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Senior Services joins Meals on Wheels Nationwide movement, ‘March for Meals’
This March, hundreds of local meals on Wheels program across the country will reach out to their communities to build the support to enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to older adults in their communities. Senior Services of Southwest Michigan is joining this national movement and we are asking for your support.
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You can volunteer: Do you want to meet new friends, brighten someone’s day and feel good about yourself? We have a great opportunity for you; become a Meals on Wheels volunteer in Kalamazoo or Calhoun County! The schedule is flexible, the time commitment is 1.5 to 2 hours a day, week or month – however it best fits into your schedule. You don’t have to wait until March to sign up; just call 382-0515 today.
According to Meals on Wheels of America, Federal Funding is not keeping pace with the need. The senior population has grown 34% and funding (adjusted for inflation) has decreased by 18% over the past 30 years. We need your financial support. Please consider a donation to Senior Services to help ensure that frail, homebound, older adults receive nutritious meals in their home.
Tell us your story! We are collecting testimonials, stories, videos, and pictures for: publications, marketing materials, website, and community engagement. A picture paints a thousand words and powerful storytelling makes an emotional connection with current and prospective supporters. Call and talk with Cristin, Meals on Wheels Program Supervisor, or send your photos or stories to Senior Services.
There will be more opportunities to get involved, so be sure to check back here for updates. Volunteer, give or speak out today and partner with us to help us keep frail, homebound, older adults independent, safe and healthy at home
Kalamazoo County Advocates for Senior Issues (KCASI)
is kicking off its first program of the year on Monday, February 15 with a presentation from the veteran’s office. Also, Senator Margaret O’Brien will be present to update us on veteran’s (and other) issues (she is chair of the Veteran’s Committee in the state of Michigan Senate).
Please click here for a flyer with more detailed information.
February is American Heart Month
The heart, a symbol of love, it must be strong and healthy if we are to live long productive lives. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure – is the number 1 killer of woman and men in the United States.
How can we stay ‘Heart Healthy?’ Here are a number of risk factors you can control:
- Eat a healthy diet – limit sodium, eat plenty of fish fruits and vegetables, eat foods low in saturated fat trans-fat and high in fiber
- Physical activity – exercise lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
- Tobacco use – Cigarette smoking greatly increase your risk for CVD. Ask your doctor for ways to help you quit
- Obesity – To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, healthcare professionals often calculate a number called body mass index (BMI). If you know you are overweight, follow the healthy diet guidelines
- High blood pressure – High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis, or check your own at home.
- Diabetes – If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely and talk with your health care team about treatment options.
Senior Services offers exercise programs that can help you get started in the right direction. In addition, our Food for All program is an affordable option and is available for anyone. Good, nutritious, made from scratch meals are delivered right to your door.
To learn more, just call 382-0515 or visit www.seniorservices1.org
Food For All – Nutritious meals delivered right to your door!
The Food For All program is designed for any person living within Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties who would like the convenience of a home-delivered meal. Food For All provides you with the best quality foods in the most convenient way, prepared by a kitchen staff with a combined total of over 85 years of culinary experience.
Our chef-prepared meals are prepared in our state-of-the-art kitchen located in Kalamazoo. Our meals are fresh, delicious and delivered to you by our courteous delivery staff. We offer a variety of meals based on your needs from a choice of plans. One call to our customer service staff will get our quality meals delivered to you – at an affordable price.
Every Food For All meal is prepared using nutritional guidelines from health and nutrition experts. You can choose from a variety of options that fit your special nutritional needs: low fat, low sodium, or diabetic friendly meals. If you are changing your eating habits for medical reasons or for weight loss purposes, we recommend that you check with your physician to determine if our meals are appropriate for you.
Food For All is the perfect gift for: someone recuperating at home after a hospital stay, someone who does not have a care provider, or someone who finds it difficult to drive at night or in wintery conditions. You can start and stop delivery as needed. Why not give it a try? For more information, just click on “Food For All’ under Community and Home Based Services in the left hand column, or call us at (269) 382-0515 today!
Affordable In-Home Support Services
As summer winds down, thoughts turn towards preparing for the fall and winter months. Let us help you or your loved ones with some affordable In-Home support Services.
Navigator: Provides customers with the opportunity to discuss family needs with a professional in aging services. Cost of service is based on length and complexity of the assessment and care plan.
Home Care: In-home care includes a wide variety of services, from personal care to home making, shopping assistance, and so much more. Our hourly rates are very competitive and based on the type of service provided.
To learn more about our 20 programs under one roof, call 382-0515 today!
Want to make A Difference?
Why not give it a try? Just call 382-0515 and see how easy it is to get started. Meals on Wheels; a small commitment that brings big rewards
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