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Senior Times - March 2019
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Join us at Heritage Commons in March
By: Kitty Knoll, Senior Center Coordinator, Heritage Commons
Heritage Commons has a number of new offerings this month, from fad dieting to conservation of the natural environment. Our lunch and learn events go beyond health and wellness topics. On Wednesday, March 6, Dietitian Mary Jo Lakatos from Oaklawn Hospital will present, Debunking Fad Diets. There always seems to be an endless supply of fad diets
that claim to assist people to lose weight and be healthy. But do they deliver on their claims? Hear from a dietitian what to look for in adopting a new healthy diet.
Forks Senior Center Launches New Membership Management System By: Luann Sommers, Executive Director, Forks Senior Center
A new, automated check-in system called MySeniorCenter has been installed in the reception area at Forks Senior Center (FSC). This system is specifically designed to help staff manage the various sign- ups and sign-ins, track attendance, and improve reporting on services to local funding sources. The
new system was purchased by CareWell Services Southwest
and will be used by both the
Forks Senior Center and Heritage
Kinship Korner
Family Enrichment Center
415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015
Sharon Dewey, Kinship Coordinator Email:
Ph: (269) 660-0448
Fx: (269) 963-0160
Parenting our grandchildren
can be emotionally and physical- ly exhausting. When you have a grandchild, who does not sleep
it seems like a double whammy. One of the most important helps is a consistent, kind, and nurturing bedtime routine. Children who have been traumatized feel their world is out of control. That con- sistent routine can provide safety and comfort by bringing their world into control around them while they heal.
A snack starts the bedtime jour- ney off on the right foot. A warm bath, brush the teeth, some comfy pj’s, and maybe a gentle massage will help calm the anxiety of the day. Maybe even reading a bed- time story or listening to music. Perhaps talking the day over or a nice rock and cuddle. Finally, a comfy of some kind, a blanket or stuffed toy to sleep with. A simi- lar routine, used night after night, will, over time, soothe and calm the traumatized child. This routine will also bring some peace and rest to you as your grandchild heals.
The Family Enrichment Center is available to help you on this journey you and your grandchild are traveling together. We under- stand the stress and want to help.
All events take place at
Westlake Presbyterian Church,
415 S. 28th St., Battle Creek:
March 5 –
Kinship Support Group 12:30-2:30pm
March 14 – PARC – Adoption Support Group Brown Bag Luncheon, Noon
March 16 – Saturday Parent Training, 9am-Noon, Self-Care Taking Care of Yourself First, Shelley Garcia M.A, Adoption Support Network. Daycare avail- able. RSVP Teresa Thrash
March 16 – Aunt Beezer’s Craft Event – 6-12 yr. old’s, 9am-Noon Call Teresa Thrash at
(269) 660-0449.
(269) 660-0449.
MI Choice serves adults aged 18 or older who need services like those provided in a nursing home. If you are younger than 65, you must have a disability. You also have to qualify for Medicaid.
(medical or non-medical)
• Counseling
• Environmental Accessibility
CareWell Services Southwest is the Waiver agency serving Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. Call CareWell Services at 1-800-626-6719 to see if you are eligible today! One of our experienced counselors will
be happy to guide you through the process.
When you enroll in MI Choice, you can get Medicaid services, plus MI Choice services. The services and supports available
• Personal Emergency Response System
On March 13, Lisa Morgansai, Bereavement Coordinator with Oaklawn Hospital, will be
giving an overview of the Grief Bereavement program. This program provides necessary information on the grief support services offered by Oaklawn, which help people cope with losing a loved one.
ways in which citizens can protect our natural environment. Learn simple ways to conserve and preserve our natural world for our health and the planet’s health.
Other lunch and learn topics include a technology presentation by The Marshall District Library on March 20, and a presentation on conservation by the local Conservation District’s Maureen Reed. Her presentation will offer
Heritage Commons is located at 13444 Preston Drive near Marshall. We are open Monday through Thursday from 9am-3pm, Tuesday evening from 6-8pm, and half
days on Fridays from 9am-1pm.
To reserve your spot for lunch and learns, call 558-6150. Lunch is $3.00 for members and $5.00 for non-members, for select programs. Please call for more details.
Commons Senior Enrichment Center in Marshall.
attended an event, how long they were at the center, and whether they participated in other events on the same day.
The new system assigns each member a small key tag which they can use to sign in and out each time they visit the center. Once checked in, the member selects the activities they are there for on that day. Options include the Fitness Center, an exercise class, or just a general visit. MySeniorCenter allows the FSC to track how many people
By being able to quickly and accurately detail attendance and track which services members participate in, FSC will be able to increase opportunities to receive additional funding in the future. Today MySeniorCenter is being used by over 900 senior centers across the U.S. and Canada.
MI Choice Waiver Basics
By: Paulette Porter, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, CareWell Services SW
The MI Choice program provides services and supports
to people in their homes. Your home could be a house, apartment, condominium, adult foster care, or a home for the aged. MI Choice services are not available to people who live in a nursing home.
through the MI Choice program include:
• Adult Day Health (adult day care) • Chore Services
• Community Health Worker
• Community Living Supports
• Community Transportation
• Private Duty Nursing/Respiratory Care
Adaptations (home modifications) • Fiscal Intermediary
• Goods and Services
• Home Delivered Meals
• Nursing Services (preventative nursing)
• Respite
• Specialized Medical Equipment
and Supplies
• Supports Coordination • Training

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