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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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AAA 1-B Partners With Oakland County to Understand Seniors’ Needs

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Four Townhall Events Planned in Four Oakland County Communities--Attend In-person or Virtually The Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Healthy Aging Oakland County Ad Hoc Committee will be hosting four town halls throughout Oakland County, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) to identify gaps in services for senior residents. Officials from the committee and AAA 1-B will provide a brief presentation on areas of need and opportunity ...

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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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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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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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