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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.

Recently I experienced the joy of being able to read to my grandchildren many times over while on vacation with them. I think I read the book about a dog named Biscuit at least forty times! What joy to be a part of their enthusiasm for reading. It flashed me right back to reading every night to my son and even being read to myself by my parents. I can even recall the excitement I felt as an elementary student when I brought the book Fun With Dick and Jane home to proudly show my mom. You can most likely flash back to some of your favorites as well. Reading is one of many ways that we can open up new worlds to our grandchildren and give our children some time to pursue other things. Also, this can help to set the path for success. Many studies have shown that being an avid reader gives youngsters a real advantage when it comes to learning overall.

As we get older, our need to stay hydrated increases. If you lead an active lifestyle, your need is even higher. And now that the weather has warmed up, if you are active outdoors your need is even higher still. So why is it important to stay hydrated? For one, water helps our brains function properly. When we are dehydrated our capacity to think is diminished. We can get confused, become dizzy, get disoriented and as a result suffer a fall that could have disastrous consequences. If we don’t drink enough water our ability to eliminate waste is also impacted. Our kidneys won’t function properly, which in turn can lead to a host of serious health problems.

Spring is a time of celebration in most cultures. And what better experience to celebrate than that of being an Older Michiganian! Here is information on Older Michiganians Day coming up in Lansing along with registration information. You will enjoy the day if you decide to attend. PVM will be on hand and will post the event on our Facebook page if you would like to join in from a distance:

Yes indeed. It’s that time of year again. Time to get ready for the annual Village Victory Cup scheduled for Friday, June 22nd! This year’s event will feature some of the same exciting tried and true games as years past such as the Beanbag Toss, the Hoop Shoot, the Wellness Walk, the Puzzler, and the Balloon Volleyball Tournament, and the Kick-a-Roo will be returning for the second consecutive year, but with a slight modification. And based on a barrage of requests from residents, new this year there will be a group dance competition. Also, because the event continues to grow, this year the Village Victory Cup will be held at a new location, the Suburban Collection Showplace Diamond Ballroom in Novi.

I often speak about the importance of having an Aging Well Attitude as an important aspect of aging. Recently inspiration has arrived in the personhood of Sister Jean Schmidt, Loyola-Chicago’s 98 year old chaplain. She has been their basketball team’s good luck charm during their NCAA March Madness tournament journey. Sister Jean has a sense of humor and is talented when it comes to branding. During her team’s Elite 8 game versus Kansas she was spotted wearing custom-made Nikes; and she is even the star of her own Bobblehead. She of course is not making any claim for profits but is simply supporting the team and university. She has become “the face of Loyola-Chicago”.