From Senior Services of Southwest Michigan: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our communities and organizations, and Senior Services of Southwest Michigan is no exception. We have experienced an exponential increase in need for many of our essential services. As always, our Senior Services staff and our community has stepped up to…

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On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the Treasury Department announced that qualified individuals receiving Social Security will receive their stimulus payment automatically. This announcement came after some confusion about whether Social Security recipients who did not file tax returns would be required to file additional paperwork to receive the payment. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic…

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As Michigan continues to see the number of COVID-19 cases grow, CareWell Services Southwest, your area agency on aging, has been proactively preparing a response based on the CDC and Governor’s Community Mitigation Strategies.  “Because our seniors are at the highest risk, we mobilized and took early steps toward mitigation. Our main responsibility and priority…

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UPDATE (03/13/2020) – The public hearing scheduled for March 16 has been postponed. A new date is yet to be determined. We will release this information when it is available. Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, d/b/a CareWell Services Southwest, is seeking input from the public about the needs of and available services for seniors…

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The Albion Alumni Association, NAACP, and the Forks Senior Center are hosting a Valentine’s Dance on February 14, 2020, from 7 to 10 pm. The dance is open to area residents, aged 60 and older, and will be held in the cafeteria of the Marshall Opportunity High School (formerly Albion High School) at 225 Watson…

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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…

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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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