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Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo

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Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo

Saturday, October 14
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI

If you are caring for a sick or aging loved one, we know it can be an overwhelming experience, but help is available. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) annual Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo gathers all the information, community resources and services caregivers need under one roof.  Whether you’re caring for a spouse, mother, father, child, other relative or friend a few hours a week or 24 hours-a-day, you will want to be there.

  • Visit with exhibitors to learn more about products and services available to assist you
  • Attend expert presentations on a variety of topics
  • Drop in and Ask the Expert from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B about Medicare, Medicaid and  services available in your community
  • Get giveaway items and have an opportunity to win a door prize
  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments (Cash & Carry snacks available late morning)



Saturday, October 14, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374

Click the “More Options” link on the map below to get directions from your location to the Suburban Collection Showplace!



Guests of the Caregiver Expo have the opportunity to attend their choice of expert presentations offered throughout the day. There will be three presentation slots: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to Noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

How to Protect Your Assets from the Devastating Cost of Long-Term Care
Christopher J. Berry, VA-Accredited and Certified Elder Law Attorney,The Elder Care Firm
Attorney Berry will share the legal steps needed to plan for the long-term care journey for yourself or a loved one, and discuss the six ways to pay for long-term care. Included will be how to plan for governmental assistance with Medicaid and the Veterans Administration (VA) Benefit.

Me, Myself and I (Caregiver Health)
Charlene Whitt, Certified Health Education Specialist
Caregiving is hard work. When you work hard you should take time for yourself to maintain your own health. However, finding that time can be harder than caregiving. This session is all about you and how to find yourself again.

Making the Most of Your Medicare Benefits
Michael Jakubic, Director of Medicare Sales, Health Alliance Plan (HAP)
Are you making the most out of your Medicare benefits? HAP’s Medicare expert will help you learn the various ways to fully utilize your Medicare benefits. Michael will review Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans to help you find the best plan for you.

Hospice: End of Life Options
Heather McPherson, Operations Manager, Personal Touch Home Health Care Services, Inc.
Today Americans are living longer. With longevity, knowing your end-of-life preferences has become more important. Heather will discuss hospice, palliative care, artificial life support, DNR, advanced directives, VSED, self-determination and their differences to help you be aware of and make informed decisions.


11 a.m. to Noon

Long-Term Care: Resources, Programs and Options That Can Help
Shavon Walton, Clinical Manager, Area Agency on Aging 1-B
Gary Evans, Vice President of Operations, SameAddress (A program of the AAA 1-B)
Long-term care options can be confusing. Knowing where to turn for services to help a loved one remain at home is important to them and you. Shavon will explore options available to caregivers like home-delivered meals, personal care, homemaking, support groups and more. Gary will share an innovative senior concierge service that’s available as well as ideas about ways to help caregivers.

The Diamond in Your Disappointment
Beth Weber, RN, HOPE Services
Caring for the chronically ill involves a variety of unrecognized and misunderstood losses. In this session participants will learn about ‘chronic sorrow’ or ‘living loss,’ gain resources to manage recurrent triggers and find the hidden treasure in their troubles so they can persevere and endure with hope.

Medicare Advantage or Medigap? What’s the Right Fit?
Rosemarie Cook, Medicare Sales Consultant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Too often, Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers let financial considerations drive their plan choice: Which plan has the lowest premium? How complicated is it to use? But Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplemental plans are different in approach and coverage. This session will educate you on some of the key differences between Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement plans, so you can make informed decisions.

Caring for the Caregiver: Creating Personal Resilience
Jane Felczak, MSN RN CPPS, Principal Quality Consultant, Henry Ford Health Systems
Resilience is the capacity to bounce back from stress, pressure or disruption. Resilience education teaches you the ability to adjust rapidly to adversity in a healthy manner, and is an integral component of personal well-being. This program was designed to bring meaningful and validated tools to participants, combining the best available data and tools with humor and honesty.


12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
Lauren Cetnar, BAA, CTRS, Education Program Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association–Greater Michigan Chapter
Behavior is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings when language is lost. However, some behavior can be challenging to caregivers. Join us to learn how to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers, and learn strategies to help understand and cope with some of the most common behavioral challenges of dementia-related diseases.

Finding the Right Medical Care for Your Loved One
Chris Popp, MD, Regional Medical Director, Oak Street Health
Rafe Petty, PhD, Regional Vice President, Oak Street Health
Managing a loved one’s medical care can be daunting for family caregivers. Finding the right healthcare provider can make a huge difference. Dr. Popp and Dr. Petty will explore how to work with providers to build a productive relationship and also introduce a different approach to healthcare for adults on Medicare that emphasizes devoting more time to patients in the exam room and beyond.

Elder Law Mini-Course for Caregivers
Jim Schuster, J.D., Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)
Jim Schuster gives you the practical information for managing long-term care. You’ll learn simple, inexpensive steps to take to avoid the devastating costs or making common mistakes, essential legal documents to have, and how to get all of your Medicare, Medicaid and VA benefits without losing your home or life savings. Attendees will take home an information-packed course book.

Resources You Might Not Know About: An Information Panel
Kelly Elswick, Resource Specialist, Area Agency on Aging 1-B
Judy Rathburn, Resource/Mobility Specialist – MyRide2/Travel and Transportation
Jenny Jarvis, Chief Strategy Office, Area Agency on Aging 1-B (Moderator, Medicare Part D Open Enrollment)
Nikki Puroff-Main, Seniors Helping Seniors


Have a Questions or Need more Info?

Contact Kathleen Yanik, Communications Manager, at (248) 262-9980. You can also contact Kathleen via email.


Interested in Exhibiting? 

If you would like to be an exhibitor, please visit our online exhibitor exhibitor registration page for more details and to register and pay.

A Special Thanks to our 2017 Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo Sponsors

Titanium Sponsors

Oak Street Health Logo Humana Logo

Gold Sponsors

Health Alliance Plan Logo Henry Ford Health System Logo The Elder Care Firm Logo


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Logo Personal Touch Home Health Care Services, Inc. Logo

Silver Sponsors

American House Senior Living Communities Logo  SameAddress Logo Guardian Medical Monitoring Logo  Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Logo


Refreshment Sponsor


Respite Sponsor

Beaumont Health
Visiting Angels

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