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Financial Tips for Caregivers from Wayne State’s SAFE program

Friday, August 12th, 2022

On August 11, 2022 The Area Agency on Aging 1-B and special guest LaToya Hall, Director of the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology SAFE Program, shared important information on the financial aspects of caregiving. View this webinar to learn about: How to approach a conversation about finances with your loved one Practical tips for managing your loved one’s finances How to keep your loved one safe from financial exploitation If you ...

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Money-Saving Tips for Seniors

Monday, August 1st, 2022

Stretched by Inflation? Save a Buck or Three with these Tips Everything seems to be more expensive today. And while you can’t fight inflation, you can find ways to substantially save money. There are assistance programs that can reduce utility costs, lessen the pinch at the supermarket, and offset Medicare costs. Find tips and resources below that can help you keep more of your money: Save on Medicare Costs You might be financially eligible ...

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Request for Proposals: Social and Nutrition Services

Monday, March 21st, 2022

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Social and Nutrition Services for fiscal years 2023-2025. Approximately $22 million (pending availability of state and federal funds) is available for Older Americans Act programs in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, and Washtenaw counties. Services, including: •   Home-Delivered Meals •  Congregate Meals •  Adult Day Services •  Home Injury Control Services •  Chore Services •  Home Repair •  Legal Assistance Mandatory Applicant Workshop (Must ...

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Mid-Income Seniors Get More Housing Options

Monday, March 14th, 2022

A growing number of seniors—many of them baby boomers—is facing a conundrum: they have too much money to qualify for government housing subsidies but not enough to afford to live comfortably in a traditional senior community, whether it’s a nursing home, assisted living or continuing care retirement community. In 2021, the monthly median cost in Michigan of a one-bedroom apartment in an assisted living building was $4,250. By 2028, the ...

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Medicare Beneficiaries Can Appeal Observation Status

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

A new federal court ruling is good news for Medicare recipients. If Medicare declines to pay for your rehabilitation in a nursing home following a hospital stay on the grounds that you were “on observation” as opposed to admitted to the hospital, you can appeal. "Observation" Status Can Hurt Financially If you were in a hospital bed but were not technically admitted, or your status was changed to “observation,” which puts you in ...

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KN95 Masks Available Through the MI Mask Aid Program

Friday, January 28th, 2022

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is proud to be a distribution partner for the MI Mask Aid Program. This initiative of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Community Service Commission provides free KN95 masks to Michigan residents so they can better protect themselves from Covid-19. Masks can be picked up  Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 am - noon, and from 1:30 -3 pm. People may pick ...

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Seniors Who Have 3G Cell Service Urged to Upgrade

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

If you are among the few Americans still using a medical alert device, smartphone, smart watch, tablet, or home security system that uses a 3G network, it’s time to upgrade. 3G Networks Being Retired in 2022 Next year, the main cell service providers —Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T— are retiring the 3G networks to make room for advanced network services, including 5G. That means your older medical alert device, phone, tablet, or other ...

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Longtime Advocate Jim McGuire Set to Retire

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

An Innovator and an Advocate Jim McGuire, who served as the Area Agency on Aging 1-B’s longtime director of Planning and Advocacy, is retiring this month after 36 years with the agency. With McGuire’s retirement, Michigan seniors are losing a true innovator and one of their staunchest advocates. In nearly four decades of work on behalf of older adults in Michigan, McGuire has spearheaded initiatives that have resulted in door-to-door bus service for ...

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Tackling the Holidays When Caring for a Loved One

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

When we think of the holidays, we often think of family traditions, special foods and family visits—all the things that make a holiday special. Unfortunately for family caregivers (those who are caring for an aging or chronically ill loved one), many of the things that make the holidays a special time can also make them challenging. Here are a few tips to make sure the holidays are fun, manageable and ...

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Volunteer Counselors Ready to Help During Medicare Open Enrollment

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

George Wojdacki calls himself the “piece of cheese at the end of the maze,” the guy you reach after bumping into walls trying to understand your Medicare benefits. Wojdacki, a certified Medicare counselor who volunteers with the Area Agency on Aging 1-B’s Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP), has saved a lot of money for a lot of seniors who would otherwise ignore notices of changes in their benefits. Last year, he and ...

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