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Senior Times - May 2019 Seeing Smiles At
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The Senior Fair
By: Kristin McDermott, Health Educator, CCPHD
As the tulips begin to pop, the sun begins to shine, and the warm weath-
er approaches, people begin visiting friends, neighbors, and attending com- munity events. It was a beautiful and long overdue spring-time Thursday, a perfect opportunity for many commu- nity seniors to check out the annual Senior Fair at Marshall Middle School. Cindy Parkinson and Alyse Nichols from the Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) were also in attendance, providing fairgoers with a look into the CCPHD’s Senior Hearing and Vision Services program.
CCPHD Senior Hearing and Vision Services supports senior citi- zens of Calhoun County by connect- ing low-income, eligible clients with hearing aids, eye exams, and glasses.
positive growth in participation from previous years; something that Cindy was very excited to see.
These resources can greatly affect a senior’s quality of life and support con- tinued independence, allowing recipi- ents the ability to accurately take their medication, know who is knocking at the door, watch weather tracking in the event of a storm, read recipes, continue driving safely, or simply perform com- mon household and personal tasks.
“[I] really like doing this... it takes me away from my normal duties,”
says Cindy, whose role at CCPHD is mostly rooted in department finance; “I have a passion for seniors.” The Senior Hearing and Vision program provides obvious health benefits, but the ripple effect is wide-reaching. Cindy and Alyse enjoy the opportunity to make a difference in Calhoun County by help- ing others seniors keep their sense of pride and self-worth through continued independence. And of course, they love to connect with the community.
In an increasingly fast-paced and technology-driven world, finding ways to reach the senior population can occa- sionally be a barrier to providing these needed services. The Senior Fair is a great outlet to meet Calhoun County seniors face-to-face. The event also provides those who do not need Senior Hearing and Vision Services the chance to learn more and spread the word to friends and family who may benefit. Cindy and Alyse were able to connect with many of the fair’s estimated 650 attendees, including previous clients that Senior Hearing and Vision have already helped, and almost a dozen potential new clients. This reflects a
They chuckled as one gentleman made his third round of the fair-circuit; ‘sneaking’ yet another of the pepper- mint candies spread across the CCPHD table. From across the room, they see
a friendly wave from a fair-goer who Cindy worked with last year to get
her prescription eye glasses. These are smiles the Senior Hearing and Vision program helped create, and they can’t wait to make more.
Cindy is the main staff member behind the Senior Hearing and Vision Services program, reaching many com- munity seniors from her office daily to talk about eligibility and how to receive services. If you are 60 years of age or older and have trouble seeing or hear- ing, you can call and talk with Cindy about how CCPHD’s Senior Hearing and Vision Services can help at (269) 969-6377.
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Calhoun County Public
Health Department
Family Fare Supermarket
Receipts Bene t Village Of Mill Creek
By: Pat Fosdick
The senior residents of the Village of Mill Creek, Battle Creek, which
is a low-income housing facility, are asking for the community’s help in saving purchasing receipts from Family Fare. Direct Your Dollars is identified on the receipt as a non-profit contribu- tion program that will bring $1,000 to Mill Creek with a sufficient amount of receipt contributions.
Center of Battle Creek
Board Certi ed Chiropractic Orthopedist Certi ed in Spinal Decompression and Precision Chiropractic Biomechanics
Specializing In... Headache, Neck, Low Back Pain,
Hip & Leg Pain, Disc Problems, Scoliosis,
Sports Injuries, Auto Injuries, Nutritional Therapy, and Corrective Exercises.
Most Insurance Accepted / New Patients Welcome
269-968-2060 | 395 S. Shore Dr., Ste. 203 (In Oak Park, Building 395)
Board Certi ed Physician. Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists. Fellowship in American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists. Member of the American Chiropractic Association, Parker Chiropractic Research Foundation.
Dr. D.W. Wooten DC, DABCO
Mail or bring your receipts to:
Senior Times of SC MI 4642 Capital Ave., S. W. Battle Creek, MI, 49015
Bachman Hebble Funeral Home 223 N. Bedford Rd.
Battle Creek, MI, 49017
The purpose is to help with resident activities and learning events so they can remain independent and active. For information call (269) 979-1479 ext. 308.

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