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For most of us, we have had someone say this on many occasions in our lives, most likely from a parent or grandparent. Although great advice may be delivered in this message, it is important to note that young adults often want to forge their own way and may discount such sage advice. While observing many weddings and births recently, I was reminded of that popular saying: Mothers of the Groom should show up, shut up and wear beige.

During a recent visit to the Village of Sage Grove in Kalamazoo, Administrator Paula Hager took me for a stroll through their community garden to see their newly planted Living Memorial Tree. The idea for the tree sprang from a comment Paula overheard during the funeral of a resident who had recently died. Reflecting on the person who had passed, she heard someone remark, “we should plant a tree.” That simple comment put into motion what this spring and summer became a community wide effort to create an accessible space on the Sage Grove campus to honor the residents who spent the last years of their lives at the Village.

All too often I hear terrible stories of how a senior has been exploited, sometimes by total strangers and sometimes by relatives, even their own children! So I decided it is time to review some tips for protecting oneself from a potential tragedy. Here are some tips recommended by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office:

Be alert to individuals who seem extremely interested in your personal finances.

Do not turn over your checkbook or any other financial affairs to another person unless you have established trust in them.

NEWS FLASH! Our society is getting older! I call this a new flash in jest since almost everyone seems to know this either from the news itself or from personal experience. Every family and community in America is involved in some way with this dramatic demographic shift in our culture. Whether you are a senior citizen, a provider, a senior’s loved one or an advertiser this notion will resonate with you. Although we know this important fact, actually focusing in on specific statistics really brings the case home.

With the upcoming holidays I would like to share important information from the Oakland County Health Division:

Hot foods should be kept at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. On the buffet table, keep hot foods hot with chafing dishes, slow cookers and warming trays. Cold foods should be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Keep foods cold by nesting dishes in bowls of ice and replenishing ice as it melts. Otherwise, use smaller serving dishes and exchange with cold dishes of food from the refrigerator at least every two hours.

PVM is in the midst of our 70th Anniversary. We have been known as innovators since the beginning and continue to provide creative solutions for enjoying life to the fullest. If you are a PVM resident, a caregiver, or simply a senior who is wanting to remain where you are safely and securely, we have a new service to help you or a loved one. We have piloted a program at The Village of Westland for five years with high customer satisfaction and are now launching it to all of our Villages as well as entire communities throughout Michigan.