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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.

This month we have a special guest columnist, Kelli McDonald. Kelli recently graduated from Oakland University and she is interning with PVM this summer!

And the winner is...Westland! Congratulations to the Westland Stars for a big sweep to win the 2018 Village Victory Cup for the 5th time! This year was the closest competition with only a five point difference between the Stars and the Pirates from East Harbor!

June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder Abuse and exploitation is a rapidly growing problem in America and will continue to increase with the aging of our population. Lance Robertson of the Administration For Community Living, formerly the Administration on Aging at the federal level, released information on how to join the fight for elder justice. He stated that we need to:

This month we have a special guest columnist, Kelli McDonald. Kelli recently graduated from Oakland University and she is interning with PVM this summer!

Strawberries are delicious and nutritious and pair perfectly with any meal! Strawberries may improve your health as they are full of potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamins C and K. Strawberries are a great snack, but can also be added to many other foods. Add strawberries to your salad, yogurt, muffins, salsa, tea, 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.