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“Serving Seniors & Communities” is Presbyterian Villages of Michigan’s tagline and our commitment. 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.

All too often I hear terrible stories of how a senior has been exploited, sometimes by total strangers and sometimes by relatives, even their own children! So I decided it is time to review some tips for protecting oneself from a potential tragedy. Here are some tips recommended by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office:

Be alert to individuals who seem extremely interested in your personal finances.

Do not turn over your checkbook or any other financial affairs to another person unless you have established trust in them. Even so, it is good if possible to have two parties so there are checks and balances. Whenever possible these two parties should be a family member or close friend/ advisor of many years.

For most of us, we have had someone say this on many occasions in our lives, most likely from a parent or grandparent. Although great advice may be delivered in this message, it is important to note that young adults often want to forge their own way and may discount such sage advice. While observing many weddings and births recently, I was reminded of that popular saying: Mothers of the Groom should show up, shut up and wear beige. I told my son when he was married that I would honor the first two recommendations but would not wear beige since it is not my color! Actually, my son and daughter-in-law are very good about accepting advice graciously. I have learned to state: Here is some unsolicited advice for you to do with as you would like. That seems to soften the message.

I think for most of us being affirmed by noted experts is a joyful experience. This just happened to me the other day upon reading the September 26, 2016 issue of Time Magazine. For years I have led the charge on the notion of embracing aging. The aging process is going to occur no matter what our response is. We can either deny it, defy it or embrace it. I have found it sad that so many folks choose to be in denial. Plastic surgeons can tell you that the quest for The Fountain of Youth is surging. Yet, aging is much like everything else in life. If we have a positive attitude we create a far better life experience for ourselves. So imagine the joy I felt upon reading the Time article which was headlined with “How and social ties affect the way you age”. In it author Mandy Oaklander mirrors many of the messages my business as Your Aging Well Advisor has promoted over the years.

I am pleased to report that Crain’s Detroit Business has selected PVM as The Best- Managed Nonprofit for 2016. PVM received the honor “For tackling the complexity of meshing an affordable senior community with increased access to health care and related services for seniors in the surrounding neighborhood and collaborating at high levels to do it…” The Edward N. and Della L. Thome Rivertown Neighborhood, near Detroit’s east riverfront, was the driving force behind this award due to innovation and challenges which were met along the way by PVM and its partners. United Methodist Retirement Communities and Henry Ford Health System also deserve much credit for making this campus a success.

In December, I introduced you to MESH. It’s an acronym that stands for Move, Eat, Sleep, Heal and is what renowned geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas refers to as the key to healthy aging. According to Dr. Thomas, neglecting to do any one of these things can negatively impact our health. This month we will focus on the “S” (sleep).

According to Dr. Thomas, we shouldn’t accept unrestful, unsatisfactory sleep as a natural consequence of aging, because it’s not.

Everyone needs sleep. Sleep is nature’s way for us to recharge. While we sleep, our bodies repair the damage done to our cells during the day; our brains reset their connections that enhance memory and learning; and our immune systems release substances that fight disease and infection. Without quality sleep, our bodies won’t adequately heal; our memories and thinking will suffer; and we will become much more likely to get sick.