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Get Help Understanding Your Options During Medicare Open Enrollment

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Open Enrollment runs annually October 15 through December 7. It’s the one time of year that you can make changes to your plan choices regarding Part D Prescription plans or Medicare Advantage plans. During Open Enrollment you can: Enroll in or switch Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans Change from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan or switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan to original Medicare Switch Medicare Advantage Plans Plan ...

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Five Things You Should Do If You Are Caring for an Aging Parent or Loved One

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Caring for a loved one can be tough. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B's Information and Assistance telephone line often takes calls from family caregiverswho are overwhelmed and don't know where to turn for help. Perhaps they have been suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver after a health crisis hits an aging parent or other family member  (Maybe a parent has fallen and had a fracture; or been diagnosed ...

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Classes Give Caregiver the Knowledge She Needs to Cope with Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Working caregiver uses knowledge she's gained from the Creating Confident Caregivers class to care for her dad Megan, age 31, is the quintessential working caregiver. The Southfield resident holds down a demanding job in healthcare IT while trying to take care of her father who has Alzheimer’s disease. Megan’s work takes her well beyond the boundary of 9 to 5. She travels a lot—implementing systems and software in hospitals around the ...

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Legal Tips to Help People Caring for an Aging Loved One

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Guest blogger Christopher J. Berry, Certified Elder Law Attorney from the Elder Care Firm, helps walk family caregivers through some of the most common legal issues Note: Berry will be presenting at the Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo on Saturday, October 14 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. His presentation begins at 9:30 a.m. For more details on the event, visit our Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo page.  Becoming a caregiver ...

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Caregivers: Conquer Burnout with Resilience Training

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Guest Blogger Jane Felczak from Henry Ford Health System helps family caregivers learn to build the resilience they need as they tackle the tough job of caregiver.  by Jane Felczak, MSN, R.N., CPPS, Clinical Quality & Safety, Henry Ford Health System It’s a demanding job that comes with no pay and no benefits. Most workers average 24 hours per week, but some put in more than 40. Half of these workers say ...

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Caregiver Isolation & Loneliness

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

If you’re caring for a loved one, today let’s not talk statistics about family caregiving. Today, let’s just focus on YOU. You probably don’t have a lot of time to call your own, and may not have the freedom to keep up the social ties that would help support you and keep you physically and mentally strong. Your “free time” is spent grocery shopping, paying bills, helping your loved one shower, ...

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Draft Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Implementation Plan Now Available

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

A draft of the Annual Implementation Plan for fiscal year 2018 in now available for review. A public forum will be held at the Area Agency on Aging 1-B Southfield Office (29100 Northwestern Highway, Suite 400, Southfield, MI) on Wednesday, May 10, at 9 a.m.  Older adults, family caregivers, professionals involved in caring for older adults, and all other interested parties are invited to attend. Those who cannot attend in person ...

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How caregivers classes make a difference

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

  Take a breath If you’re a caregiver, there’s a very good chance you take care of your loved one first and think of yourself last. However, as anyone who’s been on a flight somewhere will tell you, when the oxygen mask drops from the overhead you’re supposed to take breath yourself before you try to help someone else. The same applies to caregiving; this isn’t the time to stop taking ...

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Public Invited to Forum on May 10

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Forum Gives Public a Voice on Spending for Aging Services AAA 1-B seeks recommendations on the distribution of state and federal dollars during Fiscal Year 2018 The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is holding a public forum in order to get feedback on how approximately $22 million in annual federal and state funding earmarked for senior services in its six-county service region during Fiscal Year 2018 should be spent. The ...

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Government Programs and Agencies that Can Help Seniors in Southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Many seniors will reach a point where they need some extra support to help them stay living at home. Maybe they need some financial support because they are having trouble making ends meet. Or maybe they need help at home with some of those day-to-day activities that they can no longer do for themselves. Maybe driving is no longer an option and they need help finding transportation. Whatever their need might ...

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