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Holiday Note: Our offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday November 27-30. We will re-open on Monday December 1st at 8:30 a.m.
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Holiday Health Tips for Seniors
Thanksgiving can be fun for some and emotionally and physically challenging for others. Here are a few tips to a healthier Thanksgiving - and holiday - season:
Dine with Others. Many seniors enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in the company of others. Sharing the holiday not only lifts your spirits, but provides a well-balanced healthy meal. If you're able, dine with friends, if not; be sure to connect with them by phone. The holidays are good time to reminisce and reconnect.
Take care of your heart. Calories and fat still count during the holidays. Overeating can lead to everything from heartburn to a heart attack. Limit high-fat choices and replace them with plenty of vegetables and lean white meat.
Drink in moderation. Besides a hangover and obvious safety hazards, over-imbibing can have many negative effects, including depression, an inflammation of the pancreas, hepatitis and an irregular heartbeat. Limit your intake to no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men.
Plan ahead. Be sure to have an up-to-date list of medications you are taking. If you do face a health emergency during the holidays, it's important for your doctor to know your current medical conditions and have a list of your medications.
Keep your health in focus. If you feel under the weather - physically or mentally - during the holidays, don't wait to visit your doctor. Colds, flu and depression are much more common during this season.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Senior Services!
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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