Seniors

Published November 16, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY —  A local organization is bridging the generation gap between seniors and children, and it is looking for more volunteers to help make a difference. 

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Published October 16, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The township is partnering with Macomb County Animal Control, the Macomb Food Program, Clinton Township and Pet Supplies Plus to help elderly pet owners living in county-subsidized senior housing complexes.

The initiative kicked off when township employees heard from Meals on Wheels volunteers that seniors were sharing delivered meals with their furry companions. There are seven such complexes in the county that allow pets.

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Published October 11, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Across southeastern Michigan, residents were invited to discuss challenges that young people face in their community over a meal recently.

The discussions were part of a community engagement event called On the Table, organized by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Published October 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The sale of Shelby Manor has a firm new sell-by date: Dec. 15, 2017.

Township Attorney Rob Huth has been working with the purchaser to find a favorable compromise for both parties. Two new developments recently approved by the Board of Trustees include lowering the purchase price to $14 million and extending the due diligence period another 30 days.

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Published September 26, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Seniors in West Bloomfield can attend lectures, make new friends and learn new things with the Jewish Community Center’s Institute for Retired Professionals, or IRP. 

“You don’t need to be retired. You don’t need to be a professional,” said Sharon Levine, director of the program. “Some people are still working too.”

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Published September 26, 2017

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Take a walk down memory lane and get tips and information for your life now at the 2017 Senior Expo.

Open 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road, the 24th annual Senior Expo has exhibits and giveaways, complimentary lunch, raffles, entertainment, and plenty of information for older adults and caregivers. 

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Published September 20, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — In the next step toward becoming an Age Friendly Community, the Southfield Council on Senior Adults will host a community conversation on senior living 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

In June, the city, along with officials from AARP, hosted a kickoff event to launch a five-year project to become an AARP-designated Age Friendly Community, making Southfield a welcoming place for seniors.

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Published September 15, 2017

CENTER LINE — The delivery was delayed an hour by traffic on the freeway Sept. 12, but eventually, two trucks rolled into the parking lot at the Center Line Park Towers, where dozens of seniors waited to receive fresh produce, milk, bread and food safety tips. 

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Published September 13, 2017

SOUTHFIELD —  May we have this dance?

Whether you’re a ballroom beginner or hustle extraordinaire, the Southfield Human Services Department is inviting seniors to strap on their dancing shoes and head over to the Parks and Recreation Building, 26000 Evergreen Road, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 for a Senior Dance and Soiree.

Human Services Department office coordinator Rhonda Terry said the event will feature beginner, intermediate and advanced dance instruction from Maurice Adams, of Mr. Smooth Ballroom Co., and a live DJ.

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Published September 13, 2017

An important part of the renovations at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center is complete, just in time for the center’s biggest fundraising project of the year.

Senior Center Director Carly Podzikowski said that the renovated kitchen passed inspection Sept. 6, allowing the center to reopen after six months for lunches for members of the center Sept. 7, just in time for the annual sale of homemade apple pies.

“Pretty much everything’s back to normal,” she said Sept. 12.

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Swimmers who do laps, exercise classes or therapy sessions at one of the two pools at the Older Persons’ Commission are now swimming in healthier water, thanks to two new ultraviolet filtering systems.

“We wanted to provide the best water and air quality possible, and it turns out that the ultraviolet disinfection system is just the way to do that. It provides cleaner water, cleaner air, and it will ultimately save us on some of our chemical costs,” said Victor Dorer, head of facility operations at the OPC.

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Published September 5, 2017

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Grab your sneakers, your water bottles and your walker, if you use one. The first-ever 5K Compassion Walk to benefit Bloomfield Township Senior Services is just around the corner.

The family-friendly event aims to raise money for the center’s Meals on Wheels services, as well as the Friendship Club Adult Day Service program.

Bloomfield Township Senior Center Director Christine Tvaroha said she’s really excited for the event, which she hopes will become a fall tradition.

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Published August 15, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Marsha Koet, Farmington Hills Special Services’ senior services supervisor, wants people 50 and older to find their niche at the Farmington Hills Center for Active Adults inside the Costick Center. 

Swimming, volunteering, dining with friends — the Costick Center has it all, and Farmington and Farmington Hills residents 50 and older can find out all about it at the Newcomer Welcome Tour 10-11 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

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Published August 8, 2017

HARPER WOODS — National Church Residences Park Place, a senior living center in Harper Woods, is asking the community to come by and help make the neighborhood a little furrier and maybe a little healthier.

Park Place will be hosting its third annual “Ole Skool Lawn Party,” which will be incorporating the Mission Day initiatives of its parent company, National Church Residences. The event will be focused on raising money for a dog park for senior center residents.

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Published July 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Seniors across the state can showcase their athletic talents during the Michigan Senior Olympics Summer Games next month.

The majority of the 38th annual Michigan Senior Olympics Summer Games, open to seniors ages 50 and up, will be held Aug. 11-20 at various locations throughout Oakland and Macomb counties.

Michigan Senior Olympics Executive Director Becky Ridky said the event allows senior athletes, separated into five-year age groups, to compete in multiple sports. Seniors who wish to participate in the games have to register by July 21.

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Published June 21, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BEVERLY HILLS — Cris Braun, executive director of Birmingham Next, isn’t telling the members of the over-50 community that the center is moving to another building to make way for eight weeks of renovations. 

She’s telling senior center patrons they’ll be “summering in Beverly.”

“You know how they say ‘summering in the Hamptons,’” Braun said with a laugh. “That’s what we’re doing.”

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Published June 21, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 6, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Treasurer’s Office’s request to solicit proposals for Shelby Manor, a township-owned senior apartment complex located on Lakeside Boulevard.

Supervisor Rick Stathakis said he tasked Treasurer Michael Flynn with finding the funds to construct a new building on the municipal campus that would house the library and senior center, as recommended by the Community Center Advisory Board.

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Published June 7, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — City and AARP officials recently hosted an event to launch a five-year project to make Southfield a welcoming place for seniors.

Mayor Ken Siver and City Council President Myron Frasier — along with Karen Schrock, chair of the Southfield Commission on Senior Adults, and AARP Michigan Associate State Director Karen Kafantaris — hosted around 120 residents May 24 at the Southfield Pavilion to kick off the effort.

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