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  in group living facilities that don’t have to be done at home. The way things are cleaned may require industrial cleaners with strong smells, there may be no carpet in many areas for ease of cleaning, and doors may not lock in some cases.
5. Self Determination – You’ve spent the majority of your life working so retire- ment should be about doing what you want. Staying at home allows seniors to be more independent and make their own decisions on a variety of topics. Even with live-in or occasional in-home help, you’re in charge of scheduling activities instead of a nursing home or assisted living situation where you must comply with a group schedule.
The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 dealt with reducing neglect in nursing homes, but that legislation only afforded basic rights such as the right to nutrition. The regulations surrounding Medicare and Medicaid apply many other standards but still offer loopholes to older facilities that would directly impact someone’s comfort. For example, under the latest long-term care facility rules, only new facilities or newly certified facilities have to provide a bath- room with a sink and commode in all resi- dential rooms.
familiar sights, sounds, and smells to help keep you connected cognitively.
4. Aging in Place Strengthens Your Social Network – Aging in place allows seniors to keep their current social network and expand upon it. It not only allows seniors to stay near current friends, but it gives them the freedom to host social events if they prefer.
Because many communities have vibrant and active senior centers, vol- unteer opportunities, and other senior groups, seniors often find that their social circle expands dramatically with older active adults as they reach the age to join the senior center groups and activities.
Many seniors find that it is simpler to eat out rather than cook at home and this gives another avenue of social connection. Most communities have local restaurants that offer senior discounts, making eating out more affordable. Also, with the obesity rate for seniors age 65 to 74 being 40 percent, social activities can help you stay active to benefit your health and your weight.
In some group living situations, there are restrictions on visitors and mealtimes. Aging in place allows you to maintain control over your environment as well. Remodeling, repainting, rearranging furniture, redecorat- ing, or even controlling the thermostat are things that might not be possible in other living situations.
3. Aging in Place Helps Slow the Advancement of Memory Loss – Loss of memory is a scary prospect for many as they age and being moved into a new environ- ment, particularly an institutional environ- ment, can worsen the progression of memory loss. Because of the increased social network connections and being able to keep your cur- rent social network that comes with staying in your community, a decrease in cognitive function can be slowed.
Especially for seniors who only need occasional help, aging in place is the best way to maintain independence and freedom. Even when some help is needed, aging in place lets you choose who will help and how they will help. This can be especially important when getting help with things like finances where it is vital to make sure that the person helping has your best interests in mind.
 One study found that seniors with “fre- quent” social activity contact saw a 70 per- cent reduction in cognitive decline when compared with more isolated individuals.
Publisher’s note: There may come a time when the social circle has become limited and the home becomes more challenging
to manage. A new network that comes with rightsizing to a site that includes indepen- dent or even assisted living might be just what is needed to eliminate isolation and other conditions that might lead to unneces- sary decline. For those that need to consider a change or are looking to be proactive the 2020 Senior Housing Directory can be a big help. Check it out at https://scenepub.com and click on the cover image.
 There is also benefit to the familiarity
of your surroundings helping to trigger memory. Smell is one of the most powerful memory facilitators for example, and stud- ies have shown that in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, smells increase memory recall. Staying in your own home helps ensure
    SENIOR TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES
 ORGANIZATION
Alamo Transportation
Alpha Medical Transport
Battle Creek Tele-Transit
Battle Creek Transit - Fixed Route
Community Action Senior Transportation
JTC Transportation Service LLC
Mobility 1 Transportation
JNZ Transportation
AREA
Calhoun & Jackson Counties
Battle Creek Area
Battle Creek Area
Battle Creek
Calhoun County- Battle Creek
Calhoun County Area
Southern Michigan
Michigan
SERVICE CONDITIONS
Door-to-Door Service
Fixed Routes
Origination To Destination
Within 150 miles
Will Travel Out Of Michigan
PHONE
(517) 494-0029
(844) 895-4809
(269) 966-3474
(269) 966-3474
(269) 565-4144
(269) 339-6928
(269) 430-5055
(517) 879-0978
HOURS
M-F, 7am-5pm
By Appointment
M-F, 5:15am-mid- night, Sat, 9:15am-5pm
M-F, 5:15am-6:45pm, Some Routes Sat, 9:15am-5pm
M-F, 8am-4:30pm
Daily 6am-8pm
By Appointment
7-days, 6am-6pm
COST
Bills Medicare/Medicad
Arranged through individual health insurance plans; direct pay not accepted
$2 one-way for senior/disabled, Personal attendants ride free, $7 adults ($5 after 6:45pm)
$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
Wheelchair $45+$2/mile, Ambulatory $30+$2/mile
NOTES
Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
Reservation Needed, 10 punch pass for $20, 20 punches for $40
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
 Albion Marshall Connector
Marshall, Ablion
Curb-To-Curb
(269) 781-3975 or (517) 654-3000
M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm
$1 one way for seniors, 60+; disabled & children 6-12, $2 adults/children 13+
 Must have exact change, can receive tokens for future trips if you overpay
  Area Wide Transportation
Southern Michigan
(269) 679-6999
Available 24 hours/ day
Bills Medicare/Medicad
 Rider responsible for any costs not covered
BC Go
Battle Creek
(269) 966-3474
Sat. night all day Sun.
$5 - $15
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
 Senior Transportation, DC Services LLC
 Michigan, Northern IN
  (517) 677-9262
 By Appointment
 $0.50/mile
  Starting from Tekonsha
 Details subject to change.To have your senior transportation added or changes to your listing, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1479 ext. 302 or ssherban@scenepub.com.
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