Published September 28, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Reintroducing seniors to the wealth of history that Detroit has to offer, this year’s Senior Expo at Assumption Cultural Center will feature speeches from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and WDIV host Chuck Gaidica, as well as health screenings and more to help seniors as they age.

This year’s theme is a celebration of Detroit, said Senior Expo Chairperson Terri Murphy.

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Published September 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After overcoming debilitating back surgery that ended his firefighting career, and then a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery a decade later, a Shelby Township man made a commitment to physical fitness that saved his life.

David Palugyay’s most recent accomplishment in his fitness journey is a gold medal and state record in his age and weight class in the bench press division of the Michigan Senior Olympics, which took place at the Rochester Athletic Club Aug. 15.

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Published September 13, 2016

The smell of baking apples, cinnamon and pie crust hits you the moment you walk through the door.

It’s apple pie time at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center.

A fall tradition, shoppers were lined up to purchase their pies Sept. 13, and organizers said they expected to sell out before the end of the week.

Christine Sable, of St. Clair Shores, said she always tries to make it to the center in September to pick up a pie or four.

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Published August 30, 2016

ROCHESTER — Each September, the halls of the Older Persons’ Commission fill with the intoxicating aromas of apples and cinnamon as thousands of homemade pies are baked.

The OPC first started its popular apple pie fundraiser in 1975, and it has sold an amazing 63,000 pies since, all to benefit the OPC’s Meals on Wheels program.

Meals on Wheels is designed for senior citizens 60 and older who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to physical or mental impairments related to age or a medical condition.

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Published August 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township will collect donations of canned pet food, sealed bags of dry pet food and pet food coupons through Sept. 16 to give relief to low-income senior pet owners.

The initiative kicked off when township employees heard from Meals on Wheels volunteers that seniors living in Macomb County-subsidized senior housing complexes were sharing delivered meals with their furry companions.

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Published August 3, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — A little box can make a big difference for independent seniors aging in place.

The Birmingham Fire Department announced recently that like many other communities in the Eagle’s coverage area, they’ve teamed up with the company Knox Box to provide seniors with secured key boxes that allow first responders to enter their residence in case of emergency.

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Published July 13, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — In early June, Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis went on a ride-along with Meals on Wheels. He visited nearly a dozen households, encountering seniors who were struggling in a variety of ways.

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Published July 13, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — For many senior citizens living in Macomb County, a special dog or cat may be their only companion. 

And while they provide unconditional love and companionship, their presence may be a burden on the low-income owners who keep them.

“In many cases, these seniors that are low-income or no-income wind up giving their own food to their pets. They’ll go hungry before their pets go hungry,” said Diana Rascano, president and co-founder of 4 Paws 1 Heart in St. Clair Shores.

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Published June 22, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Memberships at the Older Persons’ Commission are rapidly expanding, according to OPC Executive Director Renee Cortright, who said that it’s become critical that the center find creative alternatives to expand its available parking.

Thankfully, Cortright said, the OPC can now rest at ease knowing that its parking will be able to meet the area’s growing senior demographic thanks to the recent donation of 2.36 acres of land to the east of the OPC’s upper parking lot that were owned by Par Pharmaceutical.

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Published June 8, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  One in 24 older adults is a victim of elder abuse, neglect or abandonment.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, and the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at Jewish Senior Life invites the public to kick off Senior Power Days on Belle Isle and bring awareness to the silent epidemic at a community event held on Belle Isle 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

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Published June 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — Registration for the Michigan Senior Olympics is fast approaching for the 37th annual Summer Games, and organizers are hoping seniors from across the state will sign up to showcase their athletic talents.

The 2016 Michigan Senior Olympics Summer Games will be held Aug. 12-22 at various locations throughout Oakland and Macomb counties.

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Published June 1, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Thousands of people will lace up their running shoes and hit the trails June 4 to support the Older Persons’ Commission’s Meals on Wheels program.

Matthew Spierling, head of health and wellness at OPC, said the purpose of the 5K Run or Walk for Meals, now in its 10th year, is to encourage the community to get active while raising money for Meals on Wheels.

“This year is kind of special because we are making a special announcement on the day of the event about OPC’s future,” Spierling said.

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Published May 25, 2016

WARREN — Roaming bands of “professional actors” bent on bilking seniors out of their nest eggs are the subject of a new law enforcement crackdown in Warren and neighboring communities.

Mayor Jim Fouts said earlier this month that he had directed the Police Department to spearhead a new task force dedicated to thwarting senior scams and the traveling bands of thieves known to prey on the elderly.

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Published May 18, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Older Persons’ Commission is giving community members of all ages, not just seniors, a chance to reconnect with their minds, bodies and spirits this weekend.

The community senior center’s first Mind-Body-Spirit Day, which will begin at 8 a.m. May 21, is a special event featuring health and wellness activities such as tai chi, yoga, and breathing and relaxation techniques. Residents of all ages from Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township are invited to sample the activities.

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Published May 16, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The 27th annual Senior Fun Fest is coming back to give metro Detroit seniors valuable tips on staying healthy and active.

The Senior Fun Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens.

The event, organized each year by Macomb Community Action’s Office of Senior Services, will offer a variety of free health screenings, fitness demonstrations, wellness activities, cooking demonstrations and community resource providers, combined with entertainment including live music and bingo.

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Published April 18, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Retirement just isn’t what it used to be.

There was a time when turning 65 meant a quiet life confined to a checker board in a retirement community down South. But now that the baby boomers are getting ready to punch the time clock for the last time, that just won’t do. The over-65 cohort will make up nearly 20 percent of the nation’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and their retirement needs are unlike any in our nation’s history.

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Published March 23, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The study of bringing senior alternative housing options into Huntington Woods will enter its second phase after the City Commission approved funds March 15 to hold two public forums on the matter.

In August of last year, the commission approved phase one of the study, headed by City Planner Hank Berry, after the Senior Advisory Committee had been using subcommittees to review the needs of the city’s senior population, including housing alternatives.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 71, Shelby Township resident Marika Vorosmarty-Blumerick does not let anything slow her down. Last year, she was inducted into the Michigan Senior Olympics Hall of Fame and, recently, she received recognition from the National Senior Games Association.

In 1945, a bomb blast destroyed her hearing as an infant while her parents were fleeing Hungary during World War II. Her father, a high-ranking government official, opted to emigrate to protect his family.

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Published March 15, 2016

Sterling Heights has done some of the heavy lifting in arranging options for senior citizens and other residents who live in the city who have difficulty with shoveling snow or mowing lawns by themselves.

During a March 1 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool reminded residents that some people are eligible to receive assistance in the areas of grass cutting, snow removal or odd household jobs.

According to Vanderpool, one group that offers such help for seniors is Macomb Community Action, through the Senior Citizen Chore Service program.

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Published February 24, 2016

Choosing a firm that’s done similar work in the area, City Council approved Partners in Architecture, of Mount Clemens, to design the plans for a $1.7 million project to renovate and expand the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.

“You want the best person for the job, not necessarily the cheapest,” said City Manager Michael Smith. “One group really stood out.”

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