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OLDER AMERICANS MONTH: Connecting the Community

May is Better Hearing Month at Beltone! Check the facts: The number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled over the past 30 years. About 34 million Americans have hearing loss – That’s 11% of the population! Hearing aids help over 90% of hearing losses. First-time hearing aid wearers report a satisfaction rating exceeding 90% Hearing aids let you: • Understand speech in both quiet & noisy situations • Hear phones, TVs, & stereos more clearly • Remain safe & Independent • Feel less stress & fatigue straining to hear





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We’re working together to help older adults stay healthy and at home. Our Mission: Promoting health, independence and choice

Creating choices for living for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers.

• Information, assistance and referral services • Care management and care planning including in home service arrangement • Options counseling for long-term care • Assistance for individuals wishing to return home after a nursing home stay • Veterans Directed home care program • Calhoun County senior transportation • Prescription assistance • Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program— enrollment, counseling, and assistance

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Our Mission: Improving the health and well-being of older adults and caregivers • Keep Movin’ and Whole Person Wellness • Aging Well educational series • Health screening and monitoring • More than 30 support groups • Matter of Balance Fall Prevention • PATH chronic disease management program • Family caregiving support and respite services

Suite 104 Website: 269-441-0948 or 1-866-721-8276 toll free Suite 103 Website: 269-441-9300 or 1-877-284-4071 toll free

CentraCare is part of the National PACE Association (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly). It is a medical/social center-based model of managed care for older adults at risk of nursing home placement. • Center-based health care and support services • Primary care, nursing, social work and specialty care • Occupational, physical, and recreational therapy • Prescriptions and total medication monitoring • Medical supplies and durable medical equipment • Daily transportation • Center based group activities • Homemaking, home health and personal care • Home delivered meals and nutritional counseling • Inpatient, laboratory and outpatient services

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Our Mission: Keeping older adults at home


Older Americans Month

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Connecting the Community - Karla Fales, CEO Region 3B Area Agency on Aging


very May since 1963, people across the country have come together to celebrate the enormous contributions of older Americans—borne of wisdom, experience, and the will to realize their dreams and speak their minds. Older Americans Month is our chance to show our appreciation and support our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our

communities. Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, CentraCare’s PACE program, Senior Health Partners, and Calhoun County Senior Services is joining the festivities with special activities and events. On May 24, there will be a special all day health fair held at Burnham Brook Community Center, including an opportunity to join more than 100 other seniors in exercise on Gould

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What Is Art? Wednesdays 1-3pm May 18-June 8 Fee $40 Broadway Musicals 1900-1950 Wednesdays 10am-12pm June 1-June 22 Fee $ 35 Social Network How To Tuesdays 1-3pm June 7-June 28 Fee $35

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The skilled professionals at The Senior Diagnostic Center consider all areas of your health...physical, social and behavioral. They are experts at developing practical treatment plans that can help you enjoy life to its fullest. What’s more, in addition to being shared with your family doctor, it’s also shared with you and any loved ones you choose. This means no more gray areas when it comes to your health. So, if you’re a senior over 50 or better, consider giving your healthcare plan a complete checkup. Make an appointment with The Senior Diagnostic Center today. We’re right in your own backyard...and as far as you have to go for answers.

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Street, food, workshops and an information fair for seniors and caregivers. The theme of this year’s Older Americans Month celebration—Older Americans: Connecting the Community—pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our community. Their shared histories, diverse experiences, and wealth of knowledge have made our culture, economy, and local character what they are today. The theme also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives. In fact, older Americans are more active in community life than ever before, thanks in part to advances in health care, education, and technology over the last several decades that have greatly increased their vitality and standard of living. Older adults are out and about giving back and making a difference in their community and neighborhoods. We learn first hand the power of community as we see many of our older friends and neighbors stepping up to help one another. Across the country and here in Calhoun County, seniors connect with other seniors by delivering meals, helping

with home repair, teaching exercise classes, helping Medicare beneficiaries, assisting with shopping, and offering companionship, counseling, and care. Their efforts remind us that when older adults are active and engaged in their communities, everyone benefits.

