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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.

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”.

Alcohol is a part of American culture. We celebrate and socialize with it, and it plays a prominent role in many of our religions. And while moderate alcohol consumption may have some health benefits (≤ 2 drinks/day for men, ≤ 1 drink/day for women), it’s excessive drinking that you have to worry about. Most of you know that drinking too much increases your risk of injury, especially if you get behind the wheel, but did you know that it can wreak havoc on your brain, heart, liver, pancreas, and immune system?

March is national nutrition month, so you might expect this article to focus on healthy eating, however, if you suffer from poor oral health, eating healthy may be the last thing on your mind.  The pain and discomfort associated with tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth and other oral health problems can make chewing and swallowing difficult.  You may skip eating altogether or turn to softer foods, which tend to be highly processed, contain a lot of fat and sugar, and are far from healthy.

Since Phil recently saw his shadow looks like we will have six more weeks of winter from Groundhogs Day on! Beyond surviving the snow and cold we need to protect ourselves from the health challenges that come with this time of year. The Cleveland Clinic has published some important tips to protect us from disease: