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 Sitting on a window ledge in my home office, next to a wooden pirate ship from the Soo Locks, is a glass globe with the continents etched on it. It is not large, with a diameter of approximately three inches. For its size it seems heavy, but I have never weighed it. It sits atop a glass base roughly shaped like a hand, although it is a very abstract rendering of a hand. I received the globe nearly six- teen years ago from a fellow Marine as we exchanged Christmas gifts in Iraq. Exchanging gifts for us was a way of normalizing an atypical holi- day that found us separated from our homes and families. After receiving it I carefully packed it away in one of my sea bags in hopes that it would make it home with me in one piece.
It embodies the belief that it is not how grand a gift is, but rather the spirit in which the gift is given. The humblest of gifts can move people and can often make a difference in their life.
Senior Times - December 2020 Serving Our
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     The Village of
Mill Creek A SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY A Mission of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan
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• Secure entry with cameras throughout the property.
• Small pet friendly
• Individually controlled heating and cooling
• Planned monthly resident activities
• Easy elevator access to both upper floors • Library with computers available
• Barrier-free apartments available
   300 Carl Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49037
PH: 269-962-0605 • FX: 269-965-2285 • TTY: 800-649-3777 • www.pvm.org
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HUMBLEST OF GIFTS
  BARRY COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING
Delton Faith United Methodist Church
(269) 579-3918 11:00am-1pm
Friendship Center Locations:
Hastings COA Building:
(269) 948-4856 Mon-Fri 10 am-2pm
Main St. Banquets:
Woodland Eagles Club:
(517) 213-9212 Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pm
(269) 367-4041
Mon, Wed & Fri 10:30am-1pm
• Home Delivered Meals. For homebound seniors that are unable to pre- pare meals, can receive delicious meals at home. Special diets available. • Senior Center Activities including line dancing, card making, beading,
cards, bingo, and many others.
• Senior Meal Choice Dining. Restaurant-based senior dining program. • Chore Service provides minor home repair for seniors.
There are many more activities and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents! Just Call Barry County Commission on Aging for more information.
320 West Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings, MI 49058 Phone: (269) 948-4856 | Fax: (269) 948-3336 E-Mail: bccoa@barrycounty.org | www.barrycounty.org
Arriving home a few months later, I carefully unpacked it and put it on display where it would be in sight daily. Over the course of several moves, it has always been kept in
a place where I would from time
to time notice it and think back on the memories associated with it. I cherished it because of the memories associated with that Christmas. I
still cherish those memories, but the globe has come to represent more than just those memories. At face value, it was a simple gift. It was
not expensive, was not hard to get, and it was not rare. Yet, I treasure it because of the altruism it represents.
It is no secret that these are dif- ficult times for many people for countless reasons. However, people are often adept at hiding their strug- gles. Neighbors you have known for years could have struggles that you are completely unaware of. Family members could be going through issues unbeknownst to you. The upcoming holidays, a time in which the world should overflow with joy, can make dark times seem even darker. It would be incredible to be able to solve the problems and wor- ries for everyone. Realistically, that is not feasible. What is feasible is to gift another with our words.
 Gift one another with the hum- blest gift we can – the gift of our words. Words can embolden, encourage, motivate, and express love.
Words will not pay mortgages, they will not heal the sick, and they certainly cannot replace food. They can, however, embolden, encourage, and motivate. Most importantly, they can express love. This season use your words to give as many gifts as you can. You never know whose life you could change.
Senior Health Partners Realigns Under Under Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation
Calhoun County Senior Millage
        Senior Health Partners (SHP), previously known as a community partnership of many organizations serving the mature adult population, will now become a wholly owned subsidiary of Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation. This unanimous action by the Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation board of directors in October will enable Senior Health Partners to continue as an integral component within Calhoun County serving the needs of hundreds of older adults.
P.A.C.E. will provide the continuity of strong financial management and administrative support to SHP’s pro- grams and services.”
 Benefits Counseling
(517) 629-3842 - Albion (800) 803-7174 - Battle Creek (269) 781-0846 - Marshall
Community Care Options
(269) 441-0948
Dental Services
(269) 781-0952
Handy Helper Services & Bed Bug Remediation (866) 200-8877
Hearing & Vision Services
(269) 441-0930
Home Heating Assistance
(269) 965-7766
Legal Assistance
(800) 688-3951
Meal Delivered / Meal Sites
(866) 200-8877
Minor Home Repair
(877) 422-2726
Money Management
(866) 963-3253
Personal Emergency Response
(269) 441-0930
Prescription Assistance
(269) 781-0952
Ramps for Accessibility
(269) 966-2502
Senior Fitness & Fun
(269) 441-0948
Senior Transportation
(800) 994-9876
              The previous partnership focused on the core belief that more could be done to improve the well-being of seniors by working together and has been recognized by state and nation- al aging networks as the first and only collaboration of its kind in the nation. SHP currently serves approx- imately 1,000 seniors and caregiv- ers per year at various locations throughout Calhoun County. While the partners have changed somewhat since 2000, their success comes from fidelity to their original mission of, “Improving the health and well-being of older adults and family caregivers in Calhoun County.”
Laura Ferrara, CEO of Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E., stated, “We welcome Senior Health Partners into the Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation family. We have a shared vision of helping the seniors within Calhoun County and this realignment will serve to enhance and expand that vision. We have always considered SHP our partner and they have made many referrals to our organization over the last 11 years Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. has been open.”
“A realignment under the umbrel- la of Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation (functioning under
the DBA of Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.), who has been the fiducia- ry and managing partner for SHP for more than 10 years, is going to be a win-win situation for the two organi- zations,” said Linda Grap, executive
The transition coincides with the planned retirement of current SHP executive director, Linda Grap, after 17 years of service to the organiza- tion. The realignment will be effec- tive January 1, 2021 with Ferrara filling the interim executive lead- ership role for SHP. Ferrara added, “Linda has done an outstanding job as the executive director of SHP and her staff have also been stellar. With the exception of Linda’s retirement, there will be no other SHP staff changes made and we anticipate this transition to be seamless to the com- munity as well as to the current SHP staff.” The SHP offices will continue to be housed in the same space at the Y Center in Battle Creek.
All services are funded by the citizens of Calhoun County through support of the Senior Millage. Services are available to any County resident, age 60 and over. Some programs may have additional eligibility requirements.
315 West Green St. Marshall, MI 49068
269-781-0846
www.calhouncountymi.gov
Service may be impacted due to COVID-19. Please call to verify.
                             director. “Senior Care Partners
Additional information about Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. can be found online at www.seniorcarepartnersmi.org.
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