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Savvy Seniors: May Is Older Adults Month

Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow is the theme for Older Americans Month 2014. Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population. Unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. Modifications to living space, a daily fitness routine, and healthy eating can help prevent injury.

AARP guide to revitalizing your home: beautiful living for the second half of life: reimagine, redesign, remodel by Rosemary Bakker

Universal design for the home: great looking, great living design for all ages, abilities, and circumstances by Wendy A. Jordan

Unassisted living: ageless homes for later life by Wid Chapman and Jeff Rosenfeld

The athlete's book of home remedies: 1,001 doctor- approved health fixes & injury-prevention secrets for a leaner, fitter, more athletic body! by Jordan Metzl, with Mike Zimmerman

Savvy Seniors February 2013

According to a September 2012 study by Pew Internet of older adults who are online, 50% of adults ages 50-64 report being active on a social networking site. An even more substantial increase in social media use this year were older adults ages 65 and older, which reported being active on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. More so than in 2011, 34% of seniors are now using social networking sites which was up from 26% in 2010.

Computers for seniors for dummie [Large print] by Nancy Muir

Using the internet safely for seniors for dummies [Large print] by Linda Criddle and Nancy Muir

Tax Help for Seniors

Appointments are now being scheduled at the Summit for Seniors needing tax assistance. Counselors sponsored by AARP will help prepare tax returns beginning January 31st from the hours of 9:00 AM-1:30 PM. To schedule an appointment call the Canton Senior Desk at 734-394-5485.

Older Adults: Go4Life January 2012

The American Library Association has joined the National Institutes of Health promoting Go4Life. Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help individuals fit exercise and physical activity into their daily life.

Older & wiser workout [videodisc]: for active older adults by with Sue Grant; produced by FitFlix Productions

Lilias! yoga: your guide to enhancing body, mind, and spirit in midlife and beyond by Lilias Folas

Transitioning

Canton resident Roger Myers, CEO and President of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, will share critical information for seniors and their caregivers as they transition to new stages in their lives. Join him at 2:00-3:00PM on May 20 to learn about the best options available, and to benefit from his expertise on this timely topic. No registration is required.

Free Tax Help for Seniors Offered at Summit

The Summit offers free Tax-Aide counseling through AARP as part of an IRS-sponsored program for seniors. Trained and certified volunteer counselors assist people of low-to-middle income with special attention to those 60 and over for both federal and state returns. Call (734) 394-5460 for an appointment at the Summit Senior Center. Find more locations near you.

Vitamins, Minerals and Older Adults

As Canton Township's 100 Days of Health initiative continues, consider the needs of older family members. Research has discovered that as we age, our diets and our need for dietary supplements become greater. Doctors are increasingly concerned about boosting the levels of vitamins and minerals that we need as we grow older. Loss of appetite may account for a vitamin/mineral deficiency in older adults.

Canton’s Senior Summit

Canton Supervisor Phil LaJoy is hosting a Senior Summit on Monday, September 13, at  Summit on the Park, from 9:00AM-2:00PM. Supervisor Phil LaJoy began this event when he was serving as a State Representative, and is now continuing it for Canton seniors.

The Senior Summit will feature a wide array of informational booths and presentations geared toward today’s senior. Also included are door prizes, a continental breakfast, lunch, bingo and a shredding truck. The event is free, however registration is required. To register, please call Canton Towhship offices at (734) 394-5185.

Scam Alert: Medicare Part D Rx Scam

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) today warned citizens about recent reports of scam artists contacting seniors in an attempt to obtain personal information by asking them to reveal Medicare, Social Security or bank account numbers, or pay a fee to receive a $250 Medicare rebate check.

The DHHS and OSA are urging Medicare beneficiaries not to provide personal information to anyone representing themselves as a "Medicare" or "government" worker if contacted by phone, mail, or in person in exchange for a $250 Medicare rebate check. These one-time rebates are automatically mailed to Medicare recipients when they reach the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, also known as the 'donut hole.'

For further information, call the national Medicare office at (800) 633-4227. In Michigan, call MMAP at (800) 803-7174.