Senior Services of Southwest Michigan
Meeting the needs of Older Adults and those with disabilities in Southwest Michigan

Who we are ...


Senior Services is one of the largest and most comprehensive organizations serving older adults and persons with disabilities anywhere.  We provide vital, life sustaining services to our clients.  Serving Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties, as well as other portions of Southwest Michigan, our organization has been caring for those in need for over 50 years.  Our integrated model of care helps keep our clients living safely within their own homes.  With just one call to Senior Services a complete array of services become available.  When you call Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, "One call does it all".


To learn more about our nationally recognized organization or any of our services, please click on the name of any of the programs in the column on the left side of every page of our website.  Click here to view our Mission, Vision and Values.

 

 

Can the switch to Daylight Saving Time Affect our Health?

 

Sunday, March 8th marks the change to Daylight Savings Time, a sure sign that spring is right around the corner!  It’s important to note that time changes can have negative effects on our health, especially for older adults.


Here are some interesting findings
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Sleep: The days following the clock change can lead to grogginess and loss of mental acuity, which could result in mistakes with medication management and lead to falls.

Heart attack – According to a 2008 study published by researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, heart attack rates spike by about 5 % in the days after the March time change and drop in occurrence in the fall, when the clocks get turned back.

Car crash – According to Canadian research, the Monday morning immediately  following the ‘Spring Forward’ time change there are as many as 17% more fatal car crashes than normal. Researchers speculate that the phenomenon is due to an increase in sleepy drivers, and those running late for work. 

 

The biggest problem that older adults have with daylight saving time is loss of sleep. A change in a senior’s natural biological rhythms may cause an increase in disorientation and erratic behavior according to Matthew Mingrone, M.D. of EOS Sleep California centers.

 

Tips for adjusting to daylight saving time:

Adhere to a regular sleep pattern to help keep your internal cycle on track

Stay away from sleep disrupters: caffeine, alcohol, over the counter sleep medications and naps, the days around a time change

Get some sun – sunlight helps regulate your body’s natural rhythms.

Exercise – walk, jog, bike or swim – in late afternoon or early evening – second best, take a hot bath. This will raise your body temperature and gradually lower it before bed time which helps to produce sleep -inducing melatonin.


Make sure you have a good sleep environment – dark, cool and quiet.

 

Save the Date! 7th Annual Charity Golf Event June 1, 2015


Senior Services of Southwest Michigan is happy to announce the sponsors already in place for our 7th Annual Charity Golf Event.  

- Title:
 New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living,
- Signature:
Langeland Family Funeral Homes,
- Dinner:
Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU),
- Player Gift Bag:
The Laurels of Galesburg,
- Golf Cart:  
Allegra Print & Marketing
- Lunch: Life EMS,

- Breakfast: Kalamazoo Community Foundation,
- Best of Care:
Corey’s Bootery.
 

We sincerely thank these Sponsors for partnering with us for our 2015 Charity Golf Event.


More sponsorship opportunities are available! Sponsorships help us raise funds to serve older adults in our community. Help us help those in need while enjoying a great day of golf, food and friends at beautiful Gull Lake Country Club!

If you would like to sign up to golf or sponsor NOW, just click on ‘7th Annual Charity Golf Event’ at top or ‘Early Bird Registration’. You can also call Tonee at 382-0515 x162 or Kathleen x114 if you have any questions.


Early Bird registration ($100 a player and $400 a team) ends March 31s  - after that its $125 per player and $500 team.  


Remember, Monday June 1st 2015 Gull Lake Country Club ~ Golf for a Good Cause!


The latest "Best of Care" Catalog is available on-line...


You can click here to view Southwest Michigan's premier catalog of resources for older adults. 
This outstanding publication is in high demand and now you can access it from anywhere via the web.  You can also pick up your free copy at our offices in Kalamazoo.  We are located at 918 Jasper Street, just south of downtown Kalamazoo.  We are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


Senior Safety Booklet is now available on-line...


CLICK HERE to view the latest edition of the Triad Senior Safety Tips booklet. For older adults and the people who care or them, this booklet is making the community safer, with 22 current safety topics, and several Kalamazoo County resources and directories.
You'll always be able to find the link to the Senior Safety Tips booklet in the column on the left side of every page of our website under the "Other Important Resources" heading.  You can also pick up free copies at our main offices at 918 Jasper Street in Kalamazoo during business hours.  You can also contact Traci Furman at 269-382-0515, extension 123.



      

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Senior Services is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and is a long standing member of the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce.  Senior Services is also accredited by the Better Business Bureau of West Michigan.


                

 

 

 

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