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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Published December 8, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With 50 percent of the city’s population over 50 years old and about 30 percent over age 65, an increasing number of residents are approaching the age when they may need assistance to stay in their home or are caring for someone in that situation.

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Published December 2, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Millie Burns, 81, has enjoyed her life raising her eight children with her husband in metro Detroit.

But when her kids grew up and left the house and her husband passed away, Burns decided to venture out and experience Detroit in a new way with a senior group.

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Published November 4, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — In a world stricken by poverty and disease, the importance of something like Meals on Wheels can never be understated.

The program, which is part of the Office of Senior Services within the Macomb County Community Services Agency, is designed to feed senior citizens who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to mental or physical impairments.  

Distribution is pretty simple: Volunteers deliver hot and fresh food to seniors five days per week on a year-round basis.

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Published October 30, 2015

The Sterling Heights Senior Activity Center has been proactive in learning how to serve the center’s patrons, including those who have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other illnesses that cause progressive memory loss in older adults, city officials say.

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Published October 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — So many of us look forward to the day we retire — when the curtain closes on our working life and we can finally take a bow and enjoy time with family and friends, sans the responsibilities of the daily grind.

But now that seniors are living longer, stronger and more independently than ever, lots of retirees are opting to step back into the spotlight to take on what some experts call an “encore career.”

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