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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.

With the busy holidays in the past, the spring season offers a sense of renewal and opportunity; it’s a great time to make a fresh start!

Perhaps, after discussions with loved ones over the holidays, you've begun considering a move to a senior living retirement community this year. There’s no doubt that it’s a big decision to make, but many people feel a great sense of relief once the choice is made. There are lifestyle options which are right for each senior, depending on their needs now and in the future.  In a Life Plan community, like The Village of East Harbor and Vista Grande Villa retirement community, all of your needs along the continuum of care will be provided in one location.  For many residents, knowing that they can stay in their home community, provides comfort and peace of mind.

A recent special edition of Time Magazine is titled Friendship: “The Bonds That Shape Us at Every Age”. This publication further supports the notion that friendship and connecting with others is the bond that makes life sweeter no matter what stage we are in. There is documented evidence that children fair better in school if they have developed strong friendships. Often these friendships last for a lifetime.

Whether it happens at the barber or beauty shop, a religious setting, a yoga class or being with neighbors and friends at a PVM village these bonds endure and help us to celebrate or problem solve our way through life - good times and bad. Many times PVM residents have remarked that they and their fellow residents look out for each other daily; and this brings joy and comfort to their lives.

Our annual Village Victory Cup is coming up on June 21st. This is a great way to celebrate the joy of life and is also a good way to make new friends as well as bond with the ones you have now. Come join in the fun. Talk to your village staff about becoming a member of your village team. Hope to see you there!

Father time plays tricks on us. We look in the mirror and ask: “Where did the time go?” Over the years as director of the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, an author, motivational speaker and now in my role with Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, I have been a long-time proponent of having an Aging Well Attitude. Just what is an Aging Well Attitude? In my definition it is a mindset which allows us to “Embrace the Possibilities” (our PVM motto) and look upon aging in a positive way. Yes, we will have some challenges as we age. However, it can be the best of times if we look for the positives. Now folks can live to see their grandchildren graduate and marry, and even experience the joy of welcoming great grandchildren into the world. They have a chance to take up interests and even second careers which allow them to follow their dreams and passions. Over the years I have observed several key components which many experts have noted. Simply utilizing the letters in the word AGE we can zero in on them:

Financial exploitation is the improper use of funds, property or resources by another individual. Thefts and scams are considered the most serious dimension of financial exploitation, but other types include abuse of trust, financial entitlement, coercion, and money management difficulties.

For the last few months, I have been writing about my experience living life without a car. As you might recall, to get groceries I used the app-based service Shipt. This month, in case you might want to try it for yourself, I am going to write in more detail about how it works.