Warm Hearts on a Cold Day

Run and hide, winter is just around the corner. Unfortunately not all of us are able to escape from the cold winter months, but don’t worry, we are here to help you get through them.   The winter months can take a toll on older adults, especially on those living in rural Cass County. When the... (read more)



Test Your Fitness Level

Remember in gym class having to perform a fitness test to pass PE? You can evaluate your own fitness level similar to that right from home. Physical fitness is the “ability to carry out daily tasks easily and having enough reserve energy to respond to unexpected demands.” Using the following... (read more)



Pumpkin to Talk About

I cannot believe it is fall already! One of my favorite things of fall is pumpkins and their various shapes, sizes, and colors. I enjoy seeing the array of carved pumpkins people display on their front porch. I delight in eating pumpkin pie, bread, and donuts. The spices and ³ avors that only come... (read more)



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast health care is important! As seniors age, many medical conditions can surface including cancer. Statistics report seniors 65 years or older account for 60% of newly diagnosed cancers. Cancer screenings for seniors is vital because it offers early findings as well as detects cancer before... (read more)



In Memory of Frannie Stites

Frannie Stites was instrumental in creating and building our extensive fitness program in Dowagiac. She taught classes for the COA at several locations throughout Dowagiac and even helped campaign and raise funds to build Front Street Crossing.   She was also a talented musician that played many... (read more)



Fall Festival at The Newton House

Fall Festival at The Newton House   Sunday, October 3   1:00-4:30 pm    The Newton House 20689 Marcellus Highway (east of Decatur Road)   Free event for families and history buffs of all ages.   Featuring: Music by Old Country Hayrides through Russ Forest Craft demonstrations Yard games and... (read more)



Challenge Your Balance

Balance is important for everyone. Whether walking along the sidewalk, working in the garden, or driving down the street, balance is key. So here are some fun balance exercises to keep you moving and grooving towards a more balanced life!   Exercises are listed in order of difficulty. If unable to... (read more)



Rake A Difference

On November 11, the United Way of Southwest Michigan will be sending volunteers to three area counties to make a difference with the use of a rake.   This service is for seniors, age 60 and older, who are physically unable to perform yardwork and can’t afford to pay for services. Those eligible... (read more)



Season for Half & Half

Each mid-September we greet the fall season with the arrival of the fall or autumnal equinox while our neighbors below the equator welcome in the spring or vernal equinox. So what exactly is the equinox? It is the point at which the sun’s rays directly hit the equator because the Earth’s axis is... (read more)



Are you 55 or older and raising a grandchild or child close to you?

Kinship care or 'relative care' is the full time parenting of children by grandparents, other extended family members, or adults with whom they have a close family-like relationship.   The Area Agency on Aging seeks to assist kinship families though offering access to resources and supplies.... (read more)