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Grant Will Expand Advocacy for Nursing Home Residents

Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

A Healthy Aging grant of nearly $400,000 will allow the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) to double the number of advocates who fight on behalf of nursing home residents and their families. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) awarded $386,188 to AAA 1-B, which houses the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) program for the six counties in its service region. The grant will “address the chronic underfunding of Michigan’s Long-Term ...

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Scam Alert: “Eldercare” Callers Impersonating Administration for Community Living

Monday, November 6th, 2023

Both the Administration for Community Living and the Michigan Attorney General are warning seniors and people with disabilities about scam calls coming from people claiming to be from the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) Eldercare Locator or the Disability Information & Access Line (DIAL). These callers are using the term “Eldercare” or “Eldercare Locator.” In some cases, they are also claiming to be from Social Security or Medicare. Callers are ...

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Holiday Resources for Seniors in Southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit

Monday, November 6th, 2023

The inflation squeeze means this holiday season may be especially tough for many seniors in southeast Michigan and metro Detroit. Our Information and Assistance team has gathered a list of resources available for seniors during Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season. We have divided the information according to each of the six counties we serve: Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw. Find your county to connect with resources in ...

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Supporting Family Caregivers with Coaching, Training, Respite

Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

We appreciate the critical work that family caregivers do year-round and often day after day. Along with advocating for public policies that offer more resources and support for family caregivers, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B is an active partner in helping unpaid caregivers manage their loved ones and themselves. We hope you'll check out our programs for family caregivers: Caregiving Coaching Need a second opinion or advice on managing a tricky caregiving ...

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Learning Opportunities Abound!

Friday, October 20th, 2023

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is offering GetSetUp, an online live learning program that offers hundreds of free classes to adults 55 and older. Explore your interests, from bread baking to basic computing to financial wellness to traveling to our national parks - and much more. All classes are taught by older adults. How it works Students can learn from the comfort of their living room or a local library - ...

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Aging Mastery

Thursday, October 19th, 2023

Get the Tools You Need to Age Gracefully An evidence-based program developed by the National Council on Aging, Aging Mastery is designed to help build a pathway to better aging through lifestyle changes, smarter financial decisions and deeper community involvement. The 10-week program (1 ½ hours per session) combines education with goal-setting, daily practices and peer support. The core subjects covered each week and delivered by trained leaders and subject matter experts ...

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Medicare Annual Enrollment: Free, Unbiased Help

Friday, September 29th, 2023

Choosing a Medicare Plan Can Be Confusing. Choosing the Wrong Plan Can Be Costly. Medicare Annual Enrollment is happening from October 15 - December 7. It's the time of year when people already enrolled in Medicare can make changes and choice for the upcoming year. During this time, beneficiaries can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan, or vice versa Make choices about Part D Prescription plans During this time ...

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Covid Brings Out Medicare Scammers

Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

Authorities are tracking companies that are billing Medicare for Covid test kits they are sending to Medicare beneficiaries who didn't order them. At $80 to $200 apiece, the claims add up to thousands of dollars paid by taxpayers. Case in point: The home of a deceased woman in Arkansas received 2-3 test kits per week until the trustee of her estate began looking into it and alerted the government. A Wisconsin woman ...

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LGBTQ+ Older Adults: Creating Access to Care

Tuesday, June 20th, 2023

Watch an interview with Area Agency on Aging 1-B Resource Center Manager Angela Lippard. Angela talks about how her team works to create a safe and affirming environment that helps LGBTQ+ older adults access care. Watch the video or read the transcript below. Make sure to scroll to the end of the transcript for more resources for LGBTQ+ older adults. Watch the Video   Read the Transcript   Kathleen Yanik: Hi, I'm Kathleen Yanik. I'm ...

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65 and Enrolled in Healthy Michigan? It’s Time to Move into Medicare.

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

During the Covid pandemic, the federal government ordered states to keep people enrolled in Medicaid, the state-run health insurance program for low-income residents. That meant that recipients did not have to reapply for benefits each year. Now that ‘continuous enrollment’ in Medicaid and Healthy Michigan (the Medicaid program for people 19 to 64 years old) is ending this month many seniors may need to reapply for Medicaid benefits, or perhaps even apply ...

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