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Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo

Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo

Saturday, October 13, 2018
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 (Download our 2018 AAA 1-B Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo Exhibitors )
  • 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)

Download the AAA 1-B Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo Flyer



Saturday, October 13, 2018
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374

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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 a.m. 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 government assistance with Medicaid and Veterans Administration (VA) benefits.


  • Caring for the Caregiver: Creating Personal Resilience
    Jane Felczak, MSN,  RN,  CPPS, Principal Quality Consultant
    Henry Ford Health System
    Resilience is the capacity to bounce back from stress, pressure and disruption. Resilience education helps develop the skills needed to manage the demands of caregiving and create an awareness of the need for personal well-being. This presentation will explore ways a caregiver can remain resilient in demanding situations, and includes realistic tools and tips to help caregivers develop their own personal resilience.
  • Making the Most of Your Medicare Benefits
    Chris Javor, Manager of Medicare and Individual Sales
    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. Chris will review Medicare/Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans to help you find the best plan for you.
  • Senior Bullying—What Every Caregiver Should Know
    Antonia Harbin-Lamb, JD, MBA, Program Manager
    Great Lakes Legal Mediation Division (sister agency of Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan)
    Bullying isn’t just a problem in middle school. It can pop up whenever people are living together in close proximity and can be a problem for older adults. Bullying can include physical or verbal abuse, property damage, or attempts to isolate someone or damage their reputation. Caregivers will learn about warning signs and steps to take to resolve issues and protect their loved one.


11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • Long-Term Care: Resources, Programs and Options That Can Help
    Emily DeMeester, LMSW, Clinical Manager
    Area Agency on Aging 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. Emily will explore options available to caregivers like home-delivered meals, personal care, homemaking, support groups and more.
  • Medicare Advantage or Medigap—What’s the Right Fit
    Nichole Wingate, Channel Sales Representative
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
    Too often, Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers let financial considerations drive their Medicare plan choice. Which plan has the lowest premium? How complicated is it to use? But Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplemental plans differ in approach and coverage, with Medicare Advantage taking a more personal, holistic approach to health, and Medicare Supplemental taking a transactional approach to paying the healthcare bills. This session will educate you on some of the key differences between Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement plans and what they can mean for the beneficiary’s healthcare
  • If It Sounds Too Good to Be True: Protecting Loved Ones from Financial Exploitation
    Tracie Dominique Boyd, JD, Managing Attorney
    Lakeshore Legal Aid
    For caregivers, knowledge is power Join us to learn how to identify the signs of potential financial exploitation and identity theft so that you may better protect the ones for whom you care and love.
  • Integrative Therapies for Caregiver Stress
    Michelle Crowder Davila, Naturopathic Doctor
    Beaumont Health, Integrative Medicine
    Learn about the biology of stress, its impacts on various systems of the body, and how to recognize caregiver stress in yourself and others. Integrative therapies such as guided imagery, acupuncture, and clinical nutrition will be discussed and demonstrated.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m

  • Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
    Lauren A. 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.
  •  Living Healthy to 100
    Lisa Musolin, Medical Director
    Want to help your loved one live to 100 or beyond? Join Humana’s Medical Director, Dr. Lisa Musolin, to hear about things centenarians have in common and tips to help your loved one live healthy and increase their chances of living their best life into the triple-digits.
  • Tackling Transportation: How to Get Around When You Can No Longer Drive
    LaVonna Howard, Mobility Specialist
    Myride2 (a program of the Area Agency on Aging 1-B)
    Transportation can be one of the most challenging issues for both older adults and caregivers. LaVonna will talk through some transportation options and explore myride2’s free mobility options counseling service that can help seniors plan for their driving retirement. Public transportation, Uber, neighborhood transportation options and specialty services will be explored—along with some do’s and don’ts and things to think about when finding transportation for an older loved one.
  •  Take a Break Before You Break
    Breeda Miller, Caregiver Champion
    Breeda Miller Speaking
    Breeda addresses the needs of those caring for both elderly, frail parents and children still at home. Using humor and a hysterically huge sandwich headpiece, Breeda makes the point that caregivers are the essential element in a successful sandwich generation. This lively session offers laughter and creative solutions to caregiving challenges. Breeda speaks to organizations across the country and has appeared on The Moth Story Hour on National Public Radio.

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 or Sponsoring?

Exhibit space for our 2018 Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo is now sold out. To be added to our waiting list, email kyanik@aaa1b.com.

A Special Thanks to our 2018 Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Health Alliance Plan Logo Henry Ford Health System Logo
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Logo The Elder Care Firm Logo

Silver Sponsors

American House Senior Living Communities Logo  SameAddress Logo Alzheimer's Association--Greater Michigan Chapter Logo
Medicare Medicaid Assistance Plan Logo Guardian Medical Monitoring Logo

Refreshment Sponsor


Respite Sponsors

Relevar Home Care/Alivity Care Advocates Visiting Angels

Bag Sponsor

United Healthcare

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