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Help us celebrate Older Americans Month! Join your neighbors not only to recognize what these beautiful citizens bring to our communities, but also to help them continue playing a vital role in weaving a unique and lasting community fabric. We owe them that and so much more! Contact the Area Agency on Aging (269-4410973), Calhoun County Senior Services (269781-0846) or HandsOn Battle Creek (211) to find out about volunteer opportunities with programs that provide services for seniors to improve health literacy, increase access to quality health services, deliver food and nutrition services, provide home care and support, sponsor social and health activities, and more. We think you will discover that as we all work together to help seniors thrive in our community, we all benefit.

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hee N a t io n al Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), established in 2000, provides grants to states and territories, based on their share of the population aged 70 and over, to fund a range

of support programs that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. Locally, this program is administrated by Region 3B Area Agency on Aging and services are offered by Senior Health Partners. Families are the major provider of long-term care, but research has shown that caregiving exacts a heavy emotional, physical and financival toll. Many caregivers who work and provide care experience conflicts between these responsibilities. Twenty two percent of caregivers are assisting two individuals, while

By: Karen Manney, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Region 3B Area Agency on Aging

eight percent are caring for three or more. Almost half of all caregivers are over age 50, making them more vulnerable to a decline in their own health, and one-third describe their own health as fair to poor.

Senior Health Partners. Studies have shown that these services can reduce caregiver depression, anxiety, and stress and enable them to provide care longer, thereby avoiding or delaying the need for costly institutional care.

The NFCSP offers a range of services to support family caregivers. Under this program, states shall provide five types of services: information to caregivers about available services, assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services, individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training, respite care, and supplemental services, on a limited basis. These services work in conjunction with other area agency on aging services as well as other local service providers to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive system of services and support for caregivers. Support groups, respite services, and even caregiver training programs are offered throughout Calhoun County by

Senior Health Partners is a community partnership of Battle Creek Health System, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe. They offer programs at their offices inside the Burnham Brook Community Center, as well as at locations all around Calhoun County.


To learn about the many programs and services available to help caregivers and their families, contact Senior Health Partners at (269) 4410948 or toll free at 1-866-721-8276.

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1..............................................................Flea Market and Antique Show 7............................................................................ Community Yard Sale 8.......................................................................................... Mother’s Day 14, 15.....................................................................Arts and Crafts Show 28, 29, 30................................................Flea Market and Antique Show 1, 14, 15


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rea agencies on aging, like Region 3B that serves Barry and Calhoun counties, are governed by a policy board made up of local stakeholders and consumers. In area agency on aging has an

advisory board that is made up primarily of consumers, stakeholders, and caregivers.

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The purpose of an AAA advisory council is to ensure that those persons receiving (Continued on Page 8)

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benefits from the programs of the AAA have an opportunity for direct involvement in thedevelopment and funding of services and programs. The Advisory Council provides input and advice on all matters relating to the identification of needs and development of the area plan – the guiding document that is prepared annually and presented to the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging. Once approved, this annual implementation plan provides the framework for what programs the area agency on aging will provide throughout the year, including its goals and objectives and plan for funding services in the communit y it ser ves.

a nutrition provider and other representative(s) of social service provider organizations; persons with leadership experience in the private and voluntary sectors; local

elected officials; and the general public. Currently, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging is seeking members for its Advisory Council.

Burnham Brook Community Center, as well as one time in Albion and one time in BarrCounty each year. Input from our consumers, caregivers, and other interested community members is important – it helps ensure that our programs and services are meeting the needs of seniors in our community. The Advisory Council also participates in the annual review of funding to agencies that provide the services and helps review those programs for quality and effectiveness. Would you consider coming aboard? We need your input! If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Council, contact Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, at 269-966-2450. Ask for me, Luann Sommers, and I’ll be happy to talk to you more about coming on board and having a direct impact on services for seniors. All A-Board!

