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Coronavirus Updates

Updates on AAA 1-B Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is committed to the health and well-being of seniors, adults with disabilities, family caregivers and our staff. With the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in our region and the declaration of a national emergency, we have created this page to keep you up-to-date on the operations of the Area Agency on Aging 1-B and provide helpful resources and information. You will find resources at the bottom of the page–or you can use the button below to navigate there. If you have concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to our Information and Assistance Telephone Line at 800-852-7795.



AAA 1-B Services and Operations

AAA 1-B Offices Closed
Staff working remotely. Critical operations continue.
The AAA 1-B will continue to operate. However, we have moved our staff to a remote-based workforce and have closed our Southfield and Macomb offices effective Monday March 16, 2020, until further notice.

Information and Assistance Telephone Line
Staff from our Information & Assistance Telephone Line are working remotely, but our Resource Center is fully functional functioning and available to take calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In-home Care Services
Our priority is also the delivery of vital in-home services to seniors and adults with disabilities. We will be working closely with our network of contracted organizations and vendor companies to ensure the safety and well-being of participants receiving support through home and community-based programs.

Meals on Wheels
There is no interruption in the delivery of the meals. Our providers are working on providing additional shelf stable meals for participants in the event a meal cannot be delivered. Our providers will continue to keep their participants updated if there are any changes regarding their meal delivery.

Congregate Meal Sites

All of our congregate meals sites are temporarily closed. Meal pick up is being offered as an alternative at many locations for those 60 and older. Most sites require you to reserve a meal 24 hours in advance. Please see our community dining page for a full list of meal pick up locations.

Adult Day Programs
Many of the Adult Day programs we fund have temporarily closed. We recommend calling your provider in advance to ensure they are operating and for the most current information.

Health and Wellness Classes, Caregiver Education Classes and Other Events
We have canceled our Health & Wellness classes, Caregiver Education classes and workshops and all other events that are currently scheduled to run during March and April. We look forward to continuing with classes when that becomes possible .

Continuous Monitoring
This is a rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to closely monitor the progression of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep you informed of future changes to services and programs as necessary. Please stay safe and follow the recommended actions provided by the CDC and the State of Michigan.


Important Resources for Seniors, People with Disabilities and Caregivers

Older adults have potential to be significantly impacted by this disease and it’s critical that they be vigilant. Below are some helpful resources for seniors, including businesses and community organizations that may be able to help with food and delivery of essential items. Scroll to the bottom o the page for information on COVID-19 and the outbreak, including links to information from the CDC, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and County Health departments.


Businesses and Community Organizations Offering Special Help to Older Adults and Caregivers

We will update this list regularly. As things are changing rapidly and many services are volunteer-staffed, please call ahead to confirm availability and that the service is still being offered. If you know of a resource that should be added, please email the AAA 1-B Communications Team. More resources are available via our downloadable information and resource guide, which includes resource listing for each of the six counties we serve (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw). This Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide, produced by University of Michigan Poverty Solutions, offers a wide array of resources.

FOOD RESOURCES

Connect Information and Resource Guide
Download Now
Downloadable guide from AAA 1-B, includes a list of food assistance by county.

Pantrynet.org
Website
Interactive map that will help you find nearby food pantry/resources.

Gleaners  Community Distribution Sites Interactive Map
Website

Increase in SNAP Benefits
Households eligible for Food Assistance Program benefits will receive additional benefits in March and April. Work requirements are also temporarily waived. Read more about additional SNAP benefits during the coronavirus crisis.  Learn more about applying for the SNAP program.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

Livingston County Resource List (Livingston County Resource List)
Downloadable list of resources throughout the county. Includes many food pantries and other forms of food assistance.

Livingston County Animal Shelter: (517) 546-2154
Pet Food Assistance
Offering free pet food and supplies to Livingston County residents in order to encourage social distancing and eliminate trips to the grocery store. When calling, hit 0 to leave your name, phone number, type of pet(cat/dog) and number of pets. Individuals will receive a return call when the items are ready for pick up at the front door of the shelter. They are located at 418 S Highlander Way in Howell.

