“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” – Plato  This hasn’t been the greatest year for us, our community, our nation, or the world. We are doing our best to deal with this pandemic and support one another through these difficult and trying times. Volunteering has taken a real hit. It…

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Making resolutions for the new year is an annual tradition for many. Unfortunately, breaking resolutions also seems to be a bit of a tradition for many people, as the year gets busier. That doesn’t have to be the case with the help of GetSetUp, an online learning platform for seniors!  GetSetUp is a website designed…

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The pandemic has challenged us in ways we could not imagine just seven months ago. We all know that companionship is important for our mental and physical wellbeing. Companionship is gold; it is the best of personal interactions. Companionship has been put at a premium in the pandemic when so many are living alone. We…

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The holiday season is often a time to spend with family, friends, and loved ones, some we may not get to see regularly. However, this year, family gatherings present a risk, especially to older loved ones or those with pre-existing conditions that put them at higher risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t be too discouraged!…

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Watch your mail for your New Part D insurance cards. December 7, 2020, is the final day of 2021 Open Enrollment for Medicare Prescription Drug Part D and Medicare Advantage with Part D. Changes made will be effective beginning January 1, 2021.   Persons who enrolled or made changes to their plan choices during the October…

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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…

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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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