The membership of the advisory council consists of more than 50 percent older individuals (age 60 or older) who are participants or who are eligible to participate in programs provided for by the area agency on aging. Additionally, the membership also includes representatives of health care organizations, including providers of veterans’ health care; The council meets at least six times per year at

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ne out of five Americans suffer from a disease known as venous insufficiency; a disease that most people have not heard of before. Yet this disease is one of the most common reasons for lost work and productivity in the world. Venous insufficiency is a medical term that means “veins that do not work properly”. Specifically, this is referring to the veins in the legs. This disease can present itself in many different ways. That is why most people with the disease do not even know they have it. A common presentation of venous insufficiency is called varicose veins. Another name is “spider veins”. Some people think that these are different problems. In reality, they are just two of the different ways that venous insufficiency can present itself. They are not the only ways, nor are

they the most common. The most serious symptoms of venous insufficiency are leg ulcers and skin infections. These can be very difficult to treat and heal. If untreated, in severe cases this could lead to hospitalization or even amputation. Most people with venous insufficiency have very little “visual” findings. That is, their legs appear “normal”. There are not a lot of visible varicose veins, nor do they have ulcers or damaged skin. They just have legs that “hurt”. Their legs are heavy, tired, achy, itchy, swollen, or restless. These problems are most common in people that are on their feet a lot; teachers, factory workers, hair stylists, nurses, retail workers to name a few. (Continued on Page 10)

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swelling, ulcers, or infections. This can occur in anyone; young or old, obese or thin, men or women, athletes or couch potatoes. The reasons are probably genetic. Most people with venous insufficiency can recall others in their family with similar problems. Fortunately, in the last 15 years the treatment of venous insufficiency has changed tremendously. There is no longer any place for the old fashioned “vein strippings�. Besides having a potentially difficult recovery, the success rate for the operation is only about 80 percent. The newer treat-

Venous insufficiency is when the blood does not get out of the legs efficiently, putting pressure on the nerves, the veins in the skin, and the skin itself. This results in pain, heaviness, aching, varicose veins, spider veins, skin rashes, skin itching,


ments have a 96-99 percent rate of success, and can be done in the office with a minimal recovery. Most patients are back to normal activity in 3-4 days. With the proper treatment, not only will your legs feel better, they will look much better too. No longer will you be embarrassed to wear shorts in the summer. Venous diseases have become so prevalent that a whole new medical specialty has been created. This specialty is called phlebology. A phlebologist is someone that has shown extra competence in the treatment of venous disease and passed a written board examination. The only way to know if your leg symptoms are due to venous insufficiency is to be evaluated and examined. Family Surgical holds a free seminar every week in which you can be tested for venous insufficiency. You will be evaluated by Dr Koziarski, one of the most experienced phlebologists in the country. Dr Koziarski has been treating venous diseases for nearly 20 years. He was also the first board certified phlebologist in the Battle Creek-Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids areas. If you would like more information on the free seminar you can visit www.familysurgicalveins. com or call Family Surgical at 269-979-6200 which is located at 3620 Capital Avenue SW, Suite B, Battle Creek, MI, 49015.




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What is meant by “the veins not working properly�? To answer this question you must first

understand the purpose of the blood vessels in the body. The heart pumps the blood through the arteries out to the organs and tissues. Because the heart is a very strong pump, blood in the arteries is under very high pressure; like a garden hose. After the blood goes through the organs and tissues, it has very little pressure left to get back to the heart. Veins are the blood vessels that carry the blood back to the heart. Valves in the veins keep the blood flowing in the right direction. If the valves become weakened, the blood actually backs up in the veins, and has trouble getting out of the legs and back to the heart.

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Senior Nutrition – It’s vital! By: Karen Manney, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Region 3B Area Agency on Aging


he Administration on Aging (AOA) provides funding to local area agencies on aging through grants that come through the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA). Your local area agency on aging, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging (AAA), is located inside the Burnham Brook Community Center and serves Barry and Calhoun counties. Using the monies provided by AOA, grants are made to other local providers of services. In Calhoun and Barry counties those grantees are Communit y Action and Barry County Commission on Aging.

Meals on Wheels Association of America shows that approximately six million seniors have faced the threat of hunger and 11.4 percent of all seniors have experienced some form of food insecurity. AOA’s Program, through

Region 3B Area Agency on Aging and its partner providers, seeks to reduce hunger among older adults by providing healthy meals and other health promotion services.Our senior nutrition programs o f f e r

two kinds of services – congregate nutrition ser vices and home-delivered meals. Congregate Nutrition Services offers meals and other services to older adults in a variety of congregate settings, such as senior centers. Home-delivered meals are delivered to older adults who are home-bound. In addition to meals, older adults receive nutrition screenings, counseling, and opportunities for social engagement. Services are targeted to people who are most in need, including low-income and minority individuals, and older adults who live in rural communities. Nationally, these programs are meeting a significant

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need. In fiscal year 2009, more than 149.1 million home-delivered meals were provided nationwide to more than 880,000 seniors. More than 1.7 million older adults living in the community also participated in congregate meals, with 92.5 million meals provided.

community, we need to advocate strongly for continued and increased fundingfor nutrition services not only at a national level but also by our own local funders. At present, Calhoun County Senior Services, Marshall Community Foundation, and the Area Agency on Aging are the only agencies that fund meals for seniors. There should be more.