Livingston County Senior Nutrition Pick Up Meals: (810) 632-2155
Pick up is from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.,  Monday through Friday.
60 and over. $3 suggested donation. Must call 24 hours in advance to reserve a meal: (810) 632-2155. Two pick up sites:

  • Fowlerville–Fowlerville Senior Center: 203 N. Collins St, Gregory, MI 48137
  • Howell–Howell Activity and Recreation Center: 925 W Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843

MACOMB  COUNTY

Macomb Food Pantries
Download List
Downloadable list of food resources in Macomb County

City of Warren: (586) 574-4526
Website
The City of Warren has established a hotline to help seniors. The city is coordinating with food pantries and volunteers and will help connects seniors and those with pre-existing conditions obtain food and other necessities. People wanting to help can also call the hotline.

Macomb County Community Action Senior Pick Up Meals: (586) 469-5228
60 and over. Pick up is from 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Monday through Friday. (586) 469-5228. Two pick up sites:

  • Mt. Clemens– Mt. Clemens Farmer’s Market- 141 N. River Rd, Mt Clemens, MI 48043
  •  Warren–Stillwell Manor (Parking lot)- 26600 Burg Rd, Warren, MI 48089

MONROE COUNTY

Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE) Senior Pick Up Meals: (734) 242-6800
Pick up is from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.,  Monday through Friday.
60 and over. $3 suggested donation.  Must call 24 hours in advance to reserve a meal: (734) 242-6800. Six pick up locations:

  • Dundee–Dundee Senior Center: 284 Monroe Street Dundee, MI
  • Luna Pier–Water Tower Park: 11345 Harold Drive, Luna Pier, MI 48157
  • Milan– Sullivan Nutrition Site: 13613 Tuttlehill Rd. Milan, MI 48160
  • Monroe–LIFE (MAIN): 2307 N. Monroe St. Monroe, MI, 48162
  • Monroe–Orchard Nutrition Site: 924 E. Second St. Monroe, MI 48161
  • Monroe–River Park Plaza: 20 N. Roessler Street, Monroe, MI 48162

OAKLAND  COUNTY

General Oakland County Food Resources
Download the list of Oakland County Food Resources

Baldwin Center: (Pontiac): (248)332-6101
212 Baldwin Ave/Pontiac. Soup kitchen will be providing bag lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:45 am through 1:00 pm.

Community Sharing Outreach Center (Serves Huron Valley School District): (248) 889-0347
Website
Clients can pick up food curbside. Pet food is available. Emergency assistance will continue to be available.

Older Persons’ Commission Senior Pick Up Meals: (248)659-1032
Available Monday – Friday. Pick-up begins at 12 p.m.
60 an over. $3 suggested donation. Must call 24 hours in advance to reserve: (248)659-1032.

  • 650 Letica Dr, Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Pontiac Meals on Wheels Senior Pick Up Meals: 248-738-9393
Pick up meals for all seniors in the city of Pontiac:  Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m and again from 4 -5:30. Older adults may pick up to two meals, once per day. Two pick up locations:

  • Bowens Senior Center
  • Ruth Peterson Senior Center

United Community Family Services: (248) 528-0130/ info@ucfamilyservices.org
Drive-through pantry.

Waterford Senior Center Senior Pick Up Meals: (248) 682-9450
Pickup from 11:30 a.m. -12 p.m., Monday through Friday.
60 and over. $3 suggested donation.  Call by 10 a.m. to reserve meal: (248) 682-9450.  Pick up location:

  • 3621 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford MI.

Western Oakland Meals on Wheels Senior Pick Up Meals: (810) 632-2155
Pick up is from 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday through Friday
60 and over. $3 suggested donation.  Call main office 24 hours in advance to reserve a meal: (810) 632-2155. Four pick up locations.

  • Commerce– Richardson Community Senior Center: 1485 Oakley Park Dr, Commerce Twp, MI 48390
  • Holly– Woodlands: 3323 Grange Hall Rd, Holly, MI 48442
  • Milford– Milford Senior Center: 1050 Atlantic St, Milford, MI 48381
  • Novi–Novi Senior Center (Meadowbrook): 25075 Meadowbrook, Novi, MI 48375

ST. CLAIR COUNTY

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Online locator will help you find food assistance near you.

WASHTENAW  COUNTY

Pittsfield Township Senior Pick Up Meals: (734) 822-2117
Pick up Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 11:45 a.m. -12:15 pm.
60 and over. $3 suggested donation. Must call 24 hours in advance to reserve meal:  (734) 822-2117.  Pick up location:

  • Pittsfield Twp– 701 W Ellsworth, Ann Arbor MI 48108.

Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County Specialty Food Pantry :(734) 769-0209
Delivery from specialty food pantry. Requests can be placed online or by calling.

SOS Community Services: (734) 484-9945
Pantry open  Tuesdays, 1 – 6:30 p.m., and Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Each pantry visitor will receive one bag of groceries at the door. 

