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Senior Times - December 2016 caregiver’s
Dental Services
Dentures, extractions, fillings, and other dental services are available to low-income seniors with no other dental insurance.
Family Health Center Albion & Battle Creek - Call Fountain Clinic for Eligibility
Fountain Clinic - Marshall
269-781-0952
Home Heating Assistance
Low-income seniors may receive assis- tance for any type home heating fuel to ensure they can remain in their homes.
Community Action
269-965-7766 or 877-422-2726
315 West Green Street, Marshall, MI 49068 Office: 269-781-0846
Toll free: 877-645-5243
Fax: 269-781-0770 www.calhouncountymi.gov/seniorservices
CORNER
Anne Clark, Special to Senior Times
IT’S BEEN A YEAR!
When I was young I can remember the older generations in my family talking about how time really flies and the older you get the quicker
it goes. I always thought they were
a little crazy but now I realize they were so right - where has 2016 gone? It seems like just a blink of an eye, and the year has disappeared.
And now we’re at the twelfth month, a very hard time of year for many. The holiday rush, trying to do so much with so little time, and be something more than what we can be. It can really be a time of struggle, but what if we try to change that mind set? What if we focus on all the posi- tives from the year past?
Working with family caregivers is a constant reminder of the good people all around us. It’s a difficult job and we don’t always do the right thing. We make mistakes, but the beauty is we’re doing the job. If you were not there, caring for your per- son, where would they be?
This is a conversation we have so many times it’s hard to count, but it’s such an important message, and I mean it with all my heart.
You are doing incredible work and it’s the most important job you’ve ever been given; however, sometimes we must ask ourselves if it’s time to let someone else take over that job, or at least help us with that job.
You see, when I look at family caregivers, I try to really look at them and listen to what’s not being said. When there is so much exhaustion in their face and their voice has no life, I know it’s time for them to relinquish some of those responsibilities. The hardest job is convincing them that it’s time for change.
Our goal, I believe, should always be to take care of the Caregiver first;
because your person has many others who can take care of them but you
– who do you have? And this (many times) is what I see: Burnout straight ahead! Don’t let this be you.
Part of my daily job is to help avoid that. As the year ends and a new one begins, I’m going to ask each and every one of you to give yourself a gift. Yes, give yourself a gift and that is, doing one thing for yourself. Just one thing that you truly enjoy, a way to recharge your “bat- tery” even if that means saying I can no longer do this work alone. It’s OK; we were not meant to carry this burden alone. We ALL need help and asking for it can be the most beautiful gift you give to those you care for but more importantly, the best gift you can give yourself.
Caregivers – Give yourself a gift... do one thing for you.
With that said, as I reflect on this past year (because that’s what we’re supposed to do, right?), those I’ve lost come to mind; how they were
a blessing in my life; the journey’s we walked together; the battles we fought; more importantly, the battles that we won; the laughs we had and the tears we cried. There is a saying that I share quite often, “We are all in this journey called life together and together we can make it better.” You have made it better for me, even dur- ing those hard times and I want you to know you’re important and matter!
Have a year blessed December and may 2017 be filled with many Blessings – just as you have all been to me.
BARRY COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING
Friendship Center Locations:
Hastings COA Building:
(269) 948-4856 Mon-Fri 10 am-2pm
Nashville Masonic Temple:
(517) 852-9182 Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pm
Delton Faith United Methodist Church
(269) 623-5400 10:30am-1pm
Woodland Eagles Club:
(269) 367-4041
Mon, 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: bccoa@barrycounty.org | www.barrycounty.org
Legal Advice for Seniors
The Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Battle Creek office will con- duct interviews for legal advice and possible representation, without charge, to interested seniors on Wednesday, December 7, from 10am-12pm. This service is in connection with the Burnside Senior Center, but is being held at 87 Marshall Street, Coldwater, MI, 49036.
For more information please contact Megan Reynolds, Managing Attorney, at (269) 965-3951
Diversified Financial Advisors Offers Strategies To Help Your Investments Keep Growing.
Danford M. Byrens
Financial Representative | 269-441-1444 | dmbyrens@hirep.net
Before investing, you should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. We can help you with those decisions. We are qualified financial advisors. Give us a call.
15 Capital Ave. NE Ste. 104 | Battle Creek, MI 49017 | www.divfa.com
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