There are presently more than 90 million Americans who care for family members, friends, or loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or frailties of old age, according to the Caregiver Action Network.  Caring for someone that has Alzheimer’s, dementia, or chronic illness can be one of the most difficult roles that a person can…

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Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plan Open Enrollment phone appointments are available at local MMAP Offices: CareWell Services SW at 800-803-7174, for Battle Creek area Calhoun County Office of Senior Services at 269-781-0846 for Marshall area Forks Senior Center at 517-629-3842 for Albion and surrounding area Albion Healthcare Alliance at 517-629-5080 in Albion Barry…

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Alternative and complementary therapies have been around for ages to improve one’s mental health. There are many alternative and complementary therapies available that many people find useful. Complementary therapies are used in conjunction with conventional medicines or treatments, while alternative therapies are used instead of conventional medicines or treatments.  Options of alternative or complementary therapies…

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Medication Management can be a challenge at any age. There are tools and resources available to help.  Be a Savvy Shopper (Know Your Insurance)! Medicare beneficiaries can call their local State Health Insurance Information Program (SHIP), which is called MMAP in Michigan. The Acronym stands for Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program.  MMAP counselors will use the…

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Six Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving From the National Institute on Aging Anyone who is caring for a friend, relative or parent from far away can be considered a long-distanced caregiver. Whether you are helping with finances, arranging for care, or providing emotional support, long-distance caregiving can bring a host of unique challenges. Keep these tips…

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With cases of COVID-19 surging in Calhoun County, CareWell Services, the Region 3b Area Agency on Aging for Calhoun County, urges seniors to continue and increase their efforts to remain safe.  “It is one of the hardest things we have ever been asked to do during a time when we really do need each other,”…

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It is easy to get lost in the noise of television, social media, and everything going on around us. You are not alone in this. No matter what situation you find yourself in, remember that taking care of yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally plays a big part in your overall health.  Ongoing stress makes us…

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from The Calhoun County League of Women Voters of Kalamazoo Area Given the spread of Covid in Calhoun County, it is wise to have a voting plan outside of voting at the polls. The Calhoun County League of Women Voters Kalamazoo Area, along with several other organizations throughout the State of Michigan site (www.mi.gov/vote), are…

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Due to the continued efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) of CareWell Services Southwest will not offer face-to-face benefits counseling initially during open enrollment. The MMAP program provides education and benefits counseling to empower Michigan’s older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers to make informed health benefit…

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If you are feeling isolated and alone, don’t wait for others to reach out and call you, call someone today. Find a way to check in with other friends or family members. It doesn’t matter what you discuss, just let them know how you are doing. Reaching out can be a restorative  and therapeutic act.…

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There are presently more than 90 million Americans who care for family members, friends, or loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or frailties of old age, according to the Caregiver Action Network.  Caring for someone that has Alzheimer’s, dementia, or chronic illness can be one of the most difficult roles that a person can…

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Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plan Open Enrollment phone appointments are available at local MMAP Offices: CareWell Services SW at 800-803-7174, for Battle Creek area Calhoun County Office of Senior Services at 269-781-0846 for Marshall area Forks Senior Center at 517-629-3842 for Albion and surrounding area Albion Healthcare Alliance at 517-629-5080 in Albion Barry…

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Alternative and complementary therapies have been around for ages to improve one’s mental health. There are many alternative and complementary therapies available that many people find useful. Complementary therapies are used in conjunction with conventional medicines or treatments, while alternative therapies are used instead of conventional medicines or treatments.  Options of alternative or complementary therapies…

Read more

Medication Management can be a challenge at any age. There are tools and resources available to help.  Be a Savvy Shopper (Know Your Insurance)! Medicare beneficiaries can call their local State Health Insurance Information Program (SHIP), which is called MMAP in Michigan. The Acronym stands for Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program.  MMAP counselors will use the…

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Six Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving From the National Institute on Aging Anyone who is caring for a friend, relative or parent from far away can be considered a long-distanced caregiver. Whether you are helping with finances, arranging for care, or providing emotional support, long-distance caregiving can bring a host of unique challenges. Keep these tips…

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With cases of COVID-19 surging in Calhoun County, CareWell Services, the Region 3b Area Agency on Aging for Calhoun County, urges seniors to continue and increase their efforts to remain safe.  “It is one of the hardest things we have ever been asked to do during a time when we really do need each other,”…

Read more

It is easy to get lost in the noise of television, social media, and everything going on around us. You are not alone in this. No matter what situation you find yourself in, remember that taking care of yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally plays a big part in your overall health.  Ongoing stress makes us…

Read more

from The Calhoun County League of Women Voters of Kalamazoo Area Given the spread of Covid in Calhoun County, it is wise to have a voting plan outside of voting at the polls. The Calhoun County League of Women Voters Kalamazoo Area, along with several other organizations throughout the State of Michigan site (www.mi.gov/vote), are…

Read more

Due to the continued efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) of CareWell Services Southwest will not offer face-to-face benefits counseling initially during open enrollment. The MMAP program provides education and benefits counseling to empower Michigan’s older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers to make informed health benefit…

Read more

If you are feeling isolated and alone, don’t wait for others to reach out and call you, call someone today. Find a way to check in with other friends or family members. It doesn’t matter what you discuss, just let them know how you are doing. Reaching out can be a restorative  and therapeutic act.…

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