These programs are vital to helping seniors remain in their own home or the home of a caregiver for as long as possible. Unfortunately, many programs around the country and in our region are experiencing significant cost increases at the same time that they are also seeing funding cuts. This is resulting in wait lists and seniors going without these important meals. As a

Times are tough – but in the toughest of times we have an obligation to look after those most at risk and frail in our community. Help us urge legislators to maintain funding for meals on wheels and congregate nutrition so more seniors can remain in their own homes. Let your voice be heard!


Care Community Recognized for Making a Commitment to Quality Care Community in Battle Creek is a recipient of the Michigan Center for Assisted Living’s (MCAL) Quality Standard Seals for levels of Best Practice. Care Community has been recognized at MCAL’s second level of the Quality Standard Seals. A multi-step application process took place in early 2010 to ďŹ nd homes committed to quality initiatives and improvement in their assisted living settings. Linda Lawther, president/CEO of MCAL, said “I visit many assisted living homes in Michigan on a regular basis. It is an honor to be able to recognize the ones who are proving their ability and their drive to be the very best.â€? In 2003, the MCAL Quality Standard Seals for Levels of Best Practice became an annual achievement opportunity for Michigan homes. Michigan’s process was based on the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) Quality First Principles for Performance Excellence. Michigan’s program is designed to encourage participants to move through each of three steps with a goal for greater quality and excellence each year.

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The program was developed in a way that encourages homes to step up at least one level each year with a three to four-year plan. Care Community is one of four homes in the state of Michigan receiving the level two seal in 2010. MCAL is a statewide association of Housing with Services Communities, Homes for the Aged, Adult Foster Care and Independent Senior Housing Providers in Michigan, promoting the highest quality of person centered care and leadership principals. MCAL is also a resource for consumer education and information. You may contact MCAL by calling 517.627.1561 or by email at

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What Do Seniors Need? Tell Us! O

ne of the ways that area agencies on aging serve their community is by listening to the needs of seniors and caregivers. As part of its annual funding process, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging (AAA), which serves Barry and Calhoun counties, holds a public hearing to seek input from people who live in our service area. This year’s hearing is scheduled for May 14 at 4:00 pm at the Burnham Brook Community Center.

- Luann Sommers, Planning Manager Region 3B Area Agency on Aging

At the public hearing, seniors and caregivers are invited and encouraged to let the policy and advisory boards and staff of Region 3B AAA know what is important and what is needed in our community to help seniors remain in their own homes as long as possible. Citizens can share their stories about current programs and services that make a difference in their lives or the lives of their loved ones, like adult day care. Through funding

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We encourage you to attend the public hearing to learn about all the great programs and services funded by Region 3B Area Agency on Aging. More importantly, come and share with us what you believe is important for seniors in our community. The information gathered at the public hearing is used to develop funding priorities – what services will and will not be funded based on what we learn about local needs.

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hile living to the age of 90 was once a rare feat, it is becoming increasingly common. You may be surprised to learn that the fastest growing demographic in the country is people over the age of 85. According to the latest life insurance mortality tables, 38 percent of men and half of women age 65 today can expect to live to the age of 90 or beyond. Being able to live a long and full life is good news, of course. But you will have to plan well to be sure that you don’t run out of income when you may need it the most. Here are some suggestions from Dr. Robert Pokorski, The Hartford’s chief medical strategist, for planning a retirement that may include a 90th birthday celebration: • Consider buying a life insurance policy with an optional longevity rider. While the main purpose of life insurance is to provide income to your heirs when you die, paying extra for The Hartford’s new Longevity Access Rider will allow you to begin receiving installments of your own death benefit when you turn 90

and meet the rider’s eligibility requirements. You are then free to use it to simply enjoy life or to help ensure you don’t outlive your retirement savings. • A $500,000 policy works like this: When you reach the age of 90, you can elect to receive a guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefit of up to 1 percent of the death benefit of your life insurance policy. In this example, you may receive monthly payments of as much as $5,000 per month for eight years. Even if you eventually withdraw the entire death benefit, a guaranteed residual death benefit will be provided, subject to the terms of the rider. Your heirs will still receive 10 percent of the benefit - in this case, $50,000. • Consider purchasing an annuity to cover many of your fixed expenses later in life. Making conservative investments like this can help ensure that you’ll have a reliable source of income to cover such necessities as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, prescriptions, groceries, insurance and

