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Emotional Wellness and Aging

Dr. Allison Ilem, PhD, BCBA LifeCircles PACE Watch the WZZM Senior Wellness Segment on this topic. Healthy aging rests on the cornerstone of emotional wellness. Living well involves identifying what’s most important to us, making the best of what we need to continue these important life-giving activities, and engaging supports to deal with the rest. But when this goes awry, we can start to feel down or blue. We can worry about the future. We can feel hopeless. The most common mental health conditions…

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The kind smile of a senior bus driver

Heroes of Senior Transportation

Senior transportation services are a significant part of LifeCircles operations. LifeCircles’ provides transportation to and from our day centers and to some medical appointments for the participants in our program. The drivers of our buses and vans are a crucial part of each senior care team. Drivers have a genuine interest in getting to know our participants. Our drivers spend a substantial amount of time with the people who ride with them. They develop supportive relationships that help the larger…

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LifeCircles Participants aboard the 2018 Tulip Time Float.

Celebrating Older Americans in Tulip Time Parade

LifeCircles PACE is helping older adults enjoy and engage in their communities along the Lakeshore. This May you might have seen a purple float rolling through Holland’s Tulip Time Volksparade. Older adults in the PACE program were on board and were wheeled along-side in tulip themed wheelchairs. This Older Americans Month is highlighting Engaging at Every Age, and the participants at LifeCircles do just that. LifeCircles, the all-inclusive health and social program, provides an alternative to those 55 years or…

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Simple ways to improve your heart health as you age.

Simple ways to improve your heart health

February is American Heart Month. Did you know that no matter your age there are simple things you can do TODAY to help improve your heart’s health? Move more – even the most inactive couch potato can do chair exercises during commercial breaks. Eat for your heart – eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, eat less fatty, salty and fried foods Reduce your stress – make time to do things that you find relaxing, like listening to soft jazz if…

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LifeCircles Participants Dancing at the Sunshine Day Center

Senior Wellness on Michigan’s Lakeshore

LifeCircles PACE offers therapeutic activity customized to each individual PACE participant. Our Physical, Occupational and Recreational Therapists work with our participants to help them stay physically active in fun ways. Our therapy gyms and day centers encourage participants to move, dance, and enjoy life. Our therapists are able to work with someone long term because we have a different type of funding model than most home health agencies. Encouraging movement, even in little ways helps our participants build, and maintain…

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Move those Muscles

Think you are too old for fitness in the New Year?

Think again. No matter your age, no matter your health, you too can work on improving your fitness. At LifeCircles PACE we take a team based approach to help our participants work on meeting their personal goals. Each center has Physical, Occupational, Speech and Recreational Therapists that help our participants work on improving strength and independence. Over the next few weeks LifeCircles will be highlighting some ways to add some fun exercises into your own daily routine. Even if you…

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Photo by: Hush Naidoo

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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Photo credit: Aaron Burden

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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