What to Carry in Your Car in Winter

Winter travel can be tough on car and driver, to prepare:

  • Check your tires and make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm and check tire pressure during cold weather. Remember, tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms.

  • Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up. Don't wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers.

  • Keep your fuel tank full — don't let it fall below half a tank on winter trips.

  • Program your radio for traffic reports and emergency messages (for WSDOT radio: 530 and 1610 AM).

What to carry on winter trips:

  • Keep a basic winter survival kit in your vehicle: flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, first-aid kit.

  • Load your car with winter travel gear : tire chains, ice scraper/snowbrush, jumper cables, road flares.If you find yourself stranded, be safe, stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives.



National Drug Take Back Day

Working with seniors every day as we do, we know better than most the numerous unused pills that exist in every senior’s medication cabinet. Everyone is encouraged to stop by to dispose of expired prescriptions and unwanted or unneeded medications on Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, Oct. 27.

The public event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free and anonymous public service is part of the 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administrations. 

The Grand Rapids Police Department will oversee the drug collection and ensure the drugs collected are disposed of in an appropriate manner. 

The DEA advises the public not to flush medications down the toilet or throw them in the trash because those methods of disposal could cause potential safety and health hazards. 

As part of the national event, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, Priority Health, Families Against Narcotics Grands Rapids Chapter and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services will be collecting unwanted or unused prescription drugs on Saturday at Healthier Communities (Widdicomb Building), 665 Seward Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. 

The public can swing back at the Grand Rapids-area locations listed below to drop off unwanted medications:

  • Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, 665 Seward Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

  • Ludington Hospital, 1 N. Atkinson Drive, Ludington

  • Muskegon County Sheriff's Office and Muskegon City Fire Department, 770 Terrace St., Muskegon (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)

  • Zeeland Community Hospital, 8333 Felch St., Zeeland  (4-6 p.m. October 26)

  • United & Kelsey Hospitals/Montcalm County, Endeavor Center, 201 W. Main St., Edmore

  • Grand Rapids Police Department

  • Allegan County Sheriff's Office

  • Michigan State Police (Wayland, Pleasant, Rockford, Lakeview, Paw Paw Post)

  • Kentwood Police Department 

  • Rockford Department of Public Safety 

  • Kent County Sheriff's Department, Metro Health Park East Pharmacy 

  • Zeeland Police Department

  • Holland Department of Public Safety

  • Lowell Police Department 

  • Wyoming Police Department and Metro Health Hospital 

  • East Grand Rapids Public Safety

  • Gun Lake Tribe Public Safety Department

  • Newaygo County Sheriff's Office, Hometown Pharmacy - Newaygo City Police

  • Grand Fire Department

  • Fremont Fire Department

  • White Cloud Family Healthcare

  • Barry County Sheriff's Office

  • Hastings City Police Department

  • Village of Lake Odessa

  • Van Buren County Sheriff's Office, Antwerp Township Activity Center

  • Grand Ledge Police Department 

  • Shoreline Wellness & Rehab Center

  • Albion Department of Public Safety, Family Fare Supermarket

  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department 

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Help for those caring for dementia clients

At last night's employee meeting we shared the "3 Things to never do with your loved one with dementia" from  Careblazers TV.  The link is below. Spend sometime with the channel and maybe even subscribe. They have lots of very helpful videos to help you.

Today’s video is all about the 3 things to avoid doing with your loved one at all costs. It will make you less stressed and less frustrated. PLUS, it will make your loved one with dementia less likely to become agitated and irritable.

Careblazers TV, the place where we talk about everything dementia. If you are caring for a loved one with any type of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body Dementia, or vascular dementia, then this is the place for you!


End of the Month Caregiver Resource Events

Hello Caregivers!

As the month of May comes to a close, there are a few more caregiver events that might be of interest to you. The first is on May 24, and is an Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group for caregivers of individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease or related stages of dementia. This group will meet at Mercy Health SW, Grand Conference Room, 2373 64th Street, Grand Rapids from 9:30-11:00am. If you would like to attend, contact Kendra Schumaker at (616) 530-6700

The last group of this month is the Caregiver Support Group on May 28, from 7:00-9:00pm. This group is to provide support for families and friends of aging adults. The group will meet at the Thornapple Evangelical Covenant Church (6595 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids). If you would like to attend, contact Ron Rozema at (616) 485-3578 or Julie Griffin at (616) 617-1692.

Have a great week!