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Aging in Place: Modifications Keep Homes Safe for Seniors

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

High-tech Gadgets Mix with Low-tech Modifications Most of us will need to make some adjustments to our home and lifestyle if we plan to stay put into old age. And most of us intend to do so: Over 75% of adults 50 and older want to stay in their homes as long as possible, according to a 2018 AARP study. Along with some minor tweaks that will reduce the risk of falling ...

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AAA 1-B Bringing Joy to Nursing Home Residents with Robotic Pets

Monday, June 7th, 2021

Pets, Amazon Echoes and Other Technology Helps Reduce Social Isolation During Covid Research shows that pets can reduce stress and anxiety and increase feelings of well-being. In fact, pet ownership has been on the rise during the pandemic, with many people adding a new cat or dog to their household to help ease the long months of Covid solitude. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is trying to bring that ...

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Ombudsmen Advocate for Nursing Home Residents–Help Families

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Addressing Issues and Serving as a Voice for Residents of Long-term Care Facilities A trio of ombudsmen that works out of the Area Agency on Aging 1-B are among 21 ombudsmen statewide whose job it is to protect and advocate for residents in Michigan’s long-term care communities like nursing homes and licensed assisted living facilities. They typically work in person, talking to residents and staff to make sure facilities are following state ...

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Information to Help Southeast Michigan Seniors Access the Covid-19 Vaccine

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

As of Monday, January 11, Michiganders 65 and up can begin receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. There are three types  of organizations where older adults in the Area Agency on Aging 1-B's six-county Michigan region will be able to get the vaccine: Your county health department Your health care system/hospital Some pharmacies (including Meijer, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart and Kroger) FEMA has now also opened a regional mass-vaccination clinic at Ford Field. ...

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Tax Help Available for Southeast Michigan Seniors

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Older Adults Should Plan to Get Help Early This Tax Season Many seniors turn to their senior center or other community resources for help with their taxes. This year, Covid-19 has made getting help a little more complicated, with many centers turning to document scan-and-drop options instead of in-person appointments. Kelly Elswick, an Area Agency on Aging 1-B Resource Specialist, recommends reaching out for help now. Kelly manages our Resource Database and ...

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Guide to Hospice Care: Recorded Webinar

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Watch this webinar recorded as part of our "Conversations for Caregivers" series. Hospice of Michigan takes us through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, hospice care, palliative care and important end-of-life decisions.

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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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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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Government Programs That Can Pay for Long-term Care for the Elderly

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

If you or a loved one has financial constraints but needs long-term care, there are government-funded options. The programs have different eligibility requirements which are based on income, assets, the kind and level of care needed, marital status and age. MEDICAID-FUNDED HOME-CARE PROGRAMS Medicaid is a state/federal program for low-income families and individuals. Eligibility is determined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. There are four types of long-term Medicaid ...

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AAA 1-B Holding Food Distribution for Seniors: Monday, April 27

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is holding a pop-up pantry in Warren on Monday, April 27, to distribute 400 free emergency food boxes to seniors. From noon to 2 p.m., the “Q boxes” (quarantine boxes) will be available at 21919 Schoenherr, between 9 Mile and Toepfer. The boxes are available on a first come-first served basis to adults 60 and older who live in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, ...

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