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Go Red! Celebrate Your Health
Go Red! Celebrate Your Health

Go Red!

February is American Heart Month and on February 2nd, the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health celebrate National Wear Red Day to bring attention to the number one killer of women, heart disease. 


Celebrate Your Health!

When it comes to heart health, there are some changes that pack a big punch.  Celebrate your health and the health of others in you life by making these strategies a priority:

• Move More.  The more active you are, the better you will feel and the lower your risk for heart disease will be.  All activity sounds, so don't skip it if you are short on time.  Ten minutes, three times a day is enough to make a difference.

• Eat more of the good stuff.  Registered Dietitian at EHM Senior Solutions in Saline, MI, Rebecca Round recommends "One way to “eat more of the good stuff” is by drinking green smoothies. They are a fast and easy way to get your veggies in the morning. Smoothies are portable which makes them the perfect breakfast for a person on the go. Just mix yogurt with frozen fruits and green leafy vegetables and blend till smooth. Add flax or chia seeds to add more fiber and heart healthy antioxidants. There’s no limit to the combinations of smoothie flavors, so let your imagination run wild. If you’re not a person who likes to experiment, the internet is a great source of recipes for those new to the green smoothie craze. So raise a glass of the “green” stuff and drink to your heart health!"

• Eat less of the not so good stuff.  Foods that are high in sodium (salt), trans or saturated fat, and added sugar such as bacon or packaged snacks and desserts, increase your heart disease risk and should be reduced.  

• Know where you stand - not all risk factors are obvious and some developing heart symptoms have no symptoms at all.  Check in with your doctor regularly to see what your personal heart disease risk is.  

Check out the American Heart Association to learn more at


2018 Crain's Book of Lists

We're elated to be listing in the 2018 Crain's Book of Lists! This year are listed as the 11th largest nonprofit in Michigan!


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2017 Crain's Book of Lists

We're thrilled! EHM Senior Solutions was listed as the 14th largest nonprofit in Michigan by Crain's!


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Creating a Real-Life Video Experience for Individuals Facing Memory Loss

Creating a Real-Life Video Experience
for Individuals Facing Memory Loss

Quality of Life/Satisfaction with Care and Services

Organization Name
Evangelical Homes of Michigan Senior Solutions (“EHM”)

Organization Type
Diverse Long Term and Post-Acute Provider; offering an array of home based services and technology solutions via four (4) subsidiaries to over 6000 older adults annually.

It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) is a national technology provider focused on client engagement and life enriching experiences for persons with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and generalized memory impairment through the use of multiple technologies designed with the end-user in mind, including, but not limited to care providers dealing with individuals with memory loss, family and friends who are seeking meaningful interaction and relationships, and most importantly, the client who is seeking meaningful interactions as their own disease progresses.

Other Partner
Saline Area Schools

Organization Description

EHM is known for its innovative and technology-advanced programs targeted to serve individuals with memory loss or memory impairment.
EHM’s Memory Support Center at Brecon Village, its Cottage Homes, as well as its Dottie Crim Adult Day Center in Saline, Michigan, strive to
normalize the aging process and the impact of declining memory for the one in eight Washtenaw County individuals over the age of 65 that are faced with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Since 2010, these programs have remained at full capacity, caring for nearly 800 individuals affected by memory impairment. The individuals served since the memory support opened in 2010 are primarily residents of Washtenaw County and, in particular, the city of Saline. With its full array of services and solutions, EHM serves 6000 seniors and their families on an annual basis.

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New Food, New Me
New Food, New Me

 New Food, New Me

Are you looking for a New Year’s resolution that can be good for you AND fun?  Challenge yourself to try new foods!  Regardless of how old you are, it is possible to discover new foods or discover a new liking for a food you thought you didn’t enjoy.

Mix it up – foods often take on very different flavors depending on how they were prepared.  This is especially true for vegetables, which most of us should be resolving to eat more of.  Raw Spinach in a salad has a very different flavor than sautéed spinach.  Texture can also change with preparation and can be a big factor in whether or not we like a food.  Some people enjoy the crunch of a raw carrot, but do not enjoy the soft feel of a cooked carrot.  Flavor combinations will also impact whether or not we like a given food.  Give different herbs, spices and sauces a try on any food you are trying.

Try, try and try again – you have probably heard the idea of exposing children to food multiple times before deciding that they do or don’t like it.  This same approach may work with adults as well.  Don’t give up on a food the first time you try it.  Simply becoming more familiar with a food may increase the chances that you will like it.  It is also important to remember that factors beyond flavor can impact your reaction to a food.  The setting, the way the food is presented and even who you are with when you try it could influence your preferences. 

Make it Social -  EHM Registered Dietitian, Dana Lutz, offers the following advice, when eating out with friends or family, order a new item to share in addition to your meal. Recipes are developed based on all the different foods’ flavors. Instead of omitting items from meals you order out, try the meal as is. Are you on social media? Post pictures of your new favorite foods and share within your network. You can be the inspiration to others, too!


Party Like A Pro!
Party Like  A Pro!

