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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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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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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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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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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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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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