Senior Living

Helping our older readers keep active, healthy and informed

A house where all can dwell

Residents hold hands during the Our Father at a Communion service inside the chapel at Henry Ford Village in Dearborn.

Henry Ford Village Catholic community cultivates faith in full-service chapel Dearborn — It’s no small secret that people tend to become more religious as they age. Whether it’s because they have more time for God as career and family obligations ease, or the passing of time gives them greater spiritual perspective, seniors often find solace…

Senior volunteers are often the ‘unsung heroes’ of parish life

Shelli Jump, St. William Parish Christian service director, assists senior volunteer Vita Harter with the parish's prayer quilt ministry. The prayer quilt ministry, along with many others around the parish, is one of the many ways seniors volunteer their time to enrich parish's mission.


Photos by Dan Meloy | The Michigan Catholic

From altar societies to parish office volunteers, seniors keep parishes going Walled Lake —When someone is needed to count the weekly collection, they’re there. When new flowers need to be planted along the walkway, they’re there. When catered meals need to be cooked for grieving family members at funerals, they’re there. If something needs to…

Helping the poor, tutoring inmates and listening to those in distress

Bill Hill receives a hug from a woman as he hands out coffee with the St. Aloysius street ministry team in downtown Detroit on March 10. Hill is a member of the Ignatian Volunteers at Manresa, which offers retirees a chance to give their time in service to local nonprofits.



Dan Meloy | The Michigan Catholic

Ignatian Volunteers offer ‘second career’ in service for retirees looking to give back Bloomfield Hills — Careers end, but one’s duty to serve others doesn’t. Throughout Metro Detroit, dozens of retirees have spent their post-career lives volunteering through the Ignatian Volunteers at Manresa, based out of the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills. The…

Congress finally gets it right: The IRA charitable rollover tax law

Individuals age 70 and a half or older are probably familiar with the IRA charitable rollover tax provisions giving them opportunity to make significant charitable gifts from their IRAs without recognizing taxable income on the distribution. Congress originally enacted the IRA charitable rollover in 2006, and that law was set to expire at the end…