With end of the year holiday parties popping up all around you it may seem like sticking to your health goals will be impossible.  We asked our registered dietitians (RDs) to share their tips for enjoying party season without sacrificing your well-being.

Before the Party

Our Registered Dietitian, Rebecca Round, reviews a few tips for party planning “Eating healthy during holiday party season can be a challenge.  Spicing up that usually boring veggie tray can be a great way to ensure that you and your guests are still getting something nutritious.  Some tips include using veggies not normally seen on a traditional veggie tray like endive or marinated mushrooms. Blanch a few types of vegetables for those guests that don’t enjoy their veggies raw, this is especially good for broccoli or asparagus. Keep greens or stems on some veggies to create visual interest. Ditch that ho-hum platter for a unique serving dish that will draw attention to the vegetables like a colorful cutting board or glass bowl. Lastly, offer more than just one dip that will compliment a variety of vegetables and keep your guests coming back for more.”

During the Party

Our Registered Dietitian, Dao Tran, recommends “to prevent overeating, be mindful when selecting foods from buffet lines.  It’s helpful to see what’s available by browsing the buffet line first before filling your plate.  Once decided, you can head for those items.  Also, to minimize the temptation of second and third helpings, take the time to enjoy each bite of food.  Eat slowly and try to put your fork or plate down between bites.  Don’t forget to drink water!  Always have water nearby, even if you are drinking other beverages, keep your body hydrated!”


Eat Right, Live Well: More than Just Sugar
Eat Right, Live Well: More than Just Sugar

Eat Right, Live Well: More than Just Sugar

Many people go to the doctor and hear that their “sugar is a little high” and wonder if that means diabetes.  While many things can cause your blood sugar to be higher than it should, diabetes or being at risk for diabetes (sometimes called pre-diabetes) is a major reason.  The good news is that for many people, diabetes* can be prevented by making a few healthy changes – the same changes that can also work to control diabetes if you already have it. 

Eat Well: Eating well does not mean simply avoiding sugar.  We need a healthy balance of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fasts.  Eating regular meals and snacks throughout the day, instead of skipping some meals and going overboard on others can also work wonders on balancing your blood sugar. Our Registered Dietitian, Dana Lutz, suggests “Many people like to finish their meal with a sweet item.  As an RD, I like to incorporate naturally sweetened foods like fruit as a dessert.  Adding fresh mint to berries is a satisfying combination.  Remember to read the nutrition label on packaged foods to know how the total amount of carbohydrates is in each portion.”

Move More: Getting 30 minutes of physical activity, at least five days per week, has been shown to help prevent or delay diabetes*.  Those 30 minutes don’t have to be spend doing unpleasant activities to see the benefits.  Pick something you like, do it at a moderate in intensity and stick with it.  If your schedule is tight, you can even break it into three 10 minute blocks throughout the day.



1. National Diabetes Education Program, a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public and private organizations. Accessed 9/6/17 at

2. 2015 Diabetes Types 1 and 2 Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library®. Available at

What to Expect At a Fitness Assessment

What to Expect At a Fitness Assessment

When someone comes in for an assessment for personal training, they often don’t know what to expect.  I’m here to share what to expect at any fitness assessment you should receive before starting an exercise program.

·       Before you arrive:

o   Plan on an hour (or more): your first appointment will be the longest, as there is much to go over. Budget at least an hour for your initial assessment.

o   Be prepared to move: dress comfortably with supportive athletic shoes, as we will do some simple tests to figure out good starting points for your fitness level.

o   Be familiar with your medical history/medications: certain precautions must be taken depending on current or past medical history and/or medications, so you will be asked a few questions about this. All certified personal trainers are educated on HIPAA, so your medical history will not be shared with others.

o   Eat and drink: don’t come on an entirely empty stomach. Since you’ll be moving, you will need some fuel and proper hydration. Stick with a lighter meal or snack, nothing that will make you feel weighed down.

·       When you arrive for your appointment:

o   Conversation to start: Plan to sit down for a conversation before you get moving. You’ll be asked about pertinent medical history, medications, previous exercise experience, exercise preference, and goals. You’ll also want to discuss how much time you have each week to dedicate to a program and how frequently you’ll want to meet with your trainer so we can make a realistic program for you.

o   Physical Assessment: Now we move! We will start by looking at posture, balance, flexibility, and movement abilities (some of this we will assess just watching you walk in for your assessment!). Then we look at body composition (there are a variety of ways to do this, so stay tuned to future blogs to learn more on the different methods), cardiovascular abilities, and muscle strength and endurance.

·       Tips from a trainer:

o   Ask your trainer their credentials and experience: They should be certified by an accredited personal training group such as ACE, ACSM, ISSA, and NASM to name a few. If you have a complicated medical history or have very specific goals, you may want someone with a Bachelors or Master’s degree in some type of movement science such as Exercise Science, Kinesiology, or Physiology to better meet your needs.

o   Don’t be nervous: We see clients every day of varying ages and fitness levels. We are not judging your abilities, we are simply trying to understand your baseline so we can help you achieve your goals!

o   Speak up: if something it too hard, too easy, hurts, or makes you uncomfortable, let us know. We are here for YOU. If something doesn’t work for you, we will change it to meet your needs.

