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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.

Over the years our Girl Scout and Boy Scout leaders as well as teachers and parents have told us to BE PREPARED. This advice takes on new meaning when we prepare others for the inevitable time when we will pass away and leave the responsibility of handling our affairs over to our loved ones. When we go not prepare we can inadvertently cause much consternation and difficulty for those left behind.

If you’re like me, you may have noticed an increase in foods labelled or promoted as being gluten-free. Restaurants too are offering an increasing number of gluten-free options. So what is going on? Is it a left-wing, communist conspiracy or a right-wing, fascist plot to change the way Americans eat? Will the “food police” soon be knocking on your door to check your pantry for gluten? While to some it might seem like it, it’s actually a response by the food industry to an increasing number of people diagnosed with celiac disease or who are following a gluten-free diet.

The summer is saying goodbye to us. Boaters are taking their last cruises. Others are getting ready to place their patio furniture in storage. Our children and grandchildren are headed back to school. Even years after we graduate from school we sense invigoration and new beginnings in the air.

This month we have a special guest columnist, Hope Wheeler. Hope recently graduated from Oakland University and is interning with PVM this summer.

Think back to the last time you were in a grocery store. Did you see any food labels with the word “organic” on them? When it comes to food, the word organic refers to the way in which food is produced. Organic foods are produced without using man-made pesticides, man-made fertilizers, human waste, radiation, genetic modification, antibiotics or hormones. Unfortunately, foods that aren’t produced organically may contain some of these potentially harmful substances.

I wish for all of our readers a fun and interesting summer. A chance to play on a beach with our grandchildren, check out one of the many summer novels, and enjoy walks in the nice weather are hallmarks of this beautiful season. Let’s make sure to keep it fun by adhering to some tips on safety. There is nothing worse than a trip to the emergency room to zap the joy out of our fun! Here are some things to keep in mind: