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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.

Finally our veterans appear to be receiving even greater recognition. I was pleased to see so many veterans ceremonies on this recent Veterans Day. As a daughter of two Navy veterans it warms my heart.

As the seasons change from fall to winter and the daylight hours shorten, it’s common to feel a little blue. If, however, these feelings persist and intensify you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that usually occurs between September and May. It’s characterized by constant sadness, extreme fatigue, social withdrawal, and cravings for starchy foods.

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”.