, it always amazed me at the strength they each had. For them, they just did it.
But for others watching, they were true heroes and allowed their husbands to live as they wanted to live, for as long as they could in their own homes. Once safety became an issue, both wives made the tough decision to allow others to assist with their husband’s lives and care. In my eyes, this is the best gift both could give to the men they loved for many reasons (which I will not go into here). To Val and Beth, I say you are amazing; you did a fantastic job car- ing for your husbands and I am grateful to share in some of your journey.
To the men – Joe, Jim, and Jerry: Thank you for the memories, for your kindness, for always smiling, and allowing me to share the journey with you. Godspeed and rest well my friends.
To the Britvic, Burton, and Hutchison (aka Team Jerry) families please know you all remain in our thoughts and prayers and we are grate- ful to you as well, for sharing your men with us!
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To the men we lost; so much in common, yet they were so unique. I can say this – all their names began with a
J (well the names we used for them);
Anne Clark is the Eldercare Specialist/ Caregiver Coordinator for Senior Health Partners. Programming is offered from 28 Penn Street in Battle Creek.
Publisher’s note: These great men will be missed. To the families, please know that we are thinking of you!
 Legal Advice
  for Seniors
By: Alisa Parker, Managing Attorney
If you wish to speak with an attorney, please call (269) 224-5040.
• Barry County residents call on Wednesday, July 8, between 10:30am-12pm. • Calhoun County residents call on Wednesday, July 22, between 11am-12pm.
The Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Battle Creek office will conduct interviews for legal advice and possible representation, without charge, OVER THE TELEPHONE to interested seniors.
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