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Seniors

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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Published February 22, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Originally pitched by a Shelby Township resident at a Utica Community Schools Board of Education meeting, the idea to use the vacant Ewell Elementary School building has been gaining momentum as a solution to the problem of the overcrowded Shelby Community Center.

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Published February 9, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Township officials have approved a consent judgment allowing the Blossom Ridge senior housing development and the rezoning of an additional piece of property near Adams and Silverbell roads.

Under the terms of the consent judgment, Blossom Ridge — to be located at the northwest corner of Dutton and Adams roads — will hold 189 senior housing units of a variety of sizes and types.  

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Published February 9, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Remember all those afternoons you spent as a teenager at the movie theater with friends?

Guess what — that experience is even more fun when you’re older.

That’s what keeps more mature cinema fans coming back to free movie Fridays at the Bloomfield Township Senior Center. For several years, the center has hosted films every Friday afternoon and, according to Bloomfield Township Senior Services Director Christine Tvaroha, the tradition has only gained in popularity.

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Published February 3, 2016

A new exercise program offered in Troy uses boxing moves and yoga stretches to ease the effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement and often includes tremors, slowness of movement, rigidity in the limbs and trunk, and impaired balance and coordination.

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Published February 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Feeling stressed? Want to meet new friends?

Then grab your markers and head over to the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.

The Coloring Social Circle meets at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays at the center, located at 20000 Stephens St. The group was formed to help members experience the health benefits of adult coloring: “By engaging multiple parts of the brain while coloring, focusing on the lines, movements and colors, we can de-stress,” according to its newsletter.

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Published January 26, 2016

ROCHESTER — Local seniors have been hard at work training to compete in the 2016 Michigan Senior Olympics Winter Games, which will be held Feb. 9-15 at various locations throughout Oakland and Macomb counties.

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Published January 6, 2016

CLAWSON — After receiving two artificial knees, Sylvia Fry knew her days of traditional aerobicizing were over.

But that didn’t stop Fry from making sure she continued to exercise on a regular basis by visiting the Hunter Community Center.

“My doctor said any exercise that you do is better than nothing,” she said.

Fry, 76, attends chair yoga and chair exercise classes at the center and said it keeps her feeling great. The classes are free. Donations are suggested, but not required.

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