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Our Voice: Legislators Should Make Pay Bump for Direct Care Workers Permanent

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

Area Agency on Aging 1-B President and CEO Michael Karson recently contributed an opinion piece to the Detroit Free Press that called on our Michigan legislators to make permanent the $2.25 pay raise for direct care workers enacted during the pandemic. The direct care worker shortage impacts our daily work and the ability of older adults throughout the state to access the care they need. While we know that this ...

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Virtual Public Hearing on Senior Service Spending: May 13 at 1 pm

Friday, April 9th, 2021

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B has scheduled a public hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 13, to gather input about the use of federal and state funding earmarked for senior services over the next year. The Annual Implementation Plan public hearing will consider ideas for spending $23 million earmarked for fiscal year 2021-22 in the six-county region served by the agency (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties). ...

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Masks Available Through the MI Mask Aid Program

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

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 masks to Michigan residents so they can better protect themselves from Covid-19. Where to Find Masks Through the MI Mask Aid Program We are planning several distribution events in February and will announce details soon. ...

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Washtenaw Out-of-Home Respite Care Program Helps Family Caregivers

Monday, January 11th, 2021

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B will be able to help more family caregivers find space for themselves – and feel secure that their loved one is in good hands – thanks to a grant from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation’s Vital Seniors Initiative. The $50,000 grant will fund up to 14 days (and nights) of out-of-home respite care per person per calendar year at Memory Lane, a 6-bed licensed ...

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Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Our Meals on Wheels providers are seeing an increased need during the pandemic and are in need of volunteers. Volunteers are the heart of the Meals on Wheels Program. You’ll help bring a nutritious meal and a little bit of happiness to the doors of seniors in your community and make sure seniors can stay fed and stay safe. Keep in mind that most of our programs are already set ...

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Help Us Further Our Mission This Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Tuesday, December 1, is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that started in 2012. It's a day dedicated to kindness and contribution. This Giving Tuesday, we hope you'll consider a gift to the Area Agency on Aging 1-B. Ask yourself: Where would seniors be without the Area Agency on Aging 1-B? Our mission is more important than ever. We help seniors access the services and programs they need to ...

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Holiday Resources for Seniors in Southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

This holiday season is going to be different for almost all of us—and it may be a difficult one for many seniors and their families. Over the last eight months, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B's Information & Assistance team has been gathering information on resources to help older adults and family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (You can find these on our coronavirus updates page.) We have now turned ...

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Drive Up Food Distribution Events: November 18 in Ypsilanti and November 20 in Farmington Hills

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) will be distributing free food boxes for people 60 and older at various locations during the month of November: Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 301 W. Michigan Avenue (at Adams St.) in Ypsilanti Noon-2 pm Friday, Nov. 20, at the Costick Center, 28600 W. Eleven Mile Road in Farmington Hills (Parking Lot A – enter Gate 3) The boxes will be placed ...

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AAA 1-B’s MMAP Program Ready to Help Beneficiaries During Open Enrollment

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

You may be paying too much for your Medicare plan. Or you may want prescription drug coverage that works better for you. During Medicare Open Enrollment, from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, you can change your prescription drug plan - or just have it reviewed at no cost by a certified, unbiased Medicare counselor to make sure it fits your health care needs and your wallet. It is the only time ...

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Elderly More Vulnerable to Heat: Check in Often

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

When summer temperatures begin to climb, it’s dangerous for everyone. But what many people don't realize is that the elderly are especially vulnerable and are more prone to heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. They don’t adjust as well to changes in temperature, and chronic medical conditions or medications can interfere with their body’s ability to regulate temperature. What to Do Keep a close eye on older adults when temperatures start ...

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