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The end of Daylight Saving Time affects Older Adults
This Sunday, November 2nd, marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Be sure to set your clock back 1 hour as Standard Time resumes.
Many older adults experience changes in their sleep patterns, the time spent outdoors, and time spent with friends. For some, shorter days mean more isolation because they can’t or prefer not to drive in the dark. Some also feel the urge to go to bed when it gets dark, only to find that they can’t sleep through the night.
Social isolation can pose health risks, brought on by feelings of loneliness that can lead to depression. It’s important to take advantage of the daylight hours to connect with friends and get in some exercise.
Senior Services offers a variety of programs that enable you to meet new people, enjoy a meal, and exercise , including: Arthritis Exercise Support, Chair Yoga, Tai Chi, Card Games, Ballroom and Country Line Dance, Congregate Meals, Art Class, and provides services such as Therapeutic Massage and Senior Foot Clinic.
In addition, our Grief Support program helps those who have lost a loved one, and guides participants through the stages of grief, especially relevant as the holidays are fast approaching. For more information on these and our over 20 programs, just call 382-0515 and speak to our Customer Service Specialist. Regardless of the Time Zone, we are here to serve you, mind, body and spirit!
Senior Companion, Foster Grandparents Celebrate Milestone Events
This month two of our agency programs are celebrating milestone anniversaries. This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Senior Companion Program (SCP) and the 15th anniversary of the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP). Both programs were initiated on a national level as part of the “War on Poverty” in the early 1960’s and 1970’s.
Each program utilizes the life experience and knowledge of low income older adults as volunteers to provide one-to-one support to adults with special needs, helping them to maintain the highest level of independence possible and to children, helping them reach their full potential.
To help offset the cost of volunteering, Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents receive a TAX-FREE hourly stipend of $2.65/hour. Volunteers in both programs commit to 15-40 hours of service weekly and are assigned to 5-10 individuals.
In both programs 35-40 volunteers provide an average 39,500 of service each year. Volunteer commitment in these programs is strong with almost 50% of our current volunteers having served 5 or more years and 7 volunteers have served more than 10 years. Congratulations to all those involved with the Senior Companion and/or Foster Grandparent Program serving as a valuable community resource for many years!
Medicare Open EnrollmentEach year Medicare holds an open enrollment period where Medicare beneficiaries can change Medicare Part D plans. This year the open enrollment period is from October 15, 2014 to December 8, 2014. Plans adjust their premium costs and what they cover often, so even if you have been enrolled in a Part D prescription plan previously, it’s a good idea to review your plan annually during this open enrollment period. Even changes in the medications that you are taking can be a good reason to review and compare each year.
Senior Services’ Medicaid/Medicare Assistance Program (MMAP) is composed of trained volunteer counselors who assist with Medicare, Medicaid, supplemental insurance, long term care and prescription coverage options at no charge. For more information about MMAP or Open Enrollment, just call 382-0515 ext. 201 if you reside in Kalamazoo County, or call 1-800 803-7174 to be directed to a counselor in your County.
Tuesday Toolmen Celebrate 20 years of Service
Senior Services hosted the 20th Anniversary Celebration of our own Tuesday Toolmen on Tuesday, September 23.
The Tuesday Toolmen are a group of retired individuals that unselfishly volunteer their skills, talents and tools to provide emergency home repairs and safety and accessibility modifications to low-income seniors in Kalamazoo. Last year the Toolmen volunteered a total of 2,231 hours of service to the community. Each of the Toolmen, who range in age from 63 – 88 years young, brings a unique set of skills and knowledge to the program.
“I look forward to each Tuesday and working with these guys” says volunteer coordinator Brian Penny. “They donate their time and talents to help make the world a little better place for older adults in our community. I tell them, when I grow up, I want to be a Tuesday Toolmen!”
Join Senior Services and others in our region who are supporting this year's campaign.
The latest "Best of Care" Catalog is now 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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