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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 4, 2019, 1pm – 2:30pm

Sterling Heights Senior Center
40200 Utica Rd., Sterling Heights
Beings March 7, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Turner Senior Resource Center
2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C, Ypsilanti
Begins May 6, 2019 9:30am – 11:00am


Additional Caregiver Programs Offered in 2019:


Area Agency on Aging 1-B
29100 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 400, Southfield
March 27, 2019 9:00am – 4:00pm
Professional Volunteer Caregivers Only

Area Agency on Aging 1-B
29100 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 400, Southfield
June 12, 2019 9:00am – 4:00pm
Family Caregivers Only



Area Agency on Aging 1-B
29100 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 400, Southfield
May 1, 2019 9:00am – 4:00pm

Washtenaw County – Location TBD
July 18, 2019 9:00am – 4:00pm



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