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  Kinship Korner
Habits to Help You Live Simply and Intentionally in 2021
By: Paulette Porter, Program Manager, Special Initiatives
expectation for yourself.
Instead, identify just three very important things you want to accomplish each day. Choose items that will make you feel like you are accomplished and not overwhelmed.
Studies show people 60+ spend an average of six hours per day watching TV. How do you spend your day? What things do you
Aging and Disability Resource Line: 1-800-626-6719 General Agency Telephone: (269) 966-2450
 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
 Just a few thoughts regarding the New Year... New Years resolutions seem to be recycled, barely used from last year, so they can be checked off the to-do list. As we look back on the past year, the most important attitude we need to encourage is to be charitable to ourselves. In this pandemic we have had to juggle the emotional, educational, phys- ical safety, and educational needs of ourselves and the children we are raising. These needs often had conflicting solutions. So be good to yourselves and applaud your efforts.
As we look forward to the New Year, we can have hope that as we deal with this virus and the disruptions it has caused in our lives, we will be able to find
our new normal. I have a new appreciation for a slower pace. So many activities and trips that I believed essential are unneces- sary. My life is simpler, and I am enjoying my time with the grand- children.
The Family Enrichment Center is also looking forward to that new normal we will all have. We are finding new ways to provide the services to help kinship fam- ilies support and nurture the chil- dren they are raising. We have emergency resources for your families and training to attend on-line. We still have passes to Frederick Meijer’s Gardens in Grand Rapids. Please call Sharon Dewey ay (269) 274-4077 if you need services or support.
God Bless and Happy New Year
       Family Enrichment Center
 Simple living may look different for each person, but generally a simplified life means getting rid of any extra mental and physical clutter, so you can have more time for the things that actually matter to you.
to simplicity, but think about the opposite: if you eat unhealthy foods all the time and rarely care for your body by exercising,
 This sounds great, but life
is complicated sometimes,
and simplifying things can
feel overwhelming—which, of course, is exactly the opposite
of what simplifying your life is all about. Don’t worry, you do
not have to change everything
at once. Simplifying your life
will eventually give you more time, space, and energy. But simple doesn’t always mean
easy. Simplifying your life means taking responsibility for oneself, reflecting on your habits and choices, and developing discipline and willpower.
Design Your Day
you are sure to have higher medical needs over the long term. We could be talking years from now, but imagine frequent doctor visits, hospitalization, going to the pharmacist, getting therapy, having surgery, taking insulin shots. Being unhealthy
is complicated. Establishing healthy eating and exercise habits simplifies all of that greatly.
Set a Single Goal
a bill-paying routine, an evening routine. Designing your day with routine builds habits that will enable you to be mindful of how you spend your time each day. Daily practices also help you
add new, desired behaviors into your daily routine. These new habits and routines can help you navigate your way to a healthier and more satisfying life at a time in history when most older adults will experience longer lives than ever before.
Practicing gratitude helps
you focus on what you have done in your life as well as
what you can still accomplish. Making time to practice gratitude clears the mental clutter and unnecessary chatter. When you catch yourself engaging in toxic thinking habits, take a deep breath, remind yourself it's not helpful, and proactively list three things you are grateful for today. This helpful habit will shift your mindset to a more positive one and will help you focus on the good things in your life!
The secret to simplifying your life isn’t a secret. Instead of having many goals, simplify it to one important goal. Not only will this make you less stressed, it will make you more successful. You will be able to focus on that one small, attainable goal, and give
Simplifying your life is a journey, not a destination. It can often be a journey of two steps forward, and one backward. As you establish your habits and plans for the new year, stop and ask yourself, “Will this simplify my life?” if the answer is no, you may want to reconsider.
do, from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep? Make
a list and evaluate whether the activities you are doing are in line with your priorities. If not, eliminate the things that aren’t, and focus on what’s important. The key to keeping your life simple is to create simple routines — a morning routine,
Practice Gratitude
 it all your energy. That gives you much better chances for success.
Reduce Your To-Do List
Do you create a long list of things to do each day? Writing a long list of things you probably won’t get done by the end of the day sets a stressful and unrealistic
Prioritize Health
Health is made up of several things including nutrition and exercise. It might not be obvious how prioritizing health relates
  Assistive Technology to Help You Through the Winter
By: Carolyn Boyle, Assistive Technology Coordinator
 Winters in Michigan can
feel cold, dark, and very long. With many making the effort
to stay safe at home during the pandemic, this winter may feel even longer, especially if you have a caregiver who is unable to visit you as frequently. Don’t worry, there are several assistive technology devices to help you get through the winter. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Therapy Light. Light therapy
even help improve memory. Therapy lights have become very affordable and are available at many stores such as Target or online at Amazon.
2. Double Spatula. If you need a little assistance preparing meals for yourself in the kitchen, a double spatula is a great tool. This device is great for people with the
use of one hand or those with low vision. This handy cooking aid can be found in stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, or online through
Amazon for about $15.
3. Button Hook/Zipper Pull. Small buttons and zippers can prove difficult when getting dressed as we age, lose feeling in our hands, or have vision impairments. A button hook or zipper pull can be very useful in helping you get dressed independently.
For more ideas of assistive technology that can help you live more independently and safely this time of year, please contact us at (269) 441-0949. Call us, we’re here to help!
 helps with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), depression, sleep, and studies show it may

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