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Seniors

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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Published October 12, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A workshop during a Chippewa Valley Board of Education meeting Oct. 3 showed the potential benefits of providing technology devices for district students.

The district is considering seeking a new bond program for a wide range of improvements, and a program that would initially provide devices for high school students could be included as part of that plan. 

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Published October 12, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A “silver tsunami” is predicted for Oakland County, with 1 in 5 residents expected to be 55 or older within the next 10 years.

Moceri Cos. officials said they aim to provide options for those seniors with a $1.2 billion investment in “active luxury communities.”

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Published October 5, 2016

CENTER LINE  — An effort by Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers to provide senior citizens and disabled adults with one-on-one transportation to and from important medical appointments is getting a big lift from the Detroit-based Metro Health Foundation.

The foundation — dedicated to meeting community health care needs and ensuring access to medical care for the uninsured, underinsured and those without access to transportation — has awarded a grant of $22,700 to support the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers “Driven to Good Health” project.

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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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