by Jen Rice, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator Fighting cancer is a team effort that involves family, friends, and your care team. Don’t underestimate the strength that can come from having your support network by your side. Three out of four newly diagnosed patients say that they remember or understand little of what their healthcare team…

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CareWell Services’ Friendly Phone Reassurance Program is back! This program exists to connect older adults who live alone, are homebound, or just need someone to talk to with caring and compassionate volunteers. Each participant will receive regular phone calls at a scheduled time from trained volunteers. The program’s goal is to combat social isolation and…

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from Active Daily Living Everyone knows cleaner air means healthier bodies, but new research suggests it might also help aging minds. “Our study is important because it is one of the first to show that reducing air pollution over time may benefit the brain health of older women by decreasing their likelihood of developing dementia,” said study…

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Do you know the differences between a Medigap Medicare Supplemental Insurance and Medicare Advantage Insurance?  Page 5 of your annual Medicare and You Handbook has a graphic showing the differences in the two “paths” of Medicare…pay up front or pay as you go. Those who choose Original Medicare with a Medigap policy as secondary insurance…

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by Jen Ozolins Rice Aging is an inevitable journey for everyone. Maintaining a positive attitude, feeling good about yourself, keeping fit and healthy, and seeing each day as an opportunity for adventure and learning are a few of the keys to help make the rest of your life meaningful. Focusing your mindset on happiness and…

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Recently, we have received a number of reports of door-to-door solicitors trying to sign people up for Medicare plans. Some have even gone so far as to attempt to disparage our Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP), saying we leave people confused and uncertain.  We want seniors and those who support seniors to know about these folks…

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CareWell Services Southwest has granted $1 million to local organizations to support growth, innovation, expansion and improvement of aging and disability services in Barry and Calhoun counties. Individual grants ranged from $5,000 to $250,000. The Innovations in Action Special Project Fund was a one-time grant opportunity created out of CareWell Services’ Strategic Framework. The Policy…

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Decluttering your living space is a popular resolution for the new year.  This can be a worthy goal regardless of whether you are a hoarder or not.  Over time, we all accumulate stuff; many things tucked away that we forget we possess.  Do you have a method to deal with your mess?  Do you feel…

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Forks Senior Center is launching a new SilverSneakers Yoga class on Wednesdays at 10:30am. Forks Senior Center’s fitness consultant Kate Pawlukiewicz is a certified instructor for Silver Sneakers® as well as their Yoga program. Kate shares information about the classes. “You will move through seated and standing yoga poses to increase flexibility, balance and range…

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Jen Ozolins Rice, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, CareWell Services Southwest To help combat loneliness and depression among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, we are working on a pilot program to distribute over 50 interactive robotic cats and dogs to those most at-risk for social isolation.  These pets allow older adults to receive…

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