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Louie Tortorelli, 2015 STAR Award Winner
For the past 13 years, Tortorelli volunteered 30 hours a week at Green Meadow Elementary school, helping pupils with their academics through Senior Services of Southwest Michigan's Foster grandparent program. He has put in more than 17,000 volunteer hours total.
Louie Tortorelli helped hundreds of children improve their reading, math and social skills but the students also helped him -- providing purpose and motivation through his 17-year battle against cancer. S T
Sometimes, he didn't feel good, and would have to leave early - go to the hospital ... get blood transfusions," said Diana Vorholt, administrative assistant at the school."But that didn't stop him from coming," Vorholt added. "This was his job, his place ... he was always out there in his chair, waiting for the next child ... he's lived for his kids."
The cancer returned in January, however, and on April 16 Tortorelli died. He was 74.
STAR Awards also honored Max Walter, Community Leadership Winner.
Since retirement, Max has dedicated his time and talents to area organizations, among Senior Services of Southwest Michigan where he delivers meals every Thursday. He also volunteers as a craftsman at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Portage, a church he has attended for 47 years, the Knights of Columbus-Bingo, and Portage Senior Center. Last year Max logged more than 500 hours as a community volunteer.
When Max isn’t crafting items for his church, driving to and from the Portage Senior Center, or delivering meals to homebound older adults, he can be found shuttling a friend to kidney dialyses once a week. Water’s service has earned him a STAR Award for 2015, and although it’s appreciated, Walter said he sees his volunteering as something to keep him busy and enjoy.
Meals on Wheels had a special guest "hopper" this week. Mary Judnich from Senator Debbie Stabenow's office rode along on a Kalamazoo meal route to celebrate the national March for Meals campaign.
March for Meals is a national campaign sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America to raise awareness of the struggles faced by our aging neighbors and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Senior Services of Southwest Michigan has openings for regular or substitute drivers and hoppers for our Kalamazoo and Calhoun county routes. You can make a difference! Contact us at 269-382-0515 to learn more.
April – Stress Awareness and Management Month
Know your limits. Learn to say no. Taking on more that you can handle is a great recipe for stress.
Alter stressful situations. Express your feelings in an open and respectful way. When you ask someone to change, be willing to compromise and do the same.
Try changing how you react. Adapting to stressful situations can help regain your sense of control by altering your expectations and attitude.
Nurture yourself. Set side time to relax daily. Do something you enjoy whether it’s going for a walk, calling a friend, reading, etc. Concentrate on all the things you appreciate in your life; your own positive qualities and talents.
Increase your resistance to stress. Exercise regularly and eat a balance diet. Keep your energy up and mind clear with nutritious meals and snacks
Stress is defined as mental, emotional, or physical tension or strain and too much can negatively impact health. Make a conscious effort to look at the positive aspect of a situation to lower and manage stress. Learn to listen and not just react in order to get your point across.
Looking for ways to relax? Senior Services offers Yoga and Tai Chi, which incorporate gentle movements of body, weight and deep breathing. Research shows people who practice Yoga or Tai Chi several times weekly may receive health benefits such as stress relief, improved balance and mental focus, strengthened muscles and increased flexibility.
Call 382-0515 and sign up for a stress-relieving class today!
Scott Ward, Senior Services’ Chef/Food Service Manager Wins Top Community Award
Chef Scott recently competed in the Ministry with Community’s "Chefs Against Hunger" challenge and brought home the Gold! The mystery basket style competition allowed Scott only 45 minutes to plan and prepare a three course meal. Each course had to incorporate the two surprise ingredients, Cheez-Its and eggs. The challenge is designed to replicate the challenges of everyday cooking at Ministry with Community; having a very limited pantry of ingredients and an overabundance of certain donated items.
Chef Scott was the first Chef in the nine years of the event to get a perfect score in all of the judged areas. His first place win was followed with a tie for second between the Chefs from Bravo! Restaurant and Food Dance. Other Chefs in the competition represented: BOLD, The Union, The Radisson, Comensoli's, Gonzo's, Arcadia Brewing and Feed The World Cafe. Congratulations Chef Scott for a job well done!
7th Annual Charity Golf Event June 1st
Senior Services of Southwest Michigan is happy to announce the sponsors already in place for our 7th Annual Charity Golf Event at Gull Lake Country Club.
- Title: New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living,
- Snack Cart: Bronson Healthcare,
- Breakfast: Kalamazoo Community Foundation,
- Golf FORE Seniors: Borgess Health,
- Closest to the Hole: Benefits Planning Group,
We sincerely thank these Sponsors for partnering with us for our 2015 Charity Golf Event.
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.
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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