Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, d/b/a CareWell Services Southwest, will hold an electronic Public Hearing through Zoom, to seek input from the public about the needs of and available services for seniors in Barry and Calhoun counties as a part of its Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) with the Michigan Aging &…

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CareWell Services Southwest is working in partnership with USDA Farmers, the Food Bank Council, and food hubs in Barry and Calhoun counties to distribute 600 boxes of fresh food to local seniors experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The boxes will be provided by Van Eerden Foodservice and will be filled with locally-grown products.…

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CareWell Services Southwest has collaborated with Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) to raise awareness on how Assistive Technology can foster independence. The collaborative effort is called the Michigan Assistive Technology Program (MATP). CareWell works with MDRC to provide education about Assistive Technology and how it can support independence to individuals throughout Southwest Michigan in Barry,…

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CareWell Services Southwest, the area agency on aging for Calhoun and Barry counties, has set new screening criteria to refocus their Food and Basic Needs Program during COVID-19, due to demand beyond its capacity. The program’s primary mission is to help seniors avoid infection by supporting them as they shelter in place, and to support…

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The cities of Albion, Battle Creek, and Springfield have extended the deadline to file local income taxes to Friday, July 31. This is in line with the governor’s executive order 2020-26, which extends state income tax and city income tax filing and payment deadlines, which match the federal income tax deadline extension. The new deadlines…

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CareWell Services has launched a volunteer HouseCalls Telephone Reassurance Program to help seniors stay connected during the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting stay at home order. The program provides a contact by telephone with a volunteer one-to-three times per week, offering an easy way for seniors to request help if needed. “The call is intended first…

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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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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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Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury for adults over the age of 65? One in four older adults fall every year. These falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and other injuries. For many, the fear of falling becomes greater during aging, and this fear can lead to reduced…

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Summer is upon us, and with it there is an increase of vehicle and foot traffic in our neighborhoods. Some of this traffic is likely to be solicitors, and even scammers, so it’s important to be aware of the signs so we can avoid scams. Seniors, specifically, are targeted by scammers. Older adults may be…

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Yesterday U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced bipartisan legislation that would direct federal agencies to set national standards for healthy aging and creating age-friendly communities.   The Age-Friendly Communities Act would amend the Older Americans Act by requiring departments across the federal government to develop a national set of goals on…

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Spring is here, and while the warmer weather is very welcome, it tends to bring with it door-to-door scammers posing as contractors promising affordable home improvements. Unfortunately, these types of scams are on the rise, but knowing the signs of contractor scams can prevent you from losing a lot of money. Oftentimes, scammers posing as…

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May is Older Americans Month! This year’s theme is Connect, Create, Contribute. During this month, we want to encourage older adults to connect with friends, family, and the community; create by participating in activities that encourage learning, health and enrichment; and contribute to their community by sharing time, wisdom, and life experience. If you are…

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CareWell Services SW, provides services and funding to promote health, independence and choice for seniors, persons with disabilities and their caregivers in Barry and Calhoun counties. As part of its multi-year planning process for October 2019 through September 2022, the agency is accepting Request for Proposal (RFP) applications from organizations interested in applying for three…

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  Michigan MMAP clients seen starting March of 2019 may be subject to a quality improvement survey call. This is not a Medicare scam call! These surveys are funded by our national funder, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the surveys rotate through different states each year.  This year it is Michigan’s turn. Each…

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It seems like every topic, issue, and even food group has their own “National Day” now. Sometimes it can seem silly or over the top, but often these days of recognition remind us of important habits such as keeping your heart healthy or eating a balanced diet. This month, March 14 is National Write Your…

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Becoming a caregiver for a loved one is a role most feel unequipped to fill. Whether it’s for a parent, sibling, spouse, or other friend or family member, becoming a caregiver changes the relationship dynamic and can leave you feeling confused, frustrated, overwhelmed and exhausted. Navigating this journey can feel like you are lost in…

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