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Presbyterian Villages of Michigan is committed to serving seniors and communities. It’s our goal to be a first-line provider of resources, including information. Aging should be an adventure, not a scary trip!

In the PVM Blog, the experts at PVM will regularly publish articles and information. Topics may range from smart ways to age in place in your long-time home, to tips on how to shop for a senior community. We will have articles on transportation, wellness, nutrition, technology, activities, outlook-on-life, and more.

At times we all need the advice of experts. For seniors this is an opportune time to remember this. Fall not only brings out beautiful panoramas of fall colors, pumpkins and cider. It also attracts scam artists of all types. Do not respond to direct appeals by phone or mail. Unscrupulous people are standing in line to steal your money. Especially prevalent at this time of year are so-called contractors who will falsify needs that you could have for driveway and roof repair. Do not contract with anyone without seeking the advice of a trusted friend or family member.

The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can have serious health consequences, especially for older adults. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control more than 60% of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 or older.  In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. It starts as early as October, peaks in January or February, and ends as late as May.

Former First Lady Roslyn Carter has been quoted as saying: “You either have been a Caregiver, are a Caregiver or will be a Caregiver”. It can be a joyful and heartfelt experience and can also be quite challenging all at once. It is estimated that over 80% of care is provided by a loved one rather than a professional caregiver. Caregivers often spend over 30 hours per week in their “second job”.

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims! That’s one of the earliest (and corniest) jokes I remember from childhood that still makes me chuckle, which as it turns out is a good thing.  Numerous studies have shown a link between laughter and better health.  A good, hearty laugh can boost the immune system, elevate mood, lower stress levels, reduce pain, relax tense muscles, and improve heart and brain function.  As a result, in addition to exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet, health experts are now beginning to recommend we add some humor to our daily routines.

Dear PVM Supporters: Please note this Action Alert from The Senior Alliance. The Older Americans Act is crucial to the work of the aging services network. Please help us raise the voices of seniors with policy influencers. Thanks for all you do for PVM and Michigan seniors.