As we age, so does our vision. In addition to aging, you may experience lower vision due to diagnoses such as Diabetes, Hypertension, or Macular Degeneration. Don’t worry, no matter what is causing issues with vision, there are tools, modifications, and techniques that can help you navigate everyday activities easier as your vision changes.  Sometimes…

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Did you know your Medicare coverage includes an annual wellness check up visit?  Only a small percentage of Medicare recipients use their annual wellness visit benefit. The annual wellness visit is not a physical exam. You’ll fill out a questionnaire called a “Health Risk Assessment” at this visit.  Answering the questions helps you and your…

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In 2016 the idea of a senior center in the Marshall area was just a dream. Through the efforts of local seniors and key partners, that dream became a reality when Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center opened in July 2017 with a mission to provide a gathering place for older adults to socialize, learn, and…

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From the Active Daily Living Newsletter Many aging Americans can have their vision dimmed by cataracts, but the good news is that they’re easily treated, one expert says. By age 80, half of Americans either have cataracts or have had surgery to remove them, according to Dr. Waid Blackstone, an ophthalmologist at University of Alabama…

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Below are several strategies you can use to reduce your prescription costs, without rationing or not taking your prescription. Rationing, which means reducing the amount you take is NOT advised.  Annual Open Enrollment plan comparisons: MMAP counselors give free unbiased help. The “Extra Help” Program: This low income subsidy program reduces your drug plan insurance…

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Life is a journey. Most people make multiple downsizing moves in their lifetimes–from a large family home to a smaller one, to an apartment, to a retirement community, then to a care facility or the home of a family member. Each kind of move entails its own challenges. There are three categories of questions we…

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Summer is pretty fantastic in Michigan. Not only do we have wonderful weather, but there are lots of walking paths, outdoor activities, and beautiful lakes to admire. In addition to all those wonderful things, Michigan’s summer produce is pretty great as well.  Whether you have your own little garden, you visit the summer farmer’s markets…

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Living independently is important for many individuals. There are many types of devices that can help you maintain your independence as your ability changes. Assistive Technology does not have to be costly or high tech. There are simple devices that can be used to ease daily activities, such as using rubber gloves to take a…

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ALBION, Mich. – Effective Tuesday, July 6, 2021, the Forks Senior Center (FSC) will reopen to the public. Masks will be required for the month of July. We are not requiring everyone to have a vaccination, but we are asking who has been vaccinated for our own data collection. Once we know 80% of our…

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If you are like me, your vehicle is just a mode of transportation that takes you from point A to point B. I know to change the oil and rotate my tires, but how often should that be done and what else am I missing?  Since getting a new (to me) car six months ago,…

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