senior citizens http://michiganradio.org en Detroit conference focuses on keeping senior citizens mobile http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-conference-focuses-keeping-senior-citizens-mobile <p>Keeping elderly Michiganders mobile is the subject of a conference this week in Detroit.</p><p></p><p>Kimberly Lariviere is one of the organizers of the conference. She says most adults will outlive their ability to drive safely by as much as seven to ten years.</p><p></p><p>Lariviere says the Michigan Department of Transportation will be releasing a guide for older drivers at the conference.</p><p></p> Sun, 11 May 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17555 at http://michiganradio.org U of M research points to ways to help elderly patients recover more independence http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-research-points-ways-help-elderly-patients-recover-more-independence <p>New research from the University of Michigan may show a way to help older people recover their independence after suffering a serious injury.</p><p></p><p>It’s estimated that 40% of trauma patients will be 65 and older during the next four decades.</p><p></p><p>Getting geriatric patients back on their feet and independent is especially difficult.</p><p></p><p>U of M researchers interviewed older patients a year after being seriously injured in an accident.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15476 at http://michiganradio.org U of M research points to ways to help elderly patients recover more independence The intergenerational 'Legacies Project' shares stories you'll want to hear http://michiganradio.org/post/intergenerational-legacies-project-shares-stories-youll-want-hear <p>When Jimmy Rhoades was 26-years-old, his father was diagnosed with cancer. Rhoades was told he would have between six months and a year left with his dad. He went home, and really got to know his father.</p><p>"I found out more about his biography in the last six months of his life than in the previous 26 years," Rhoades said.</p><p>With the loss of another family member after his father passed away, Rhoades realized the therapeutic value in having your story heard.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:23:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 12926 at http://michiganradio.org The intergenerational 'Legacies Project' shares stories you'll want to hear The bill changing Blue Cross Blue Shield to be signed into law Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-changing-blue-cross-blue-shield-be-signed-law-monday <p>Governor Snyder is scheduled to sign a law tomorrow that will transform Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan into a customer-owned non-profit insurance company.</p><p></p><p>Supporters say the change will make Michigan’s health insurance market more competitive.</p><p></p><p>But the AARP and other opponents complain the change will eventually cost nearly 200 thousand Michigan senior citizens the Medi-gap coverage they need.</p><p></p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:36:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11723 at http://michiganradio.org The bill changing Blue Cross Blue Shield to be signed into law Monday 'Snowbirds' getting the attention of Republicans in Michigan and Florida http://michiganradio.org/post/snowbirds-getting-attention-republicans-michigan-and-florida <p>Retirees are expected to play a pivotal role in this fall’s election.</p><p></p><p>Republican Party leaders in Michigan and Florida are particularly interested in one unique set of voters - the so-called Snowbirds.</p><p></p><p>Snowbird is the term used for northern retirees who spend the winters in Florida.</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8822 at http://michiganradio.org 'Snowbirds' getting the attention of Republicans in Michigan and Florida