GROCERY PICKUP/FOOD DELIVERY

City of Warren: (586) 574-4526
The City of Warren has established a hotline to help seniors. The city is coordinating with food pantries and volunteers and will help connect seniors and other pre-existing conditions obtain food and other necessities. People wanting to help can also call the hotline.

Fenton Center of Hope (Serves Fenton, Linden and Holly): 810-620-8167
Will bring food to the elderly.

Michigan Muslim Community Council: 734-210-0316
Providing free grocery delivery service to seniors and other vulnerable individuals. Serves all of Metro Detroit. People can call and give an order by phone from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. You can pay by cash or online. If you choose to pay by cash, they ask that you leave cash in an enveloped outside your door so they can limit contact. They are trying to focus on grocery type items. They do ask if there are any dietary restrictions or needs during the call.

North Oakland Transportation Authority: (248) 693-7100.
Free pickup of online orders from local grocery stores (Meijer in Oxford Township. Kroger stores on Lapeer Rd. (M-24) and at Waldon and
Baldwin roads in Orion Township). Items must be ordered and paid for online using the stores online service. Drivers will then pick up orders and deliver them to seniors. Open to residents 60 and older in Oxford, Addison or Orion townships or the villages of Oxford, Leonard or Lake Orion who are 60 and older.

Village Elves (Serves Milford): (248) 921-3658
Will pick up supplies due to inability to get out or shortage of funds. Email villageelves@gmail.com.

Visiting Angels Oakland/Wayne County: (248) 937-2331/squinette@visitingangels.com
Offering free grocery shopping for seniors in Oakland and Wayne counties. Call or email to make a request. Someone will come to your home to collect your shopping list, budget and money for purchases. Will return with groceries and receipt.

Wild Indoors (Pickney): (810) 231-9020
Pet Food Delivery
Free local delivery on orders of $25 or more.

STORES WITH SENIOR HOURS

Download our convenient list of Metro Detroit Stores with Senior Hours or see the list below.

Aldi
Hours for vulnerable customers on Tuesdays and Thursdays,  8:30 – 9:30 a.m. This includes senior citizens, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns.

Arbor Farms Market (Ann Arbor)
Special hours for older adults Tuesdays, 7-10 a.m.

Big Lots
Special hours for seniors and other vulnerable populations from 9 – 10 a.m. daily.

Costco
Special hours for seniors Tuesday and Thursday 8-9 a.m.

Dollar General
First hour store is open.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (Farmington)
Dedicated time for those 60 and older and those with compromised immune system: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-8 a.m.

Holywood Markets
Hours for seniors and high-risk shoppers: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, all locations.

Kroger
Dedicated shopping times for older adults: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m

Meijer
Dedicated shopping times for senior citizens and customers with chronic health conditions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 a.m. local time.

Sam’s Club
Special senior hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from  7-9 a.m. They also have a Shop from Your Car concierge service.

Snooks Butcher Shoppe/Colassanti’s (Highland): (248) 887-0012
First hour of business–8 am until 9 am–reserved for customers that are 60 and over or those that are health compromised or live with someone that is compromised.

Target
First hour of shopping each Wednesday reserved at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests – including elderly and those with underlying health concerns.

Trader Joe’s
Every day between 9:00am and 10:00am, Crew Members will maintain an additional line outside the front door for senior customers. This will ensure that those customers in need will have an expedited entrance to the store.

VG’s Grocery
Time reserved for store guests most at risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19), including older adults, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 -9 a.m.

Walgreens
Seniors-only shopping: 8–9 a.m. every Tuesday

Walmart
From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.

Western Market (Ferndale)
Special hours every day from 8 -9 a.m.

Whole Foods
People 60 and older can shop one hour before store is open to the public.

HELP WITH ISOLATION

NATIONAL/STATEWIDE

Senior Center Without Walls: (877) 797-7299
Senior Centers Without Walls is a source of activities and classes, education, friendly conversation, support groups by phone or computer. (Keep in mind that the organization is in California, which is three hours behind and it may have disruptions because it is volunteer-run).

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Virtual classes and activities that both family caregivers and older adults may enjoy.  Visit their facebook page to sign up.

Michigan Parkison Foundation
Online exercise classes and virtual support groups for people living with Parkinson and caregivers.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

Livingston County Catholic Charities: (517)545-5944
Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be 60 or older, or a person with a disability, and live in Livingston County.

