Category Archives: Sr Citizens

Ann Arbor is home to a Alzheimer’s testing site where a new drug is being tested

file000894312228 (1)The A4 study, as it’s known, is focused on people 65 to 85 years old who still have a normal memory, but have early signs of Alzheimer’s.

These people will be administered a drug to see if it will slow or stop the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Reisa Sperling is the Director at the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment.

“This is a new study and what’s particularly new about it is trying it in people who don’t yet have symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. So we’re really trying to change the way we think about Alzheimer’s disease and focus on prevention, rather than most of the trials which unfortunately have not done so well at later stages of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Dr. Sperling says the study has been going on since 2014, and results are expected in 2020.

Sperling says the study will cost around $140 million and is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Will there ever be an end to poverty?

file0002103408351 (1)As a part of our ongoing series of reports on homelessness, Ben Thorp went to a Saginaw soup kitchen to talk about the services they offer. He wound up speaking to a CMU professor about poverty, its persistence, and what we can do to eradicate it.

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Seventy years later, man receives award for WWII service

 

 

IMG_7441It took seven decades, but at the Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Private First Class William Yoder was awarded both the bronze star and the purple heart  for his service in World War II.

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Conspiracy of silence: New website shines light on elderly abuse in Michigan


Sad Old PersonThe rate of elderly abuse in Michigan is roughly 3 times more than the national average. In an attempt to raise awareness of the issue the Stern Law Group has sponsored a website that lists nursing homes and their violations nationwide. Continue reading

New study shows Alzheimer’s disease takes a heavy toll on family finances

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November is National Alzheimer’s Month, and a new study shows the disease takes a heavy toll on family finances.

The study conducted by the National Institute on Aging shows that caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s can become more costly than cancer or heart disease. Continue reading

‘On the Map’ visits one of the world’s largest toy museums

If you’re young at heart or craving a taste of nostalgia, look no further than Bay City.

Home to one of the biggest toy collections in the world, The Antique Toy and Fire Truck Museum is every kids worst nightmare. Thousands of toys, but you can’t touch them! Jimmie Dobson is the the man behind the museum, and it’s his collection that makes up most of the exhibits. Continue reading

Seniors could play an especially important role in upcoming election

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Michiganders age 50 and over are expected to represent well over half of the voters that show up to the polls on November Fourth. That’s pretty typical of a non-presidential election, but seniors and retirees are playing an especially important role in this year’s election.
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AARP and Commission on Aging to offer Smart Driver course


In the age of smart phones, and smart cars, perhaps it’s no surprise that AARP is offering a course for smart drivers.

The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging has partnered with AARP to host a driving class specifically designed for older drivers.

Georgia Durga is the Director of the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging. Continue reading

Michigan food deserts continue to impact residents


Fresh fruits and vegetables are popping up at local farmer’s markets across Michigan, but in some parts of the state, good food is hard to find.

The term food desert is used to describe areas with little or no access to affordable and nutritious food. Places, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, like Saginaw and Cadillac. Continue reading