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Seniors

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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Published June 7, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After months of waiting and years of planning, members of the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center are finally able to enjoy the first parts of the expansion project to open.

Much of the expansion focused on a 2,800-square-foot fitness center, and crews have completed that portion of the work, so it is now open for members’ use.

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Published May 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With construction continuing on a large senior living facility on Jefferson Avenue, the developer returned to City Council with some requests for changes to the plan.

Mike Parks, of Cypress Partners, said that winter rains had pushed the project about three weeks behind schedule on the Lakeshore Senior Living project on the site of the former St. Gertrude Church on Jefferson Avenue, north of Martin Road. Nevertheless, he said that they anticipate finishing the project the first week of November.

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Published May 24, 2017

METRO DETROIT — In December, Bloomfield Township resident Virginia Lee Smith will be 100 years old.

Closing in on such an impressive milestone means Smith moves a little slower than she used to, though she’s still moving just fine with a little help from a walker. And she’s not working full time at the library that employed her for decades and that she even helped to found, but she’s still there several times a week to help out as a volunteer.

Smith said she just can’t seem to let go of the things she’s passionate about.

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Published April 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Progress continues to be made on the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center, with a bid approved for equipment for the newly expanded fitness center at the April 17 City Council meeting.

“This has been a process over the last couple years, looking at different fitness centers, getting different ideas,” said Parks and Recreation Director Greg Esler. “This really went super well. We have a spacious new fitness center that, hopefully, is going to be operational in six to seven weeks.” 

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Published April 19, 2017

TROY — The Troy Planning Commission asked a developer to come back with a different design for a 244-bed skilled nursing facility on 8.23 acres at the southwest corner of Maple and Axtell roads. 

Troy Senior Leasing asked the Planning Commission at its April 11 meeting to consider preliminary site plans for the facility in an industrial/business district that would be located on the site of the now-vacant McGregor’s manufacturing plant, which was approved for a 248-unit apartment complex in 2014. 

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Published April 19, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — It was a happy ending for an 87-year-old Birmingham resident who two months ago thought she was out $30,000 at the hands of a phone scammer.

According to Cmdr. Chris Busen, of the Birmingham Police Department, the resident first reported the scam Feb. 24, after she had already wired thousands of dollars to India as payment for what she thought was a remote computer repair.

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Published April 18, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — If you or someone you know is a homebound senior who could use a personal caregiver, then Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis would like to speak to you. You may qualify for free home care through programs such as Home Help, and Soltis can assist you in the application process.

All you have to do is pick up the phone and call him at (248) 219-6381.

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Published April 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTES/HARPER WOODS — Services for Older Citizens, which provides programs and assistance for seniors in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, is getting a boost from Community Development Block Grant funds.

SOC, located at 158 Ridge Road in Grosse Pointe Farms, will receive nearly half of the roughly $280,000 that the five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods have been awarded this year, thanks to a new effort introduced by Wayne County to encourage municipalities to pool their CDBG funds to have a bigger impact.

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Published March 29, 2017

TROY — Carol Waarala has firsthand experience with a loved one experiencing dementia.

Waarala was a caregiver for her father, who had Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia for 20 years.

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Published March 29, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield officials say they have long been focused on creating an enriched community that welcomes everyone  — young and old.

According to Karen Schrock, chair of the Southfield Commission on Senior Adults, the city has recently bumped up efforts to provide resources for its aging population.

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Published February 22, 2017

TROY — Caring for elderly loved ones who are physically frail or who have impaired memory can be a full-time job. 

Caregivers often go without sleep, and they can find it challenging and stressful to care for a loved one with dementia or other health issues. 

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan will offer a free program, Caring for the Caregiver, March 9.

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Published February 15, 2017

METRO DETROIT — With studies showing that keeping your brain active prevents the onset of dementia, more and more people are looking to find ways to do just that.

The answer might be in your own neighborhood.

Aging populations have led to a proliferation of senior centers, with one in almost every community offering card groups, book clubs, knitting circles and more.

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