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  Kinship Korner
Understanding Alternative Therapy Options
By: Lynn Moss, Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) Regional Coordinator
 Family Enrichment Center Regional Resource 3 Team 415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015
Sharon Dewey
Foster Care Navigator Email:
Ph: (269) 660-0448
Fx: (269) 963-0160
 We will focus on well-being this month. All kinship care providers need to be aware of their own health and stress lev- els to help the children in their care with their loss and trauma issues. If we are not intentional in addressing our stress, we can suf- fer from secondary trauma trying to help these hurting children.
One thing we can do, is find
a support group (on-line now) of others also caring for relative children. We can ask family and friends to give a respite break now and then.
In the moment, a good stress reliever is to do a five count deep-belly breath. Do it five times. Encourage children to join you. This is a good way to teach them to self-regulate those emo- tions. Other activities that help with well-being are yoga, medita- tion, and walking in nature. When performing these activities stay focused on how you are feeling in the moment. Find the activity that calms you, and then find a way to make that activity happen daily or as often as possible.
It is easy when caring for children to neglect to care for ourselves. It helps to make a plan and check it often.
Remember, we are worth it.
The Family Enrichment Center has some resources to help if you need food, cleaning supplies, or a respite break. Please call Sharon Dewey at (269) 274-4077 to find out how we can help you.
Family Enrichment Center
God Bless and remember we are here to help.
        Alternative and complementary therapies have been around for ages to improve one’s mental health. There are many alternative and complementary therapies available that many people
potential long-term benefits. There are specialized counselors available to help deal with stress, anxiety, and how to cope. Many counselors are available online these days as well.
  find useful. Complementary therapies are used in conjunction with conventional medicines
or treatments, while alternative therapies are used instead of conventional medicines or treatments.
Finally, another option of an alternative or complementary therapy is sense therapy.
Your senses include sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. “Grounding” and anxiety- reducing techniques often involve the use of all senses. Some people believe that your senses can affect your overall health. Art, dance, music, visualization and guided imagery, and aromatherapy
Options of alternative or complementary therapies include touch-based therapy, dietary and herbal approaches, mental health therapy, and therapies based on our senses. It is important to remember that what works for some people may not work for others.
“Nutritional excess and deficiency have become problems in today's society, both leading
to certain chronic diseases. Many dietary and herbal approaches attempt to balance the body's nutritional well-being," according to Johns Hopkins.
are considered types of sense therapy. Often, sense therapy and grounding techniques are referred to as mindfulness.
Yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic and osteopathic medicine are considered touch-based therapies. According to Johns Hopkins, “Healing by touch is based on the idea that illness or injury in the area of the body can affect all parts of the body.” Often, with manual manipulation parts of
the body can be brought back to optimum health and can heal the site of injuries or illness.
Therapies using your mind include meditation, hypnotherapy, and biofeedback. The intention
of mind therapies is to connect mind and body. It has been found that people recover better if they have good mental and emotional health.
If you are considering alternative or complementary therapy options, make sure that you see skilled and licensed practitioners when participating in any alternative or complementary therapies. Do not assume that complementary and alternative medicines are safe just because they come from a natural source. Please note that it is important
for you to communicate openly and honestly with your doctor. Not every type of alternative or complementary therapy may be right for you.
 Dietary and herbal approaches may include changes to your nutrition and diet, herbal med- icine, and dietary supplements.
Counseling is also a common therapy to help with your mind and mindset. When considering self-improvement or ways to deal with overwhelming feelings, getting help from a counselor
 The Forks Senior Center (FSC) board voted at their September meeting to keep the Senior Center closed until January 4, 2021. The decision comes as an increase
COVID-19. Increased safety measures are being put into place to protect seniors, especially with flu season setting in as well.
center at (517) 629-3842. Staff are checking messages and answering questions as often as possible.
Aging and Disability Resource Line: 1-800-626-6719 General Agency Telephone: (269) 966-2450
is an excellent option with
 Forks Senior Center Remains Closed – MMAP Appointments Available via Phone From Forks Senior Center
  of COVID-19 cases are being reported in Calhoun County.
“We miss seeing everyone but right now we know the safest place for older adults is in their own homes. It’s important to stay safe and limit your outside exposure to others as much as possible, get a flu shot, and always wear a mask,” said senior center director Luann Sommers.
Due to the closure, and mandates from the state Medicare/ Medicaid Assistance office, all Medicare appointments at this time will be done over the phone. Forks Senior Center will be calling people to set up appointments
for phone consultations. If you
are new to Medicare and need an appointment, please call the center and leave a message at (517) 629- 3842. Medicare Open Enrollment for Part D insurance plans runs through December 7.
“Our first priority is the safety of our members who are the most at risk. We understand that our members are desperate to get out and see their friends and workout together, but at this time the safest option is to. stay closed,” said board president Dale Duff.
While the center remains closed, staff members continue to assist older adults in the community. Members can leave messages by calling the senior
Seniors are considered at higher risk for infection and complications related to

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