Seniors

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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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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