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Serving Our Senior Times - April 2020
Aaron D. Edlefson, Special to Senior Times
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   Empowering Lives, Guiding Futures
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Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services (Guardian) has been a trusted service provider in Southwest Michigan since 1966.As a 501( c )3 nonprofit corporation, our professional and compassionate staff provides a complete network of public fiduciary services to improve the lives of more than 1,200 clients each year.
Our core business has historically been in the court-appointed services of guardian- ship and conservatorship, though we also serve as representative payee, by appoint- ment of the Social Security Administration, andVA fiduciary, by appointment of the Veterans Administration.
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We are seeking to grow our services for the general public.These include trust management, financial power of attorney agreements, and money management programs, preventive offerings that can help people remain independent, avoid financial crisis, and prevent the need for court intervention.
We are a social enterprise driven by our nonprofit mission, and simultaneously working to maintain our successful business. Our services are supported
by client fees that are necessary to cover service costs, and our fee schedule is adjusted to accommodate each client’s ability to pay.
• Financial Power of Attorney • Special Needs Trust
• Representative Payee
• Conservatorship
 Visit our website for more information
693 Capital Ave. SW, Unit #3 Battle Creek, MI 49015
                   In the past I’ve dedicated articles
to service-connected presumptive conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and heart disease. This month I will focus on another presump- tive condition, Parkinson’s Disease, as April is National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.
surviving spouses whose spouse pass- es away from Parkinson’s Disease
if the Veteran had been eligible for compensation. Parkinson’s Disease is a presumptive condition for Vietnam Veterans (in-country, inland water- ways, or within 12 nautical miles of the coast between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975) and for Veterans who served aboard Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. While these are the current criteria for presump- tive service-connection, case law has been established wherein service-con- nection has been granted to Veterans who served near burn pits in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Parkinson’s Disease is a neuro- logical disease with both motor and non-motor symptoms. Motor symptoms can include tremors while resting,
stiff limbs, problems with gait and balance, and slow movement. Non- motor symptoms can include cognitive issues, disturbances in sleep, problems with swallowing, and mood disorders. Unfortunately, there currently is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease. However, there are medications and treatments that have proven to be effective against Parkinson’s Disease.
If you’re a Veteran who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, regardless of where or when you served, I would recommend speaking to a Veteran Service Officer (VSO) about benefits you might be eligible for. Likewise, if you’re the surviving spouse of a Veteran who passed away from complications associated with Parkinson’s Disease, please reach out to a VSO to discuss possible survivor benefits.
In 2001, the Department of
Veterans Affairs selected six sites
to serve as Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (PADRECCs), which are in
VA Medical Centers in Philadelphia, Richmond, Houston, West Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland/Seattle. The VA also established Consortium Centers to provide Veterans who can- not reach a PADRECC with special- ized care. Calhoun County’s closest Consortium Center is located at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center.
If you have questions related to Parkinson’s Disease, or any other benefits for Veterans or their fami-
lies, please don’t hesitate to call our office or stop by and visit us. Calhoun County Veterans Affairs can be reached at (269) 969-6735. We are located on the third floor of the Toeller Building at 190 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI, 49014. If you would prefer to reach us by e-mail, you can do so at
In additional to specialized medi- cal care, as a presumptive condition, the VA also provides monetary com- pensation to Veterans who meet the criteria for service-connection and
   Memory Loss
requires specialized care.
Fortunately, that’s our speciality.
CARING for someone experiencing memory loss can be difficult. That’s why we employ experts who really understand and have a passion for caring for those who live with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
 269-964-4655 • 706 North Avenue • Battle Creek, MI 49017 • •
A Trilogy Senior Living Community
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       ~ NorthPointe Woods Resident, Gladys Holstrom ~
“I have loved my time here at NorthPointe Woods in both independent living and assisted living. I have made many lifelong friendships I will always cherish. The staff at NorthPointe Woods is wonderful and very caring.”
— Gladys
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700 North Avenue in Battle Creek

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