by Linda Frost, Chief Clinical Officer Through our Care Management program we work with many caregivers who are working hard to determine what is best for their loved one’s changing needs and abilities. If you are caring for a loved one, don’t forget to take a little time this week to care for yourself as…

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At CareWell Services, we value independence so much it is in our mission: Promoting health, independence, and choice. Independence is something that most of us long for, especially as we age. As our abilities change, it’s important to consider what changes we can make to maintain our independence while also seeking help where needed. One…

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Part D Prescription Plan Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is October 15 through December 7.  This is when you can see 2022 costs, verify coverage of your medicines, and get or switch your Part D or Medicare Advantage plan.  MMAP works by appointments only. MMAP is now setting appointments for open enrollment.  Counseling may be done…

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Forks Senior Center (FSC) reopened its doors on July 6. Members were excited about getting back to see old friends, working out in the Fitness Center, and playing Euchre and Bingo.  FSC requires that all people in the center wear masks unless they are exercising and socially distanced. People entering the center check their temperature…

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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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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 in Barry and Calhoun counties as a part of its Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) with the Michigan Aging & Adult Services Agency. All interested parties are invited…

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Even if you have insurance coverage through current employment, you may still need to make some important Medicare enrollment decisions about Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance) when you are turning 65. It’s important to understand how your current coverage works with Medicare before making any enrollment decisions. If your workplace offers…

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After over a year of restrictions, travel is on many people’s minds. Despite the pandemic, many US travelers are eager to take a vacation, but safely. Safety matters more than ever. What should you expect when you hit the road this summer? Travel will feel different. Americans will be visiting the same places, but in…

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Summer is here and opportunities to get outside our homes and into the community are opening back up. You might find that you are experiencing a little more difficulty getting settled in your vehicle this year. Don’t worry! There are devices out there to make your travels safer and allow independent living while enjoying your…

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Who doesn’t love summertime? Working or lazing in the sun, you can enjoy all the delights that summer has to offer especially if you keep in mind a few tips for sun safety. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, aging skin is more likely to develop skin cancer. In part, this is due to…

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As a caregiver or family member of a person with Alzheimer’s or related dementias, you can take steps to make the home a safer place. Removing hazards and adding safety features around the home can help give your loved one more freedom to move around independently and safely. Try these tips: If you have stairs,…

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