Seniors

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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Published February 7, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Those with aging loved ones have many things to consider. But with a bit of planning comes peace of mind.

All are invited to attend a special seminar on elder care and end-of-life issues, set to take place Saturday, Feb. 11, at Madison Heights United Methodist Church, 246 E. 11 Mile Road.

Registration for the free event will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The first session is from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch. The second session is from 1 to 2 p.m.

A wide variety of topics will be discussed, including:

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Published February 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When Cece Giles got a call from a Meals on Wheels volunteer Jan. 18, she immediately got into the car and drove to her 90-year-old mother’s home in St. Clair Shores.

“Meals on Wheels called me and said, ‘Your mother didn’t answer the phone; she isn’t answering the door; something isn’t right,’” said Giles, who also lives in St. Clair Shores.

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Published January 31, 2017

BERKLEY — A donation from Beaumont Health to the city of Berkley will go toward helping transport seniors to where they need to go.

The $10,000 donation from Beaumont, which the city has been receiving for the past several years, will be used to help fund the city’s senior transportation program, which is run through the Parks and Recreation Department.

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Published January 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A revised construction plan means the kitchen and the activity room at the Senior Activity Center will be open until the beginning of March, instead of shutting down in December as originally planned.

“Instead of four phases of work, they cut it down to three phases,” said City Manager Michael Smith. “The timing of the phases changed when you go from four to three. They told me we’re right on schedule.”

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Published January 11, 2017

TROY — While the Troy Community Center is busy with fitness enthusiasts after the holidays, don’t let that stop you from coming in or checking it out. 

Troy Recreation Director Elaine Bo said that staff sold 100 memberships to the community center last week. 

She said one of the newer classes, Pound — a full-body cardio jam session that fuses cardio, Pilates, strength movements, plyometrics and isometric poses — is very popular. 

“The full-body circuit training class is also popular,” Bo said. 

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Published January 11, 2017

ROCHESTER — Pickleball player Glenn Geda has been competing in the Michigan Senior Olympics for the past six competitions.

“I’m 65 years old, and I haven’t lost my competitive will, so it’s nice to have some competition, and competition against my own age,” he said.

Geda, of Rochester Hills, came upon the sport by chance four years ago while accompanying his wife for a walk on the indoor track at the Older Persons’ Commission. He immediately fell in love with the game.

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Published January 4, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Near the end of the year, both Pleasant Ridge and Huntington Woods took a look at what they expected to receive as their federal Community Development Block Grant funding.

Pleasant Ridge expects to receive $6,000, the minimum funding it can get, which will be designated toward senior services and activities within the city.

City Manager James Breuckman said that all the money goes to senior services because it’s a very small amount of money, and senior activities are one of the allowed uses for CDBG funding.

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Published December 21, 2016

FRASER — It’s been about two years since discussion of Fraser’s senior housing facility became commonplace, with both seniors and concerned residents wondering what the building’s future would be — and whether seniors could still live there.

According to State Rep. Marilyn Lane, D-Fraser, everyone in the city can breathe a sigh of relief.

At the Dec. 8 Fraser City Council meeting, Lane provided feedback on the situation. She originally discussed the building at length publicly at the Aug. 11 City Council meeting.

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Published December 14, 2016

TROY — Residents who sell their works at the Creative Endeavors store in the Troy Community Center have expressed concern that the store may be moving to a different spot in the center. 

City leaders are considering using the space the store currently occupies as a wellness center, which would necessitate moving the store. 

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Published December 12, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council at its Dec. 5 meeting unanimously approved a contract with John of All Trades for the business to remove snow from the properties of senior citizens in the city.

The program is part of the Senior Home Chore Snow Removal Service, which is funded through Community Development Block Grant funds. The total cost is not to exceed $5,000.

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Published December 7, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Thanks to a Shelby Township resident and pickleball enthusiast’s $5,000 donation, players at the three pickleball courts in River Bends Park will be able to take a respite from the game and seek shade.

The Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department constructed a wooden pavilion and painted it royal blue and white to match the courts last month. The department now is finishing the cement work.

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Published November 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Florida-style senior living community is in the works for Macomb Township, and it would change the landscape of the local golf scene.

A development of more than 300 acres has been conceptualized for where Hickory Hollow Golf Club and Sycamore Hills Golf Club currently sit. 

Plans show that Hickory Hollow would be redeveloped for senior residences, while Sycamore Hills would become an 18-hole course.

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Published November 8, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — After the Clinton Township Civic Center received a parking lot and landscaping facelift, it’s now the Clinton Township Senior Center’s turn.

On Oct. 17, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved landscaping improvements that will improve the appearance of the island and north façade of the senior center building, in the southern end of the parking lot.

Public Services Director Mary Bednar said the new landscaping project is a transitional blending between native plants and stormwater.

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Published November 8, 2016

KEEGO HARBOR — The future of a Keego Harbor program that assists senior residents with plowing their driveways is being disputed again.

The snow removal service was discussed at the Oct. 20 City Council meeting, but it was tabled for a second time — it was postponed last year — and it is now slated to be discussed at the Nov. 17 meeting. 

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Published November 3, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Mary Buchan might as well be the face of the Costick Center.

The retiree, a Farmington Hills resident for the past 48 years, has swum at the Costick Center for the past 30 years  — and volunteered for 11 years — and isn’t stopping anytime soon.

“The Costick Center is a marvelous place to go to find people who have the same interest as you,” Buchan said during a recent interview. “When people start going to the Costick Center they get new friends.”

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Published November 3, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Are you a senior citizen with legal questions?

The Oakland County Bar Association might have your answer during a free Senior Law Day event 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road.

The Oakland County Bar Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is providing access via its Legal Services Committee, which can help seniors and their adult children with their inquiries during the event.

A welcome and introductory session is scheduled for 10-10:55 a.m.

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