October is National Fire Prevention Month. The goal of Fire Prevention Month is to raise fire safety awareness, and help ensure everyone’s home and family is protected.  On October 6, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Tekonsha Fire Station and Calhoun County Senior Services will host a Senior Health and Safety Day. The…

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From October 15 through December 7, you can compare, verify, and change your medication coverage for the 2023 year.  There may have been changes to your plan that you want to check on. Keep an eye out for mailings coming from your current insurance company as they are required to notify you of coverage and…

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I have been involved in senior activities and programming for nine years. Encouraging older adults to move, live their best lives, and seek joy is my passion. Beginning this month, I will be offering WERQ classes at Kool Family Community Center and Heritage Commons Senior Center through CareWell Services of Southwest Michigan. The CareWell Team…

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Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans with Prescription Coverage runs October 15 to Dec 7 annually.  Each September, Medicare beneficiaries are mailed important information from their current drug plan, called an Annual Notice of Change Letter (ANOC). This letter tells you what costs will be changing with your…

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Our BeWell Programs are great ways to stay active and fit while having fun! We’re happy to introduce our new BeWell Activities Coordinator, Colleen. To let you get to know her, we asked her a few questions. You can read her responses below. Fun fact: I am an ordained minister by the Universal Life Church.…

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Seniors are at increased risk for being targets of scams and financial exploitation, the theft of money, property, or belongings. Scammers see seniors as safer targets because they often have a steady income and limited experience with technology if they are being targeted over the phone or computer. Additionally, age can bring cognitive impairments that…

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The CareWell Services Calhoun and Barry County Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program team received awards at the first post-pandemic MMAP Statewide Recognition event, held July 20, 2022 in Lansing.  Awards for the number of hours served, going “Above and Beyond” to support beneficiaries and their communities, and Volunteer of the Year were presented. Local winners included…

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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 2022 through September 2025, the agency is accepting Request for Proposal (RFP) applications from organizations interested in applying for grants for…

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From CareWell’s Active Daily Living Newsletter Getting a COVID-19 booster shot can significantly increase an at-risk person’s immunity and protect against the contagious Omicron variant. New research focusing on nursing home residents and their caregivers found a third dose of vaccine boosted antibodies by more than 85%, with high levels of Omicron-specific immunity. The study…

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Each year in the fall Forks Senior Center collaborates with the Albion NAACP to collect school supplies for a back-to-school event and backpack giveaway for the students at Harrington Elementary. Supplies are collected by the Senior Center and then picked up and sorted into each backpack. At this year’s back-to-school event on August 22, students…

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BATTLE CREEK, MI (August 2, 2022)––The Policy Board of Directors for CareWell Services Southwest have officially approved Stacy Wines as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, as of August 1, 2022.  “The Board of Directors of CareWell is delighted to appoint Stacy Wines as the CEO,” said Stephan…

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There are a lot of “little things” you can do to prevent falls and stay safe at home.  Falls are a big factor in hospitalizations and permanent, detrimental health issues. Here are some simple tips to make your home a safer place to be: No area rugs! Rugs require you to pick up your feet…

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Living life with chronic conditions is like trying to walk through a revolving door in a hamster’s wheel! Six in ten Americans live with at least one chronic disease, like heart disease and stroke, cancer, or diabetes. Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities…

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Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week (held annually on the third week of April) is a time to celebrate volunteers, recognize their impact, and encourage volunteerism in our communities. Community-based organizations across the country celebrate National Volunteer Week as a way to recognize “the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges.”  Volunteering has social, mental,…

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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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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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