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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.

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.

In December I introduced you to MESH, what renowned geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas refers to as the key to healthy aging. As you might recall, it’s an acronym that stands for Move, Eat, Sleep, Heal. According to Dr. Thomas, neglecting to do any one of these things can have dire consequences as we age. This month we will focus on the “E” (eat).

It is a true pleasure to be able to announce good news for Michigan seniors. You may be aware that PVM is very involved with advocacy and community partnering to assist with quality of life for Michigan seniors. We are a part of making Michigan a great place to live and age well. No doubt there is still much work to do. However, on the good news front, we are making progress! PVM is a member of the Silver Key Coalition which was formed in 2014 to advocate for an increase in state funding for in-home services supported through the Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency (AAHSA). AAHSA is the state agency charged with providing senior services across Michigan and reporting to state and federal government agencies. An increase of $7.5 million over the past three years was intended to remove wait lists and serve all in need of assistance.