Join Us for a Community Night at Old Carolina Barbecue

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Save the Date for Senior Living Week 2015

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Counting Down to the 2014 Senior Living Week Expo

170082953Senior Living Week – Bringing together the people who provide senior living, housing and support services with seniors and their adult children!

The Senior Living Week Expo will take place on Friday, May 2nd from 8:30am – 3:00pm at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest (1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti). This is an opportunity for you and your family members to interact with service professionals, to visit senior housing communities, and to participate in numerous activities, including relevant educational programming on home & personal services, health and wellness, social services, home design and remodeling, financial services, and legal services. Information and resources are available to help you, and your family, make informed decisions that fit your needs, lifestyle, and budget.

DSC_1172Workshops at the Senior Living Week Expo

☐ 9:30 – 10:30 AM – Moving Made Easy – Addressing the Dynamics of Moving and Downsizing

☐ 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM – Faces of Aging: An Older Adult Couple’s Journey of Health & Wellness

☐ 1:15 – 2:30 PM – Behaviors & Health Issues Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters all events are offered free to the public. Whether you are an older adult looking to transition to a new living arrangement, have recently retired and are exploring options for the future, or are a caregiver caring for a spouse, a child, a parent, or a friend, you will not want to miss this important and FREE event.

The 2014 Senior Living Week Expo is made possible by these generous sponsors: Care Response Home Care; Evangelical Homes of Michigan; Glacier Hills Senior Living Community; United Methodist Retirement Communities; Brookhaven Manor Apartments; Hillside Terrace Retirement Community; Horizons Planning Corporation; Legacy Law Center; Linden Square Assisted Living Center; Sanctuary at St. Joseph’s Village; Silver Maples of Chelsea; UM Geriatrics Center; University of Michigan Health System; Home Instead Senior Care; Legacy Assisted Living Center; LifeChoices®; Gilbert Residence; Lurie Terrace Senior Apartments; and Towne Center Place.

For more information about the Expo, visit www.med.umich.edu/seniors; or call De Bora McIntosh at (734) 998-9338.

See you at the Open House!

Contributed by Paula Love, MA, Vice President, Brand Identity and Product Discovery, Evangelical Homes of Michigan

The UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors annual event Senior Living Week will again offer a variety of Open Houses at area senior living communities. The Open Houses are intended to provide seniors, their families, and their caregivers a closer look at the available housing options and lifestyle and care choices so they can make more informed decisions.

EVHofMI Blog Post 2 ImageJOIN US AT OUR 2014 SENIOR LIVING WEEK OPEN HOUSE AT BRECON VILLAGE
200 BRECON DRIVE • SALINE, MI
10 A.M. ON SATURDAY, MAY 3RD
Call to register 734-295-9292

Brecon Village, located among the rolling hills of Saline, puts our residents in the heart of a city with a vibrant social and cultural community. Brecon Village offers enticing options for Independent Living, Condominiums & Cottages, Assisted Living, Memory Support Center and Adult Day Care all with the comfort of knowing that should your needs change, 24-hour nursing and short-term rehabilitation are available just blocks away at Evangelical Home – Saline.

We encourage you to visit Brecon Village during our Senior Living Week 2014 Open House and experience the difference for yourself. You’ll have the opportunity to visit with residents and speak with our staff. To help plan for your open house visit, take a virtual tour of Brecon Village here.

Open House visitors will enjoy:
• Refreshments
• Tours of our campus
• Wellness activities
• Free gifts
• A chance to win our Grand Prize drawing

We look forward to seeing you at our Open House!

Also, please check out the May 2014 event schedule below and register today!

Senior Living Week 2014

  1. Friday, May 2nd, 10:45 a.m. – Participate in our Faces of Aging Workshop at the Senior Living Week Expo
  2. Saturday, May 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – Attend our Open House in Saline at Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive

Call De Bora McIntosh at 734-998-9338 to register for a Senior Living Week event.

Other Workshops in Washtenaw County in May

  1. Wednesday, May 14th, 2:00 p.m. – Register for our Retirement Discovery Workshop at Weber’s Inn
  2. Saturday, May 17th, 10:00 a.m. – Register for our Retirement Discovery Workshop at Weber’s Inn

Call 734-295-9292 or email us at marketing@evangelicalhomes.org to register for an event.

2104 Senior Living Week Workshops

Senior Living Week is a FREE opportunity to gather information and resources to help you and your loved ones make decisions for better living as you age. This year, there will be 13 workshops – 3 at the Senior Living Week Expo on Friday, May 2nd and 10 throughout Senior Living Week. This is your chance to hear from and speak with experts in health, memory loss, downsizing and moving, financial issues, legal issues, inter-generational communications, and more. Click on the dates below to learn more about the workshop topics and where they will be held.

Friday, May 2

Monday, May 5

Tuesday, May 6

Wednesday, May 7

Thursday, May 8

Friday, May 9

Registration is encouraged as some locations have limited seating. Please contact         De Bora McIntosh at (734) 998-9338 for more information.

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Random Acts of Kindness

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“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” –Mark Twain.

As you may or may not know, Random Acts of Kindness Week is coming up. There is even an organization that is dedicated to this cause. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to practice kindness and pass it on to others. This seems so simple, yet so few of us think about it. This is a huge challenge, as we are all so busy, because we tend to get caught up in our own lives.

While we have an entire week, and an organization, dedicated to doing random acts of kindness, there are people out there who make kindness an integral part of their lives and practice it all the time. One example of those who do random acts of kindness all the time is caregivers to seniors all over the country. Caregivers provide care to others, giving their time and energy to those who need it. They provide not only physical support, but also emotional support. Women and men regularly take the time to go grocery shopping for seniors, take them to doctor’s appointments, and run other errands. They also provide emotional support when seniors just want to sit and talk; they provide a compassionate ear. Sometimes caregivers have a choice in the role they play to seniors; sometimes they do not. Here are a few facts about caregivers (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

• There are approximately 34 million unpaid caregivers who provide care to those ill or disabled.

• An estimated 21% of households in the U.S. are impacted by caregiving responsibilities.

• Unpaid caregivers provide an estimated 90% of long-term care.

• The majority (83%) are family caregivers- family members, friends, and neighbors of all ages who are providing care for a relative.

I had the opportunity to witness the impact caregivers have on seniors while volunteering at a senior living community. The actions of these women and men would vary considerably. They would attend guest performances with seniors, making sure everyone was comfortably situated so they could get the most enjoyment from the event. Other times, caregivers would go on walks with the seniors, giving them a chance to enjoy some fresh air or just get some exercise. Additionally, I would observe them simply sitting with the seniors, reading, knitting, or watching TV. The action of merely providing company for the seniors made a significant and lasting impact on their lives. I was struck by the fact that while many of these actions were simple, they had a profound impact on the lives of everyone in the community. The caregivers’ time and commitment helped make the community feel like a home.

We see and experience random acts of kindness all the time, as it can take many forms. Caregivers to seniors are just one example. From the simplest random act of kindness, such as a smile, to the more involved, such as running errands, random acts of kindness can have a huge impact on the recipient, the giver, as well as everyone else.

What will your random act of kindness be this week, next week, and every week?