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Tips for Supporting Loved Ones During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Caring for an older adult at home during COVID-19 comes with new challenges, even for experienced caregivers. Try some of the tips below to change things up for the better! Talk about it: Have a conversation to find out what your loved one knows and feels about the current COVID-19 situation. Feeling heard helps reduce stress. The goal is to provide a fear-free space to educate and reassure your loved one about the virus. Depending on your loved one, it…

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LifeCircles COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

LifeCircles PACE serves individuals at the highest risk of severe and life-threatening reactions to the COVID-19 virus. Our goals are to: Prevent the spread of COVID-19; Ensure appropriate access to our exceedingly taxed acute healthcare resources; Protect all patients, health care workers, and human services workers from exposure; and Respond quickly and effectively to health and safety threats to our participants. Upon learning of this crisis, LifeCircles implemented our emergency preparedness protocols and has been monitoring COVID-19 data and updates…

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COVID-19 Note to Participants from our Executive Director

Dear LifeCircles participants and care partners: LifeCircles PACE is fully committed to supporting you and helping you stay safe and infenction-free during this time of worry and fear over the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that spreads very easily and can cause flu-like symptoms of fever, cough & shortness of breath. Elderly people are at the highest risk for sever complications, so we need you to help us protect you from infection. Since the virus is very easily…

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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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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

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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