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A 5-Step Action Plan for Caregivers of Aging Parents or Loved Ones

Caring for a loved one can be tough. This simple action plan for caregivers can help you get your bearings and make your caregiving role a little easier.

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Tips for Preventing Senior Falls

Falls are a leading cause of injury and loss of independence among older adults but there are many ways to avoid them.

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10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Seniors

Find out which habits keep residents of Ikaria, a Greek Island, living well into their 90s.

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Encouraging Exercise for an Aging Loved One

Fear, fatigue, chronic pain or just plain lack of motivation might be keeping your loved one stationary. So how do you get them off the couch and on to healthy…

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Caregiving During Coronavirus

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, caregivers are finding new ways to navigate their daily responsibilities.

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Even Heroes Need Encouragement

In this post from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, find out why caregivers deserve our respect as the heroes they are.

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Protect Your Kids from Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying takes bullying to a new level because it’s far more public and has the capacity to spread fast, far and wide. Find out how to protect your kids.

Teen girl being bullied online

What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Prevention

Living a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of many illnesses, including breast cancer.

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Remembering Brandon Michael: A Story of Infant Loss

Guest blogger Lindsey Clair shares her experience with infant loss in this moving post.

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Combating Caregiver Isolation and Loneliness

In this post from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, caregivers can learn how their duties can lead to isolation and what they can do to stay connected.

Daughter caring for elderly mom
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Why Safe Routes to Schools Matter

In this guest post from Ty Schmidt, executive director of Traverse City-based non-profit organization Norte, learn why walkable communities are good for health.

Image of two schoolgirls walking home from school.

Caregivers: Tips on How to Say “No” and When to Say “Yes”

For some caregivers, it’s hard to find balance between taking care of yourself and the person you’re caring for. Read up on these tips to protect your time.

Caregiver looking at calendar.

Housing Options for Seniors Who Can’t (Or Don’t Want) to Live Alone

What are the options when it comes to senior housing? This guest post from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B provides tips and considerations for choosing wisely.

Group of seniors sitting down together at an assisted living facility
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What to Expect During Back-to-School Check-Ups

Annual physicals are an important measure in preventing child illness.

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Things You Might Not Expect on Your Caregiving Journey

If you’re caring for a loved one, there could be aspects of caregiving that will surprise you. Read on for what to expect and how to cope.

Granddaughter taking care of her grandmother

Avoiding Summertime Dehydration

Throughout summer, it’s important to keep in mind the dangers of dehydration and how to enjoy the warmer weather safely.


Seven Ways to Avoid the Post-Retirement Blues

As they enter retirement, seniors may struggle with their value or sense of purpose. Here are seven meaningful activities for post-retirement life.

Grandfather and grandson working together in the garden.

How to Help Your Mental Health

Regardless of mental health history, practicing self-care on a regular basis ensures a healthy mind, body and spirit throughout life.

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Long-Distance Caregiving: How Can You Help a Loved One?

Experts from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B share tips on caring for a loved one from afar, including warning signs they might need more help and how to find it.

Elderly woman using Skype to talk to her family.

Keeping Older Drivers Safe

Worried about an older loved one’s ability to drive? Read up on how to approach this delicate subject with tips from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.

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5 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Independent for as Long as Possible

If you have aging parents or are a senior wanting to stay in your home independently, this post from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B is full of helpful tips.

Senior woman in her kitchen.

Tips for Effective Communication in a Relationship

Just because you’re in love doesn’t mean you won’t sometimes disagree. Learn how to keep the lines of communication open without saying something you’ll regret.

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Midland’s Dow Tennis Classic Inspires Next Generation of Players

Visit Midland during the Dow Tennis Classic, which hosts high-caliber professionals and offers plenty of opportunities for kids and adults to get in the game.

Little girl playing tennis on an indoor court.
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Healthier Halloween Treats Your Kids Will Love

Here are a few helpful tips to make this Halloween a bit healthier for your trick-or-treaters.

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3 Ways to Reduce Your Impact at ArtPrize

An event the size of ArtPrize is bound to create some waste. ArtPrize’s Communications Manager shares tips on how to make your visit environmentally friendly.

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Educate Yourself About Mental Health Stigmas

Help stop the stigma surrounding mental health by educating yourself on the topic.


Breaking Down the Numbers: Hypertension 101

Maintaining healthy blood pressure levels is important to reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Clearing Up Misconceptions About Heart Disease

Test your heart disease knowledge as we bust these popular myths.


7 Health Conditions That Most Commonly Affect Men

Men's Health Month each November is recognized as a wake-up call for men to get smart about their health. Learn about 7 common conditions that affect men.


Is Your Child’s School Prepared for a Cardiac Arrest?

Nov. 6-10, 2017 and Feb. 5-9, 2018 are weeks designated for CPR/AED drills in Michigan schools. Make sure your local schools are participating.

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Understanding Mental Health Care Stigmas in African American and Latino Communities

African Americans and Latinos are less likely to seek mental health treatment. Find out why and how to help combat the stigma of mental illness.


Pulse3 Foundation to Host “Sidewalk CPR” Events

Join Pulse3 Foundation to become trained in CPR/AED at one of their "sidewalk CPR" events this year.


Eye Health and Safety 101

Get to know the risk factors, methods of prevention and warning signs associated with common eye injuries.


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