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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.

Since Phil recently saw his shadow looks like we will have six more weeks of winter from Groundhogs Day on! Beyond surviving the snow and cold we need to protect ourselves from the health challenges that come with this time of year. The Cleveland Clinic has published some important tips to protect us from disease:

We’ve all heard about the physical benefits of exercise, but did you know it can also be good for our souls? Though spirituality means different things to different people, at its core is a sense of connection to something greater than ourselves that fills us with awe and provides us with meaning and purpose. Cultivating that sense of connection requires practice, and one way to practice is through exercise.

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Over this past Thanksgiving weekend I kept hearing this popular holiday song playing on the radio and began thinking about all the changes America has experienced since this song was first introduced. Most likely none of us took a sleigh to visit Grandma; and very likely many of us traveled to a condo or a PVM Village to visit with their parents and grandparents. However, some universal concepts and experiences carry on through the changing decades. Among these are:

Whether you can carry a tune or not, it turns out that not only is singing good for the soul, it’s good for the body and mind too. Research has shown that singing can be healthy for our hearts, lungs, and brains because it increases oxygen consumption, improves blood flow, and strengthens the muscles we use for breathing. It can also help us better manage stress and improve our mood because it reduces the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol circulating in our blood and increases the level of feel-good hormones called endorphins circulating in our brains. Singing may also strengthen our immune systems by elevating blood antibody levels, which are proteins produced by our bodies to fight infection and disease.