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; or call De Bora McIntosh at (734) 998-9338.

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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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See You at the 2014 Senior Living Week Expo

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

Evangelical Homes of Michigan welcomes the opportunity to share our continuum of care story with you. Please visit our booths at the 2014 Senior Living Week Expo on Friday, May 2 from 8:30am – 3:00pm.

We are also excited to bring you a new workshop topic: Faces of Aging: An Older Adult Couple’s Journey of Health & Wellness.

EHofMI Blog 1 photoOur Senior Vice President of Health Services & Solutions, Stephen H. Hopkins will take you on an uplifting journey of two people destined to be life-long soul mates. Told through a series of photographs that chronicle health challenges and wellness discovery at different stages of their lives. John and Linda face their health challenges in very different ways. Seen through the eyes and viewpoints of both John and Linda, together they confront the many trials and triumphs of aging. You’ll learn about the continuum of care and services available to them. Discover how you, like John and Linda, can confront aging challenges by maintaining your health through wellness at any age.


  1. May 2nd, 10:45 a.m. Participate in our Faces of Aging Workshop at the Senior Living Week Expo
  2. May 3rd, 10 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.

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

Call 734-295-9292 or email us at to register for an event.

Since 1879, Evangelical Homes of Michigan has continued to provide compassionate care and innovative solutions to older adults. We are a 134-year old, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, faith-based organization that provides healthcare, senior housing and community services to 3200 older adults annually, employs nearly 1000 Michiganders, and has provided $11.5 million in charitable care over the past five years.

To learn more about Evangelical Homes of Michigan and our services, visit us online at


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Legal Issues for Seniors to Consider

Logo small (2)Legacy Law Center is proud to participate in Senior Living Week once again this spring.  Each year, our law firm hosts a booth at the Expo, and we enjoy getting to meet a wide variety of attendees and other professionals.  Terrence A. Bertram, our firm’s senior attorney, will be speaking on some estate planning basics that everyone should know.

Legacy Law Center is a firm in Ann Arbor that particularly specializes in elder law and estate planning.  The specific areas of law we practice include wills and trusts; powers of attorney to cover both  health care decisions and financial and legal decisions; decedent’s estates; Medicaid and Veteran’s benefits counseling and qualification; and guardianship and conservatorship  law.  Additionally, we serve as probate mediators, or neutral parties trained in facilitating peaceful resolutions among family members about issues that arise in caring for an aging loved one.

terry_bertramTerry’s presentation will cover the types of documents that should comprise a complete estate plan, and how to go about making the decisions and elections required in your plan.  Many interesting things are currently happening in the estate planning arena, so Terry will also have his pick of an array of special topics to cover in his presentation.  I will address just two of them here.

One topic that is of perennial interest and importance is the need to have a valid health care power of attorney so that someone you trust always has the authority to make medical decisions for you in the event that you cannot.  Health care powers of attorney are a vital piece of your estate planning tool kit, yet statistics show that far too many people are still putting off executing this simple document that can save so much pain and uncertainty for your loved ones.

Second, since last October, we’ve been kept particularly busy by changes in the laws that govern powers of attorney in Michigan.  One of the main changes is a new requirement that your durable power of attorney have a signed acceptance page.  In effect, the person you nominate to act on your behalf, if you become unable to do so, now has to sign an agreement stating that they will act in your best interest.  Powers of attorney that were executed prior to October 2012 are still effective, but because banks and financial institutions are not required to accept them, we have recommended to our clients that they consider an update.

We are eager to participate in Senior Living Week 2013 and we hope to see you there.

What is Dementia Capable Care?

Tammy MaggertDementia Capable Care is a memory care program that enables those living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia to thrive.

Alzheimer’s Prevalence Statistics

  • Alzheimer’s affects 5.4 million people
  • By 2050 it is expected to grow to 15 million
  • People live with Alzheimer’s for 8 to 20 years
  • By age 65, 1 out of 8 people are affected by Alzheimer’s
  • By age 85, 1 out of 2 people are affected by Alzheimer’s

At Glacier Hills, we believe those with Alzheimer’s/Dementia can continue to lead a life of quality and one filled with purpose and joy. This is accomplished by engaging these individuals’ in meaningful activity by determining their best ability to function and matching the activities complexity with the individual’s cognitive ability.  The environment, the challenge of the activity, and the approach of our care team are all tailored to the individual resident’s stage of dementia to allow our residents to flourish.

Creating home, a place of purpose, safety, and belonging is accomplished through our focus on successful participation in meaningful life activities and through building loving, supportive relationships between our residents and our care team.

Our unique assessment process, along with our skills in knowing how to incorporate each resident’s identified stage of dementia and their own unique individuality into day-to-day life, creates an environment of wellness to fulfill our resident’s potential at every stage of their journey.

GlacierHills_GS2Glacier Hills is a proud sponsor of the UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors annual event, Senior Living Week. Stop by and visit our table at the Senior Living Week Expo at the Morris Lawrence Building on Washtenaw Community College’s campus on Friday, May 10th from 8:30am – 3:00pm. If you can’t make it to the Expo, we will be hosting a workshop and an open house at our facility (1200 Earhart Road, Ann Arbor) on Friday, May 17th at 10:30am. Refreshments will be available after the workshop.