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Classes for Family Caregivers

Helping Caregivers Learn and Cope

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers in southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. This class can help you whether you are caring for a parent, spouse, friend or relative who is aging or disabled. It doesn’t matter what your situation is—whether you are caring for someone who lives with you, lives in an assisted living facility or a nursing home, or you’re a long-distance caregiver.

Classes meet once a week for 6 weeks. Each class is an hour and one half long. Classes are small—with only 8 to 12 people in each class. Going through the class together as a small group helps class members get to know each other and learn from each other. Learn more about these free classes by contacting us at (833) 262-2200 or email us at wellnessprograms@aaa1b.com. You must register in advance.

What Will I Learn?

You’ll  learn a lot and walk out with a set of practical tools that you can start using right away. You’ll learn how to:

  • Reduce stress and take care of yourself
  • Communicate your feelings, needs and concerns
  • Get through challenging situations
  • Make tough decisions

Some topics covered include:

  • Hiring in-home help
  • helping memory-impaired loved ones
  • Making legal and financial decisions
  • Making decisions about placing loved ones in a care facility
  • Understanding depression


Where Are the Classes Held?

Classes are held in community settings throughout southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit. Classes are typically held in community venues like senior centers, libraries or churches.


Is There a Cost?

There is no cost, but donations are welcome to help us keep courses coming for other caregivers.


How Do I Register for a Class?

You can register for a class by calling the Area Agency on Aging 1-B at (833) 262-2200 or email us at wellnessprograms@aaa1b.com.


Locations, Dates, and Times Offered in 2018:

City of Novi
45175 Ten Mile Rd.,  Novi
Begins February 5    1 – 2:30pm

The Costick Center 
28600 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
Begins  March 6   10am – 11:30am

Sterling Heights Senior Center
40200 Utica Road,  Sterling Heights
Begins April 11   1 -2:30 pm

Ann Arbor Senior Center
1320 Baldwin Rd. , Ann Arbor
Begins May 8, 6 – 7:30 pm





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