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Page 26Senior Times - September 2018Aging with GraceBy: Jane Johnson, RN, Life Coach269.781.4251879 E Michigan Ave, Marshall, MI 49068 www.MedilodgeofMarshall.comLet us help you piece together the puzzle after sudden illness or injury.Recover. Rejuvenate . Revitalize . Return Home .Yes, let’s do it gracefully. Wewill need to: Exercise, Eat right, and Know who we are, what we want, and God’s direction for us. EEK! Whatan acronym for aging but a very true sentiment for most. So many of us just want to slow down the clock. Some of us, or at least myself, wish we would have listened to EEK a long timeago. It would have made these gold- en years, truly the years of dreams. Where are you at in all of this? Are you a practicing EEK?Exercise – You say you don’t have time. A half hour a day or five hours a week of planned exercise is highly recommended. This is not only good for physical health but mental health. In our golden years we want to do so many things and it will be paramount to have the ability to walk, play, move about freely, and make the dreams for those retired years come true.Eating – Have you heard the old saying, “You are what you eat?” Well it’s not exactly true but what you eat and the amount of it you eat certainly dictates what kind of a life you can have. For many years of my life Iwas overweight and not just by a few pounds. But early on I didn’t worry about it because I could still do any- thing I wanted. Now in my 60’s it has been another story. Now I have been on the early phases of an Elimination Diet, recommended by Dr. Zettell a Functional Medicine Doctor. This diet has released my body of muchof its pain by reducing my inflamma- tory load. I am so glad I did it. My daughter was a big help, we shopped and planned the first couple of weeks together and seeing that improvement it was less difficult to continue on the diet.Knowing your plan to fulfill your God given purpose is a beautiful thing. Even more beautiful is having the abil- ity to do it. Start now, wherever you are in your journey to discover what you need to do to be the best you pos- sible. This is the time to fulfill and/or build new dreams.For support, directional discovery and/or ways to live in the journey contact me, Jane Johnson, RN, Life Coach, (269) 209-9562, Step by Step, The Journey of Life.EEKBringing New Life to Senior Living“What I love about my job at Brookdale is that I am able to be a part of so many families. When we havea new resident join us, it is just expanding on the community we have created here and growing the bond shared by family that has seen fit to call our Brookdale their home.” – Kurt Schroeder, Executive DirectorOur ServicesAssisted Living | Specialized Memory Care Respite | On-Site Physical & Occupational TherapyBrookdale Battle CreekAssisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 191 Lois Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49015-7933 Main 269-979-7781 | Fax 269-979-1514 brookdale.comBROOKDALE® is a trademark ofBrookdale Senior Living Inc., Nashville, TN, USA.Region 2 AAA ReceivesAward from N4AMiles for Memories will be presenting “Monster Bash” on October 13th staring at 6pm at NorthPointe Woods. You must pre-register in order to get your part ahead of time! Cost to participate is $45 per person or $80 for a couple.By: Tracy R James LBSWRegion 2 Area Agency on Aging announces that the Safe Haven Program has been honored with an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) in July in Chicago.The Safe Haven Program offers victims of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation an immediate, temporary safe situation. This may include care coordination, temporary housing, care- givers, meals, and other items needed to sustain safety while Region 2 Area Agency on Aging assists the victim with a safe, long-term plan.The 2018 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognize Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American aging pro- grams that develop and implement cut- ting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities, and their family caregivers. A part of the criteria for the selection of the hon- orees was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities.The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the lead- ing voice on aging issues for the 622Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the country and a champion in our nation’s capital for the more than 250 Title VI Native American aging programs.Region 2 Area Agency on Aging was established in 1974 and is a not- for-profit agency serving older adults and adults with disabilities in Jackson, Hillsdale, and Lenawee Counties. For additional information, please contact Region 2 Area Agency on Aging at (800) 335-7881 or at Wetherby, CEO, Region 2 AAABARRY COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGINGFriendship Center Locations:Hastings COA Building:(269) 948-4856 Mon-Fri 10 am-2pmMain St. Banquets:(517) 213-9212 Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pmDelton Faith United Methodist Church(269) 579-3918 11:00am-1pmWoodland Eagles Club:(269) 367-4041Mon, Wed & Fri 10:30am-1pm• Home Delivered Meals. For homebound seniors that are unable to pre- pare meals, can receive delicious meals at home. Special diets available. • Senior Center Activities including line dancing, card making, beading,cards, bingo, and many others.• Senior Meal Choice Dining. Restaurant-based senior dining program. • Chore Service provides minor home repair for seniors.There are many more activities and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents! Just Call Barry County Commission on Aging for more information.320 West Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings, MI 49058 Phone: (269) 948-4856 | Fax: (269) 948-3336 E-Mail: | www.barrycounty.orgYour evening will include dinner prepared by the chef, champagne cock- tails and tons of fun trying to solve the mystery.Monster Bash: You are invited to a grand party, the Monster Bash! Baron VonAder is throwing his yearly costumed party and you are invited. This charitable event is held every year to help supportthe Selfridge Orphanage, which was established by Baron VonAder.A murder mystery event is the perfect way to add a little spice and bring fun to exercising your brain. Call today to reserve your spot. Limited seats are available.Pre-registration is required by calling (269) 979-1412 ext 305 by October 1. They will ask for payment information and an email address for each registration to have your character information sent to you.

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