If you are looking to start a program and live in the Saline, Michigan area, contact us at the Brecon Village Wellness Center at (734)429-1155 ext. 2206 to set up your appointment.

Get moving!

Hannah Rauch BS, CPT


Expert Tips for Quick Dinners

Expert Tips for Quick Dinners

When life gets busy, whipping up a delicious, well balanced dinner that the whole family will enjoy can seem like a big task.  Follow these tips from some of our Registered Dietitians to make dinner time more manageable.

·       Plan and Prep ahead:

o   Spreading the work of meal prep to less hectic days can be a big time saver.  EHM’s Registered Dietitian, Christina Weber, recommends “set aside a few hours during the week when you have quiet time to plan meals, make a grocery list, and set aside meal prep time.  Then, prep vegetables and proteins in bulk for your meals that can be quickly cooked up during hectic evenings.  Top the meals with healthy additions such as avocado, or a homemade vinaigrette.”

·       Quick Dinner Solutions:

o   Weekdays don’t always lend themselves to spending a lot of time in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean that the healthfulness of your meals has to suffer.  Registered Dietitian, Anne Maynard, suggests “If you tend to feel overwhelmed by meal planning, try a general outline of meals based on your family’s favorite dinners. Before making your grocery list each week take a few minutes to customize the meal plan, that way you always have variety in your meals, but with less effort. For example:

§  Monday- soup & sandwich

§  Tuesday – tacos

§  Wednesday – pasta

§  Thursday- chicken and roasted vegetable

§  Friday – entrée salad             

o   For many, school is back in session which can make evenings and meal planning hectic.  The stress of the day and event scheduling often causes families to put nutritious meals on hold for ease and convenience.  One quick and healthy meal alternative is crockpot cooking. Crockpot cooking enables families to choose their favorite, healthy, food options and prepare them the day(s) or night(s) before.  During the busy day, food is slowing cooking so everyone can come home to a completed and warm meal.  This will help save families from hunger meltdowns and fast food stops.

Eat Right, Live Well,

Christina Weber MS, RD        

Anne Maynard RD

Nicole Blair RD                       

Powerful Presentation Helps EHM Senior Solutions Win Grant for “Safe at Home” Program


Powerful Presentation Helps EHM Senior Solutions Win Grant for “Safe at Home” Program

Funds from 100+ Women Who Care–Washtenaw County Will Help Build 

Endowment to Provide In-Home Support and Assistance to Seniors in Need 


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – June 19, 2017 – An impactful presentation helped EHM Senior Solutions (EHM), formerly Evangelical Homes of Michigan, win a grant of $11,400 from the Washtenaw County chapter of 100+ Women Who Care (WCC) to help seniors stay safe and independent in their own homes through one of its signature programs.


“Amazing things can happen when you get a group of thoughtful caring women together and ask them to help change the world”, states Marge Farrand from WWC. But that’s exactly what 100+ Women Who Care does twice a year when they meet. Women from all over Washtenaw County get together and hear presentation from members who wish to support a local charity.  Then the participants vote on a winner and each member writes a check for $100.  EHM Director of Philanthropy Heather Feldkamp’s moving presentation on EHM’s “Safe at Home” program prompted one hundred and fourteen women from the chapter to write a check bringing the grant total to $11,400.


“We are proud of Heather and the work she did to earn this grant for EHM and the many seniors who need and benefit from our Safe at Home program.” said Denise Rabidoux, president and CEO of EHM Senior Solutions. The Safe at Home program is EHM Senior Solutions’ unique approach to combat the challenges faced by low-income, frail older adults aging in place.  Some of the problems include outliving their financial resources and insufficient community support to help them meet their day-to-day needs.


EHM Senior Solutions has set a goal of ultimately building an endowment to help eligible participants in Washtenaw county access Safe at Home program services, with assistance ranging from home assessments to home refurbishments to technical support.


“We are grateful to the 100+ Women Who Care (Washtenaw County chapter) for selecting our organization and helping give seniors in need an opportunity to stay safe and independent in their homes now and in the future,” said Rabidoux. 



About EHM Senior Solutions

EHM Senior Solutions is a health and human service organization that provides health care, housing and community services to seniors and their families in SE Michigan.  Founded nearly 140 years ago, EHM is one of the largest nonprofits of its kind in metro Detroit and one of the oldest in the state, serving more than 5,500 seniors annually.  Over the past 10 years, it has provided $18 million in charitable support and services to those in need.  For more information, visit


About 100+ Women Who Care

We are women from the Washtenaw County area who believe that we can all make our world a better place by helping those in need.  We meet twice a year to select a local charity and all members contribute $100 for a collective donation.  We believe as a collective group, our donation can make a huge difference.  We are on Facebook at: 100wwcwashtenawcounty or contact Marge Farrand at


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