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to other communities because of the lack of condos and other one story housing more appropriate for aging in place in the community.
What a year of changes 2020 has been! We are living through a mile- stone in history that is radically chang- ing how we work, live, and think. The response to COVID-19 continues and the public health recommendation to keep yourself and others safe is to limit your exposure to others by only taking necessary trips outside your home; wear a mask over your mouth and nose when in contact with others; stay at least six feet from others who do not share a household with you; and wash your hands and frequently touched surfaces often. The numbers of COVID infections is increasing in Calhoun County and we must continue to follow these guidelines to continue to reopen the community.
The Albion Community Gardens, a community lead effort to grow fresh food and encourage inter-racial and inter-generational programing, received $34,365 to expand the gar- dens with the purchase of fencing, a rototiller, and additional irrigation.
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Eye care services will be available in Albion with support of the Albion Health Care Alliance for $16,225 along with other funding from the Battle Creek Community Foundation, to purchase eye equipment to establish an optical clinic in the Cram Health Care Building in downtown Albion.
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                            While we are tired of the new reali- ty, it is important to continue strength- ening your relationships with family and friends during this time by phon- ing and videoconferencing frequently. Many older adults live alone and need others to check on them. Social isola- tion negatively affects the quality of life for too many older adults.
Telehealth and engagement of frail, vulnerable adults in digital technology will be expanded with the purchase
of 100 Grandpads for participants
of the Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. (Program of All Inclusive Care) pro- gram for $100,000.
 While senior centers around the county and adult day care
at Marian Burch remain closed, all other Senior Millage funded programs are operating includ- ing Community Action’s Senior Transportation and Senior Health Partner’s Fitness and Fun classes.
Senior Millage Mini-Grant funding of $5,000 was also recently awarded to the Albion Homer United Way to continue weekly food box distribu- tion through the South Michigan
Food Bank’s Fresh Food Initiative
in the Albion and Homer areas. A $5,000 mini-grant was also awarded
to Marshall Mobile Meals to support their meal delivery to Marshall area homebound seniors. Marshall Mobile meals is a community partnership with funding by the Marshall United Way and meals prepared and packaged by Oaklawn Hospital. Marshall Mobile Meals currently delivers meals to about forty-five people a day through a network of fifty volunteers that deliver the meals.
 It is Open Enrollment time for Medicare and most reviews are hap- pening over the telephone this year
by appointment. It is important that seniors on Medicare review their Part D Prescription plans each year to make sure they are on the best plan for their individual situation. Reviewing your plan with an unbiased counselor or reviewing it yourself on Medicare. gov if you are comfortable using a computer, could save you and your loved ones a lot of money.
Through its 22 contractual funded programs, Senior Millage continues to fund a countywide Meals on Wheels, or home-delivered meals, program provided through Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, in partnership with CareWell Services SW. Meals
are delivered every weekday from 10:30am-Noon to homebound older adults no longer able to prepare meals. Volunteers are always needed to help deliver meals weekly or monthly.
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Millage is announcing the funding of four projects under its new one- time funding of strategic projects and two food distribution mini-grants.
On October 15, the Calhoun County Board of Commission approved fund- ing of four new projects to provide new opportunity for older adults in the County.
During the COVID response, our office has been busy funding oppor- tunities to serve older adults, age
60 and over. During this season of Thanksgiving, stay safe and wear a mask when interacting with others.
The Albion Community Foundation received $150,000 for the predevelop- ment costs to plan the development of market rate senior housing in Albion to help keep retired community mem- bers living in Albion and not moving
Helen Guzzo, LMSW, is the Manager of Calhoun County Senior Services, which funds a variety of services for residents age 60 and over with Senior Millage tax dollars. To learn more, call (269) 781-0846.
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