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Health Seminar Series in April

Health Seminar Series in April

The community is invited to sign up to attend any of the last four Health Seminar Meetings at Age Management of West Michigan.

My Town GR South: MapleCreek adds a dementia director to leadership team

My Town GR South: MapleCreek adds a dementia director to leadership team

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— MapleCreek, one of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan’s senior living communities, has hired Kathy Mindes as their new dementia director.

Mindes started her new position on March 3, and is responsible for the Woods, MapleCreek’s dedicated memory care program, and The Harbor, a smaller memory care unit at The Lodge at MapleCreek.

“At MapleCreek, we want to make sure we provide excellent evidenced-based care to our residents,” said Deedre Vriesman, executive director at MapleCreek. “Based on Kathy’s experience as a psychiatric nurse, and her years of experience working with individuals with memory care issues, I know that she is going to bring a breadth of knowledge and expertise to our communities here.”

My Town GR South: Affordable Care Act Sign Up Day March 29

My Town GR South: Affordable Care Act Sign Up Day March 29

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—People who still haven’t enrolled for health care coverage will have one last chance during an event at River City Scholars Academy Saturday, March 29.

Affordable Care Act Sign Up Day  will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the Cherry Street Health Clinic will hold two information sessions to go over the Affordable Care Act and enrollment options.  Those sessions will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors can also sign up for coverage at the school, located at 944 Evergreen Street SE.

The deadline for enrolling for health coverage is March 31.  Those who do not sign up will face a federal penalty.

My Town: Mel Trotter Hope Totes accepted through April 20

My Town: Mel Trotter Hope Totes accepted through April 20

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Individuals, families, churches, youth groups and schools can order Mel Trotter purple “Hope Tote” bags which then can be filled with new personal hygiene items for those in need in the community.

To order a tote, visit the Mel Trotter website. Suggested personal care items (standard or travel size) are:

  • Shampoo/conditioner (including ethnic hair products)
  • Deodorant
  • Soap/body wash
  • Bath sponges/Washcloths
  • Toothpaste
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Tissues

Filled Hope Totes can be dropped off through April 20 at Mel Trotter's Downtown Mission at 225 Commerce Ave. SW in Grand Rapids or the Mel Trotter Thrift Stores, at 555 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids, 538 S. State Street in Sparta, 363 E. State Street in Belding and 7500 Cottonwood Dr. Suite D in Jenison.

'Above the Influence' campaign informs kids that it's hip to be square

'Above the Influence' campaign informs kids that it's hip to be square

By Victoria Mullen
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Old Navy and the Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC) have a fabulous message for teens: It’s chic to say ‘no’ to doing drugs and alcohol. Yes, kids, it’s fashionable to stand up to negative pressures, and to live ‘Above the Influence.’

My Town GR South: Affordable Care Act Sign Up Day March 29

My Town GR South: Affordable Care Act Sign Up Day March 29

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—People who still haven’t enrolled for health care coverage will have one last chance during an event at River City Scholars Academy Saturday, March 29.

Affordable Care Act Sign Up Day  will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the Cherry Street Health Clinic will hold two information sessions to go over the Affordable Care Act and enrollment options.  Those sessions will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors can also sign up for coverage at the school, located at 944 Evergreen Street SE.

The deadline for enrolling for health coverage is March 31.  Those who do not sign up will face a federal penalty.

American Red Cross in need of blood after donation drop

American Red Cross in need of blood after donation drop

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The American Red Cross is trying to rebound after a devastating drop in donations caused by severe winter weather.

From Jan. 2 through Feb. 10, the organization says more than 1,000 of its blood drives nationwide were canceled, leading to a loss of about 35,000 blood and platelet donations.  The Red Cross says the impact is equivalent to the organization shutting down its national operations for more than two full days. 

“On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day to help patients nationwide,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region.  “Regardless of the weather, patients are counting on blood products to be there when needed.”