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Improve Your Health At Heritage Commons
By: Kitty Knoll, Senior Center Coordinator, Heritage Commons
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
Relatives caring for their fam- ily’s children are an important resource for our community. Their care for their family contributes
to continunity and feelings of belonging which helps prevent further trauma to the children and facilities healing. This care comes at a great price for families, both financially and emotionally.
The Family Enrichment Center wants to show our appreciation to your families. We are invit- ing Kinship care families to an Appreciation Dinner to be held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 157 Chapel Hill Dr., April 5, 6-7:30pm, RSVP or call (269) 788-0922.
Also this month we are offering the following events:
April 2 – Kinship support Group,
Westlake Presbyterian Church 415 S. 28th St., Battle Creek
April 5 – Kinship Appreciation Dinner, 6-7:30pm
Westlake Presbyterian Church 415 S. 28th St., Battle Creek RSVP or call (269) 788-0922.
April 11 – Brown Bag Luncheon,
Adoption Support Group – Noon, 415 S. 28th St., Battle Creek
April 20 – Saturday Parenting Series, 9-Noon, Resource and Advocacy, presented by Lara Bouse from Fostering Forward of Michigan, childcare available. RSVP Teresa Thrash
(269) 903-7500.
April 20 – Aunt Beezer’s Art Experience – 6 to 12 yr olds, 9-Noon
Westlake Presbyterian Church 415 S. 28th St., Battle Creek
April 23 – NEW-Kinship Support Group, 7-8pm, Westlake Presbyterian Church,
415 S. 28th St., Battle Creek
Take charge of your health this year by making better lifestyle choices. No matter where you are, mild to moderate exercise can help you maintain your weight, manage stress, and sharpen your mind.
Bones focuses on strengthening bones and muscles with weights. There is a protocol for this class, please contact the instructor, Mary Peterson, for more information at (269) 968-7343. Exercise for All is another wonderful class, and
and invigorating way to start your day.
Don’t wait to visit your doctor until something is seriously wrong. If you need your doctor’s permission to exercise, please ask. Our expert instructors are waiting to hear from you! They have years of experience in assisting people at many differing levels of fitness.
a great place to start if you have been inactive. Exercise instructor, Lynn Wirtz, from Oaklawn Life Improvement Center, teaches
Classes are free to members. If you are interested in becoming a member of Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center, please call (269) 588-6150 or visit us at 13444 Preston Drive in Marshall.
There are three different exercise programs to choose from at Heritage Commons. Strong
the class based on the Arthritis Foundation class for flexibility. If you love cardio class and like to move to music, Kristen Kowitz teaches Move to Improve on Mondays and Fridays, a really fun
Join In The Fun At Forks Senior Center
By: Luann Sommers, Executive Director, Forks Senior Center
Forks Senior Center (FSC) has been providing services to older adults in eastern Calhoun County for the last thirteen years. We currently have about 350 members. Membership in the Center entitles you to have access for our full Fitness Center, and participate in weekly games such as bingo, bridge, bunco, and euchre. We also offer ping pong, exercise classes, and monthly activities such as Breakfast Club, potluck, Cooking Club, and a sewing/knitting group called Sit ‘N Stitch. Our center also hosts trips,
MI Choice Medicaid Waiver Program FAQs
By: Paulette Porter, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, CareWell Services SW
for the MI Choice Waiver program who live in Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties.
How We Help
CareWell provides an experienced and certified registered nurse and social work case manager to evaluate those who are interested in participating and explain the available long-term care options. We then work with participants
by providing comprehensive assessments, care planning, follow- up monitoring, and on-going reassessment services to make
sure the care continues to meet the participant’s needs.
fundraiser dinners, and monthly educational lunch and learns.
services to those in our community who are not members of the center. We offer general information about services available and counseling about Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Other organizations offer congregate meals, foot care, coloring classes, Veteran's services, and Fitness and Fun exercise classes at the center.
We welcome all community members age 60 and over to join our center. Those who are not yet 60 may join if their spouse is already 60 and is a member. While we are located in Calhoun County, we welcome members from outside of our county as well. Our center is conveniently located very close to the Jackson County line, and we have several members living there as well.
If you would like more information about membership or any of our services, please call FCS at (517) 629-3842 or email us at
FCS is proud to offer several
What Is The Mi Choice Waiver?
How Do I Request The Mi Choice Waiver Program?
The MI Choice Waiver is a program to provide in-home and community-based services to frail, elderly or physically disabled adults 18 + who would otherwise require nursing home care. For those who would prefer to stay in their own home, the MI Choice Waiver staff at CareWell Services will help explain their long-term options and arrange for the healthcare services they need. Services are provided at no charge to participants meeting the program’s medical and financial guidelines.
Call CareWell Services and tell us you are interested in the MI Choice Waiver Program. When you call, there will be several questions about activities that we must all
do as part of our daily lives, like shopping, bathing, cooking, etc. This is done to help determine if you qualify for the program. Not everyone who calls will be eligible for the MI Choice Waiver Program. If we cannot provide the MI Choice Waiver Program, we will suggest other resources for help.
To find out more about this program, call 1-800-626-6719.
Where Is The Mi Choice Waiver Program Offered?
CareWell assists those qualifying

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