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Calhoun County Senior Services, and the network of services to the aging, is commit- ted to raising awareness about issues faced by seniors age 60 and overs, and to helping seniors solve life problems with safety, inde- pendence, and dignity.
During the month of May, take some time to get to know the older adults in your life better. Ask your grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, or other elder about family history or important national moments in history and how they experienced them. A short call or visit will brighten the day for your family member and strengthen your connection to your past, and everyone’s future.
It’s both fun and rewarding when you become a dealer
at the Allen Antique Barn. Now all the garage sale hunting, collecting over the years and results of the antique auctions you’ve attended can turn into extra cash for you.
Join our family of dealers occupying over 300 booths with 25,000 square feet of antiques, furniture and collectibles. It’s fun and rewarding!
• Booth space as low as $26 • No commissions taken
• No work days
• Special promotions
• Elevator & stairs to upper floor
• Open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm
Call 517-869-2888 or stop in and see for yourself / Take the Coldwater exit off I-69, then 10 miles east on US 12 to the Big Red Barn. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
 Over 200 booths
 Dealers from 6 states
 Limited dealer space available  Grill and restaurant on grounds  Home of primitive connections  Home of country junction
 Bus tours welcome
 Campgrounds close by
Open 7 days, 10am - 5pm PH (517) 869-2788
I-94 Marshall
I-69 Coldwater Exit 13
Old US 12 Indiana
Senior Times - May 2019 Page 7
By: Helen Guzzo, MSW, Manager, Calhoun County Senior Services
Calhoun County is home to over 30,000 citizens aged 60 and over who enrich and strengthen our community, approximately 22% of the County’s 134,691 population (2016 ACS Population Est).
In 2017, Calhoun County created the
Joanne Konkle Senior Services Life-Time Achievement Award to annually recognize
a professional who has given a lifetime of leadership and service to seniors. This award was established to honor the lifetime work of Joanne Konkle (1934-2018) who served as a Calhoun County Board of Commissioner for two terms in the 1970s and then later worked for Calhoun County for 19 years, retiring as the Administrator of the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility in 2003. In her retirement, she gave many years of exceptional volunteer service to the Calhoun County Senior Millage Allocation Committee, the committee that recommends Senior Millage funding priorities to the Calhoun County Board of Commission; the Forks Senior Center in Albion; and the Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center in Battle Creek. Joanne was known for making and bringing delicious banana bread and other
The month of May is celebrated as Older Americans Month. At its May 2, 2019 meeting, the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners will proclaim May as a month to honor and value older adults. The Proclamation also rec- ognizes May 15, 2019 as Older Michiganians Day, where statewide Area Agencies on Aging and other providers of services to the aged hold a rally of older adults and advocates at the Capitol Building in Lansing. The Proclamation also designates May 23, 2019 as Calhoun County Centenarians’ Day where Calhoun County residents, age 99 and over, will be rec- oganized at a luncheon celebration at Schuler’s Restaurant in Marshall.
baked goods to committee meetings.
In 2018, the Joanne Konkle Senior Services Achievement Award was given to Carl Gibson.
Calhoun County Senior Services is in the process of identifying, county residents who are Centenarians, those who are going to be 99 years or older in 2019, and Super Centenarians, those who have reached the age of 110. If your loved one or friend is turning 99 or older in 2019 and has not been added to our invitation list, please call (269) 781-0846 to let us know about them. The Centenarian and one fami-
ly member are invited to an annual birthday party to recognize their longevity and contri- butions to our community. It is appropriate
that Schuler’s Restaurant in Marshall hosts the Centenarian Luncheon since the restaurant cel- ebrated its 100 years of existence in 2009, and now in 2019 enters Super Centenarian status.
Carl began his career in aging in 1994 working for the Michigan Department of Community Health as a Medicaid Long Term Care Specialist. Later, he became the director of the Michigan Public Health Institute Center for Long Term Care where he was responsible for improving the quality of care in nursing homes throughout the State. In 2008, Carl became the director of Calhoun County Office of Senior Services until his retirement in May 2017. Under his leadership Senior Services expanded the depth and breadth of the county’s leader- ship on senior issues and service delivery. It
is fitting that Carl received this award as he worked closely with Joanne Konkle over his career. The Joanne Konkle Award will again be presented to a new nominee at the 2019 Centenarian Luncheon recognizing a profes- sional who has served Calhoun County older adults with compassion, commitment, and generosity.
Helen Guzzo, MSW, is the Manager of Calhoun County Senior Services, which admin- isters Senior Millage tax dollars. For more information, call (269) 781-0846 or email
9011 W. Chicago (US 12) • Allen, Michigan 49227

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