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Senior Housing: Understanding Your Options

Friday, March 29th, 2024

Older adults in Michigan have an array of choices when it comes to where they want to live — facilities offer "independent living," "assisted living," and "memory care." Understanding what these senior-living terms mean and what kind of care you or your loved one can expect to receive in each can help when sorting through your options.  Independent Living Independent living communities are designed for seniors who are generally healthy and ...

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LGBTQ+ Older Adults: Creating Access to Care

Tuesday, June 20th, 2023

Watch an interview with AgeWays Resource Center Manager Angela Lippard. Angela talks about how her team works to create a safe and affirming environment that helps LGBTQ+ older adults access care. Watch the video or read the transcript below. Make sure to scroll to the end of the transcript for more resources for LGBTQ+ older adults. Watch the Video   Read the Transcript   Kathleen Yanik: Hi, I'm Kathleen Yanik. I'm the communications manager here ...

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Mental Health: What Older Adults Need to Know

Monday, May 8th, 2023

A study out of the University of Michigan found that people between 65 and 80 years old living in their own homes had an easier time coping with anxiety and other mental health challenges than younger folks during the Covid pandemic. In fact, those findings of the University of Michigan’s Healthy Aging Poll are pretty much the same in non-pandemic times: Older adults adapt better to crisis situations. “It’s resilience, wisdom, the ...

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Advance Directives, DNRs, and Other Legal Documents

Monday, June 27th, 2022

A Guide to Some Must-Have, End-of-Life Legal Documents Most of us are too busy living to prepare for dying. And who really wants to think about what might happen if we are severely injured in an accident or we have a stroke? But having a plan in writing can reduce anxiety about the future. If you have children, they will be relieved to not have to make tough decisions about your health ...

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Housing and Care Options for Seniors

Monday, January 31st, 2022

Living independently can be less expensive than moving into an assisted living or other form of senior community, especially if you’re independent and healthy. And more seniors are choosing to stay in their homes for as long as possible, according to a Harvard University study. But it’s also become costlier to make the changes you may need to stay put -- wheelchair ramps, a stairlift, or wider doorways, among them. You ...

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Classes Help Seniors Manage Diabetes/Chronic Pain

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Let’s face it: Taking control of your health requires willpower. Having others along the journey can make it much easier to find it. AgeWays offers an array of free health and wellness workshops that are heavy on class participation, a key ingredient to a student’s success. "A lot of times, when people sign up for a class, they think it’s going to be a lecture,” says Jeannine Roach, MSA, manager of health ...

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On the Road to Your Golden Years? Take the Wheel

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Like getting married or having children, getting older is easier with a little knowledge. Enter Aging Mastery, a workshop offered by AgeWays that helps you enter older adulthood with confidence. Aging Mastery is designed for baby boomers and beyond who want to learn more about advance care planning, nutrition, sleep, navigating Medicare, strengthening personal relationships, and more. The 10-week workshop is typically offered about six times a year (the next one begins with ...

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Fall Prevention Tips that Can Keep Seniors Stay Independent

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Falls are a leading cause of hip fractures and brain injuries in older adults - and they are easy to avoid. Here are a few tips to keep you steady on your feet: Check Your Medication Talk to your doctor about reducing medication that causes dizziness or disorientation. In one study, the Centers for Disease Control found that more than half of all older adults used at least one medication whose side effects were ...

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Survey Helps Agency Understand the Needs of Southeast Michigan Seniors

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Results are in: Some 1,800 seniors surveyed in the six counties served by AgeWays told us what they’re thinking when it comes to health care and transportation, in-home care and social isolation, addiction and physical challenges they face every day, and more. The results are interesting – even surprising – and mirror trends reported in a new statewide report that surveyed the needs of older Michiganders. More on that later. The people ...

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program Helps Metro Detroit Families

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

The New Family Tree: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren   Diane and Mark Saincome of Novi were looking forward to a comfortable retirement. She had practiced as a registered nurse, he had been an iron worker. They had some savings they planned to use to travel the country. And then their middle child Amy died, leaving them with four children to raise – and a fifth that she had brought into the family’s life. Today, the ...

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