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Mental Health: What Older Adults Need to Know

Monday, May 8th, 2023

A study out of the University of Michigan found that people between 65 and 80 years old living in their own homes had an easier time coping with anxiety and other mental health challenges than younger folks during the Covid pandemic. In fact, those findings of the University of Michigan’s Healthy Aging Poll are pretty much the same in non-pandemic times: Older adults adapt better to crisis situations. “It’s resilience, wisdom, the ...

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Advance Directives, DNRs, and Other Legal Documents

Monday, June 27th, 2022

A Guide to Some Must-Have, End-of-Life Legal Documents Most of us are too busy living to prepare for dying. And who really wants to think about what might happen if we are severely injured in an accident or we have a stroke? But having a plan in writing can reduce anxiety about the future. If you have children, they will be relieved to not have to make tough decisions about your health ...

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Housing and Care Options for Seniors

Monday, January 31st, 2022

Living independently can be less expensive than moving into an assisted living or other form of senior community, especially if you’re independent and healthy. And more seniors are choosing to stay in their homes for as long as possible, according to a Harvard University study. But it’s also become costlier to make the changes you may need to stay put -- wheelchair ramps, a stairlift, or wider doorways, among them. You ...

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Classes Help Seniors Manage Diabetes/Chronic Pain

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Let’s face it: Taking control of your health requires willpower. Having others along the journey can make it much easier to find it. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B offers an array of free health and wellness workshops that are heavy on class participation, a key ingredient to a student’s success. "A lot of times, when people sign up for a class, they think it’s going to be a lecture,” says Jeannine ...

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On the Road to Your Golden Years? Take the Wheel

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Like getting married or having children, getting older is easier with a little knowledge. Enter Aging Mastery, a workshop offered by the Area Agency on Aging 1-B that helps you enter older adulthood with confidence. Aging Mastery is designed for baby boomers and beyond who want to learn more about advance care planning, nutrition, sleep, navigating Medicare, strengthening personal relationships, and more. The 10-week workshop is typically offered about six times a year ...

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Fall Prevention Tips that Can Keep Seniors Stay Independent

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Falls are a leading cause of hip fractures and brain injuries in older adults - and they are easy to avoid. Here are a few tips to keep you steady on your feet: Check Your Medication Talk to your doctor about reducing medication that causes dizziness or disorientation. In one study, the Centers for Disease Control found that more than half of all older adults used at least one medication whose side effects were ...

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Survey Helps Agency Understand the Needs of Southeast Michigan Seniors

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Results are in: Some 1,800 seniors surveyed in the six counties served by Area Agency on Aging 1-B told us what they’re thinking when it comes to health care and transportation, in-home care and social isolation, addiction and physical challenges they face every day, and more. The results are interesting – even surprising – and mirror trends reported in a new statewide report that surveyed the needs of older Michiganders. More ...

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program Helps Metro Detroit Families

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

The New Family Tree: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren   Diane and Mark Saincome of Novi were looking forward to a comfortable retirement. She had practiced as a registered nurse, he had been an iron worker. They had some savings they planned to use to travel the country. And then their middle child Amy died, leaving them with four children to raise – and a fifth that she had brought into the family’s life. Today, the ...

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Complete Guide to Senior Meal Delivery

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

No one questions the importance of nutritious meals to a healthy lifestyle. However, as we age, consistently getting these meals can become challenging. Declining mobility, depression, fatigue, or cognitive impairment can make it difficult for older adults to maintain a healthy diet. Caregivers often take on more and more of the shopping and preparation of meals, which can be a struggle. Fortunately, grocery and meal delivery services have never been more accessible ...

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Aging Mastery Classes Help People Age Well

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Important update regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: We health and wellness classes have gone virtual for the time being.  Classes will be held via GoToMeeting and will be accessible using your Smartphone, computer or tablet. For more information on AAA 1-B’s coronavirus response and resources and information to help older adults and family caregivers, visit our coronavirus updates page. We’re all getting older, but could we be doing it better? Yes, we could. ...

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