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Caregiver Tip: Communicating with Doctors

If you are currently a caregiver of a family member, you might be feeling a little stressed, or in some cases, a lot stressed. LifeCircles PACE wants to help you and your loved ones celebrate National Family Caregivers Month. Throughout the month of November LifeCircles will highlight some simple tips to help caregivers in their important work. Communicating with doctors as a caregiver can be challenging. At LifeCircles PACE our entire team prides itself on good communication with individuals and their…

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Thank you Veterans

Honoring our Veterans

Veterans day serves as a small reminder for us to gather in celebration of those who have served our country. One day is not enough.  Please remember to show appreciation to the Veterans in your life all year long.  Don’t forget to appreciate the families of service men and women – they have made sacrifices for their loved ones service as well. LifeCircles wishes to recognize the service of the men, women, and families in our West Michigan communities. The…

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Caregiving tip: make a list and check it twice.

If you are currently a caregiver of a family member, you might be feeling a little stressed, or in some cases, a lot stressed. LifeCircles PACE wants to help you and your loved ones celebrate National Family Caregivers Month. Throughout the month of November LifeCircles will be highlighting some simple tips to help caregivers find ways to care for themselves. Often times caregivers get stuck in such an around the clock routine that it is difficult for them even imagine…

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Celebrating Life

Community Choice Volunteers with Participants at LifeCircles

  LifeCircles participants recently enjoyed reminiscing with special guests from Community Choice Credit Union.  Seven members of Community Choice Credit Union from Holland, Muskegon and Farmington Hills devoted an afternoon to capturing stories of participants at the Holland Center for older adults. This special day kicked off the beginning of a book project that will highlight the unique life stories of participants in the program.  The project spun out of a request by the LifeCircles Participant Council to celebrate and…

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New Physician to Join LifeCircles Holland!

LifeCircles is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeff Crandle, to our Holland team. Doctor Crandle was born in Grand Rapids, MI, but spent most of his childhood in Parchment, Michigan, a small town just north of Kalamazoo. After graduating from Parchment High School he attended Calvin College and earned a BA in natural science. After graduating college, Dr. Crandle moved to Des Moines Iowa to attend the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (currently named Des Moines University). It is there…

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Coping with Grief, Lonliness and Sadness During the Holidays

For most people, the holiday season is full of many fond memories, busy schedules, and lots of celebration. After all, It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it?   This time of the year can be difficult for some. You may know relatives, friends or neighbors, who may feel lonely and a deep sense of sadness. As families age, holiday traditions change. Children grow up, and make their own holiday traditions. The house becomes more quiet. The table isn’t…

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Caregiver Moment: 6 Easy Ways to Refuel

We live in a fast paced world. Stress seems to be embedded in our lives. If you are caregiving for a loved one though, you may be taking it to a new level. Stress related to caregiving is expected. Things are often outside of your control. However, how you cope with stress is something that you can control. Learn to understand your stress, and how to refuel yourself. LifeCircles PACE makes it a priority to help caregivers assess and understand…

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30 Meaningful Moments – Ideas for creating joy with those living with dementia

  Have you run out of ideas of things to do with your loved one living with dementia? Below is a quick list of ideas to refuel your creativity.  Remember that you should match activities with someone’s abilities so that they can feel successful. It should be just right – not too hard, not too easy. Not all activities are appropriate for every stage of dementia or every unique individual. The activities listed below can be adjusted in difficulty or…

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What’s that Smell? – New research in detecting memory changes

The big D word can be scary. DEMENTIA. Dementia is an umbrella term that covers many different diseases and conditions, which impact the way the brain functions. There are many different types of dementias – some professionals estimate that 80-90 different types exist. The most commonly known type of dementia is Alzheimer ’s disease. Researchers are working hard to look for tools that help people live better lives with dementias, and ultimately for cures. For many, the earlier dementia is…

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