MACOMB COUNTY

Armada Township Senior Center:(586)784-8050
Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be age 55 or older and an isolated/homebound resident of Armada Township.

Romeo, Washington, Bruce Parks & Recreation: (586) 752-9601
Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be age 50 or older, and a resident of Romeo, Bruce or Washington Townships.

MONROE

Aid in Milan: (734)439-8420
Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be a resident of the Milan school district.

OAKLAND COUNTY

Berkley Recreation Department: (248)658-3470
Volunteer friendly caller program. Volunteers provide daily or weekly phone calls. Must be a Berkley resident.

Bloomfield Township Senior Services: (248)723-3500
Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be a resident of Bloomfield Township age 50 or older.

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan :(248)537-3300
Volunteer friendly caller program. Friendly phone calls to older adults who are homebound, isolated or lonely.

City of Farmington Hills Senior Division: (248)473-1830
Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be age 50 or older and a resident of Farmington or Farmington Hills.

City of Huntington Woods Community Center:(248)541-3030
Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be age 55 or older and a resident of Huntington Woods.

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers:(586)757-5551
Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be a frail older adult age 55 or older, or age 18 or older and physically disabled. Must be a resident of Macomb or St. Clair County.

La Amistad Senior Center (Pontiac): (248) 858-2307

Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be age 55 or older. Focus on Latino community. Translators are available.

Lighthouse Emergency Services (Serves Oakland County): (248)920-6100
Volunteer friendly caller program. Volunteers make weekly phone calls to check on homebound older adults and provide social contact. Must be 60 or over or a resident of Oakland County.

City of Novi Older Adult Services: (248)347-0414
Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be age 55 or older. Must be a resident of Novi, Northville, Milford, South Lyon or Wixom.

ST CLAIR COUNTY

Council on Aging, inc., serving St. Clair County: (810) 984-5061
Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be 60 and older and a resident of St. Clair County.

St. Clair County Mental Health: (810) 985-8900
COVID-19 Support Line
St. Clair County Community Mental Health has set up a COVID-19 support line.  This phone line is staffed Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, by mental health professionals who can provide support to people struggling with anxiety, depression, feeling overwhelmed, caregiving, financial hardship, burnout etc. during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The support line is free, confidential and is available to anyone in the county.

WASHTENAW COUNTY

Aid in Milan: (734)439-8420
Volunteer friendly caller program. Must be a resident of the Milan school district.

SPECIALTY FOCUS

LGBT Seniors
Sage Metro Detroit: (734) 681-0854
Friendly Caller Program matches older LGBT adults with volunteer callers.

Multiple Sclerosis:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Michigan Chapter: (248) 351-2190
Friendly listening provides weekly calls by a peer with multiple sclerosis.

TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUPS

Alzheimer’s Association: 800-272-3900 or helpinegmc@alz.org
Free, dial-in support groups.

Well Spouse
Telephone support groups.

UTILITIES/HOUSING

DTE Energy: 800-477-4747
Suspending shutoffs for non-payment for those customers who are low-income eligible, as well as for senior citizens, effective immediately through April 5, 2020. This timing could be extended depending on the impact that the virus has on our communities. Those customers enrolled in the Senior Winter Protection Program have had their end dates automatically extended through May 3, 2020 without additional actions required on their part. Customers who are impacted by COVID-19 — those with a sudden loss of income or medical condition — as well as our vulnerable senior citizens, are encouraged to contact DTE at 1.800.477.4747

Foreclosure/Eviction Forbearance
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Housing Agency, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a 60 day moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. This a 60 day temporary ending of foreclosures and the eviction from a foreclosed home for single family FHA, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae mortgages.

While this moratorium is automatic, it is still highly advised you contact your servicer to make arrangements specific to your situation, and to extend beyond 60 days. Many mortgage servicers have individual programs in place to assist homeowners who are struggling to make monthly payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it be due to health related matters, or loss of income due to work shut downs. We advise homeowners to contact their mortgage servicer as soon as they suspect they may not be able to make the monthly payment to see what options are available to them. In addition homeowners may contact a HUD Certified Housing Counselor to help them create and put into action a tailored plan for their household.

INFORMATION ON COVID-19

Health Information: Coronavirus

Information from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Hotline: 1-888-535-6136
    MDHHS has launched a statewide hotline to respond to health-related questions about coronavirus disease. Public health and other experts will answer health-related questions about COVID-19 and can direct residents, providers and more to the right resources in their local communities and in other state government departments. Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information from the CDC

County Resources

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