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• Postpone retirement. While you might consider putting off retirement to be a bad thing, you may decide to continue working in order to increase your monthly Social Security benefit. Delaying Social Security from age 62 to 67 will increase the amount you will receive each month by 30 percent. Postponing retirement will also increase any pension benefits you will receive in the future. You could even use the time to try working in a new field that has always appealed to you.

Hartford offers life insurance policies with its LifeAccess Accelerated Benefits Rider. If you become chronically ill and meet the claim criteria, you can use the money you receive from the death benefit any way you like. You can, for example, use it to pay a family member to take care of you. Turning 90 is a milestone worth celebrating. With good planning, you could live a long and comfortable life without worrying too much about your finances. Consumers who want to learn more about The Hartford’s life insurance policies can call 1-877439-0772 or visit livingbenefits.

• Plan for a health emergency. Nobody likes to think about becoming ill, but planning for health-care emergencies is a part of smart retirement planning, especially when you consider that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 70 percent of retirees will need to pay for chronic care sometime during their lives. The

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s the vernal equinox is past, it is time to be aware of common symptoms that can be related to seasonal allergies. Not everyone is aware of these typical symptoms. Signs like itching eyes can be caused by exposure to airborne antigens. Antigens are substances typically made of protein that cause a specific immune response to a person. This response to antigens can only occur if the individual has had prior exposure to this substance. Commonly, in my practice I will have (Continued on Page 20)

patients exclaim that they cannot be allergic to a given plant, pollen, or chemical because they often are exposed to, or use the substance. These patients do not understand that it is the repeated contactzx to an antigen that creates the scenario that leads to allergies. An itchy and runny nose is triggered by this exposure to antigens. A complex cascade of immune responses occurs when the sensitive nasal mucus

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membranes contact a known antigen.This begins when the specific protein of an antigen touches the surface of an antibody that is unique to this protein. This can cause the release of a chemical known as histamine. Histamine triggers a chain reaction that results in swelling of the soft tissues, increased m u c u s production, and itching. These reactions lead to the stuffy, itchy nose associated with allergies. If there is a continued or repeated exposure to antigens, this can lead to a worsening reaction. These types of allergic reactions

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result in activation of processes in the immune system that can lead to violent responses; resulting in, hives, wheezing, low blood pressure, shock, and death. Luckily, this type of reaction is very rare in seasonal allergies. The treatment of seasonal allergies begins with decreasing exposure to known allergens. When this cannot be avoided, it is common to use the newer non-sedating histamine blockers daily. This will suppress most allergic symptoms in mild to moderate allergies. These can be purchased over-the-counter and have few side effects. Older adults or individuals with High Blood Pressure should check with their physician before starting an antihistamine. Occasionally individuals can have break through symptoms that are not controlled by a once a day pill. Treatment targeted by specific symptoms can be added. For

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Multiple Medication Challenges

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t a recent meeting of Communi t y H e al t h Partners, the challenges of “reconciling medications” were discussed by area nurses, physicians, and medical provider representatives. Consumers are being prescribed ever increasing numbers of simultaneous prescriptions. These multiple prescriptions present tracking chal-

lenges to patients and physicians, and can be particularly difficult to effectively manage when a patient enters the hospital in compromised health, unable to communicate their full medical and pharmaceutical history. Medication errors are a common and frequent cause of hospitalizations for older adults. One shared goal of many local

care providers is to improve communication between patients and their various medical providers, to prevent medication errors.

agreed that ill or recently hospitalized persons are often in no condition to fully understand discharge instructions about their medications.

Upon leaving the hospital or specialists office, a consumer/ patient may have additional prescriptions for their most recent health issue. The attendees of the meeting, including some former patients,

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