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Senior Times - September 2017
200 West Michigan Avenue Suite 102 Battle Creek, MI 49017
Kinship Korner
Family Enrichment Center
415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015
Beckie Brinks, Kinship Coordinator Email:
Ph: (269) 660-0448
Fx: (269) 963-0160
Calhoun County Kinship Care Services advocates for and provides supportive services to families rais- ing related children. If you are rais- ing a related child (ages 0-18 years), you may be eligible for Kinship
Care Services through the Family Enrichment Center. Kinship Care Services offers support groups, inter- generational family activities, helpful classes and specialized training sessions.
Do Yourself a Favor by Attending One of Our Support Groups!
• Join us monthly on the first Tuesday of each month from 12:30-2:30pm for the Battle Creek Kinship Support Group. We meet in the All Purpose room at the Westlake Presbyterian Church. Support groups nurture relationships, decrease isolation, and provide a safe place to vent. Support groups build on collective energy, creativity, and the talents of all group members. The next meeting is September 6, 2017, from 12:30-2pm.
• Consider visiting a support group. You won’t regret it!
• On Monday, September 18, Jane Wolf will discuss “Parenting the High Needs Child” at the Family Enrichment Center from 6:30- 8:30pm.
• Our “Saturday Parenting Series” training is scheduled for September 16, 2017, (also at the Family Enrichment Center) from 9am- 12pm.
• Our Brown Bag Lunch is scheduled for September 7 from 12-1pm, at the Family Enrichment Center as well.
• We also provide respite for our Kinship families when it all becomes too much to handle!
Summertime Fun!
We Have a Handle on Summer Activities!
• We are interested in hearing your
opinion on how we can better serve the Kinship community. Please give Beckie a call or e-mail her at Your input will be appreciated!
We have the means to help provide necessities and enrichment activities for the children in your care. We also have the experience and knowledge to advocate for you and give advice on how to navigate through issues as they develop. Spread the word!
Aging and Disability Resource Line: 1-800-626-6719 General Agency Telephone: (269) 966-2450
Financial Exploitation of Older Adults
By: Karla Fales, CEO of CareWell Services SW
Financial exploitation of older adults has significantly grown over the past decade. Due to a trusting nature,
steady income, and possibility of increased vulnerability, seniors have become targets for financial fraud and abuse. Navigating financial matters can be increasingly difficult, and finding trustworthy sources can be challenging as well, considering that 90% of those who exploit are family members or trusted friends.
In an effort to assist older adults in the community in understanding how to protect
themselves from this type of abuse, CareWell Services SW will be hosting two upcoming events to help seniors and their caregivers recognize warning signs of financial exploitation and keep their money safe.
The first event will be held on Thursday, September 21 from 5:30-7:30pm at Squirrel Hollow Golf Course in
Battle Creek. Dinner will be provided by Ganton Senior Communities, followed by a presentation by Old National Bank on money safety.
The second event will
be held the following week on Thursday, September 28 from 5:30-7:30pm at Dark Horse Brewery in Marshall. Following dinner, Ron Tatro,
Vice President at Elder Law of Michigan will be presenting on how to stay safe from fraud and financial exploitation.
“We are looking forward to helping seniors and caregivers navigate these issues and empower them to make safe financial decisions. Our goal in these events is to reach out to those who may not know what resources and programs are available and ease their burdens in making important decisions,” said Karla Fales, CEO of CareWell Services SW.
Registration for these no-cost events is required. CareWell Services SW will be taking reservations by phone at
(269) 966-2450.

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