Studies have shown that seniors with untreated hearing and vision loss reported a lower quality of life than those whose hearing and vision loss has been treated with hearing aids and eyeglasses. Hearing and vision loss can add to the perception that an older person is “slow” or is losing their faculties, which is usually…

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Traditions create memories for our children and instill life values. Traditions help give people a sense of belonging and identity. Traditions offer a sense of security, especially for older loved ones.  Seniors have traditions that date back to their youth, many of which were passed down through the generations. When celebrating with seniors, make sure…

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There are many ways to provide care for a loved one, all take time, love, devotion and energy. Caregivers are sometimes hard to spot as many do not identify as such. Anyone who provides assistance with activities of daily living for someone else is a caregiver. All caregivers deserve our gratitude and respect. It is…

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Forks Senior Center (FSC) offers a phone reassurance program. The purpose of the program is to assist homebound seniors who desire to remain in an independent setting by having someone check with them on a regular basis. The program offers contact with a caring volunteer, as well as the opportunity to learn about local resources…

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On November 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Annual Medicare rates are adjusted according to the Social Security Act. The standard Medicare Part B monthly premium will be $144.60 for 2020, up $9.10 from…

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AARP research consistently finds that the vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible The AARP HomeFit Guide was created to help people stay in the homes they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and…

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The Lions Club of District 11-B1 and CareWell Services Southwest are partnering to provide diabetes testing supplies and education to seniors in Calhoun and Barry counties just in time for World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2019. The Lions Club is donating over $5,000 in supplies to CareWell Services, including an A1C test kit for…

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CareWell Services Southwest, the Area Agency on Aging covering Calhoun and Barry counties, recently received recognition from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with a 2019 Aging Innovations Award, the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies. The awards program is supported by WellCare Health Plans. CareWell Services was among the…

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Do you make insurance decisions for a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary? Filing proper forms with government agencies will save you lots of frustration!  For Medicare, you need legal authorization anytime you’re acting on behalf of a beneficiary. You can’t enroll another person in Medicare, a Prescription Drug Plan, or a Medicare Advantage Plan–even your spouse–unless…

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July is National Recreation and Park month! I want to tell you about a best-kept secret right here in Calhoun County: the Calhoun County Trailway. This is one “secret” you should be sure to tell all your friends!  The Calhoun County Trailway system has been in existence for 16 years. During that time, the trails…

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Studies have shown that seniors with untreated hearing and vision loss reported a lower quality of life than those whose hearing and vision loss has been treated with hearing aids and eyeglasses. Hearing and vision loss can add to the perception that an older person is “slow” or is losing their faculties, which is usually…

Read more

Traditions create memories for our children and instill life values. Traditions help give people a sense of belonging and identity. Traditions offer a sense of security, especially for older loved ones.  Seniors have traditions that date back to their youth, many of which were passed down through the generations. When celebrating with seniors, make sure…

Read more

There are many ways to provide care for a loved one, all take time, love, devotion and energy. Caregivers are sometimes hard to spot as many do not identify as such. Anyone who provides assistance with activities of daily living for someone else is a caregiver. All caregivers deserve our gratitude and respect. It is…

Read more

Forks Senior Center (FSC) offers a phone reassurance program. The purpose of the program is to assist homebound seniors who desire to remain in an independent setting by having someone check with them on a regular basis. The program offers contact with a caring volunteer, as well as the opportunity to learn about local resources…

Read more

On November 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Annual Medicare rates are adjusted according to the Social Security Act. The standard Medicare Part B monthly premium will be $144.60 for 2020, up $9.10 from…

Read more

AARP research consistently finds that the vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible The AARP HomeFit Guide was created to help people stay in the homes they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and…

Read more

The Lions Club of District 11-B1 and CareWell Services Southwest are partnering to provide diabetes testing supplies and education to seniors in Calhoun and Barry counties just in time for World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2019. The Lions Club is donating over $5,000 in supplies to CareWell Services, including an A1C test kit for…

Read more

CareWell Services Southwest, the Area Agency on Aging covering Calhoun and Barry counties, recently received recognition from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with a 2019 Aging Innovations Award, the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies. The awards program is supported by WellCare Health Plans. CareWell Services was among the…

Read more

Do you make insurance decisions for a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary? Filing proper forms with government agencies will save you lots of frustration!  For Medicare, you need legal authorization anytime you’re acting on behalf of a beneficiary. You can’t enroll another person in Medicare, a Prescription Drug Plan, or a Medicare Advantage Plan–even your spouse–unless…

Read more

July is National Recreation and Park month! I want to tell you about a best-kept secret right here in Calhoun County: the Calhoun County Trailway. This is one “secret” you should be sure to tell all your friends!  The Calhoun County Trailway system has been in existence for 16 years. During that time, the trails…

Read more