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Caregivers need care too

Caregivers need care too

November is National Caregivers Month – a reminder that caregivers like Alice need care, too. First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said there are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. In May ...
We’re trained to spot early signs of depression

We’re trained to spot early signs of depression

October 10 is National Depression Screening Day. At Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, we’re looking for the signs of depression in our clients every day. The PHQ 9 Patient Health Questionnaire is used in medical offices and other facilities across the country to identify signs of depression. YMOW uses that same questionnaire as part of our ...
Take simple steps to keep food safe

Take simple steps to keep food safe

September is Food Safety Education Month – a good time to review the simple but important steps we can take to prevent foodborne illness, also known as food poisoning. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from eating contaminated food. Many of those who become ill are older adults, who are at a greater ...
Emergency meals keep clients prepared

Emergency meals keep clients prepared

September is National Preparedness Month. Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is doing its part to be sure our homebound neighbors have access to nutritious food, no matter what Old Man Winter and Mother Nature might have in store. Along with regular meals, YMOW client care associates and volunteers deliver shelf-stable food to clients at least twice ...
YMOW leaves caregiver more time to be a grandma

YMOW leaves caregiver more time to be a grandma

There’s never a lack of activity around the home that Diane shares with her 92-year-old mother, Margarine. That’s because while Diane is a daughter and full-time caregiver for her mom, she’s also a grandma and part-time caregiver for her two young grandchildren.  “The kids keep her stimulated,” Diane said of her mom, who keeps a ...
Volunteer of the Quarter

Volunteer of the Quarter

Extra batteries are just one way honored volunteer serves more than a meal She’s been called Ash, Ashercat and Ashleigh O. But it wasn’t until she became a YMOW volunteer that Ashleigh Oliveira started answering to the nickname “My Little Chocolate Chip.” “I have no idea where that came from,” Ashleigh said, but each Wednesday ...
Kiwanis Club grant supports youth volunteer program

Kiwanis Club grant supports youth volunteer program

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is grateful to the Community Services Committee of the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor for its funding of our youth volunteer program. This $2,000 grant from Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor will allow Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels to expand volunteer opportunities for young people in our community. Those opportunities include meal ...
Volunteer team up for good at National Day of Action

Volunteer team up for good at National Day of Action

Volunteers from NSF International and Retirement Income Solutions were among those who gave their time Friday, June 21, to participate in United Way’s National Day of Action. Volunteers made Fourth of July cards for Meals on Wheels clients, delivered meals and helped three local seniors with weeding and yardwork. ...
YMOW makes life easier for this dad and his kids

YMOW makes life easier for this dad and his kids

Edgar is a Meals on Wheels recipient. He’s also an author, a musician and a dad. Thanks to Meals on Wheels, one thing he isn’t is a burden to his busy children. At 51, he’s among the youngest of YMOW’s 200-plus clients. And as the father of a 27-year-old daughter and a 17-year-old son, Edgar ...
 

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