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Understanding Transportation Options as We Age

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Relinquishing the car keys used to be one of the toughest decisions a senior had to make. The loss of driving privileges often signaled the end of independence. Unless there was a community paratransit bus or some other type of senior shuttle, giving up driving typically meant relying on friends, neighbors, or adult children for rides. How times have changed. Today there is a spectrum of options offering elders safe, affordable ...

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Managing Caregiver Stress

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Family caregivers — those people who are caring for an aging or chronically ill loved one — often face a lot of stress. Caregiving can be a fairly invisible and underappreciated role. The estimated price tag for informal caregiving in the U.S. is a staggering $522 billion a year, according to a RAND Corporation study. The study estimates that, as a group, family caregivers provide 30 billion hours of unpaid care ...

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Medicare and Medicaid Long-Term Care: What Does It Cover

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

If you or a loved one require long-term personal or medical care, you may be wondering what is covered and what isn’t under federal and state programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Both Medicare and Medicaid may help pay for some long-term care services. However, the circumstances in which each coverage can be used are limited, and each program has strict rules about Whether you qualify for benefits Which long-term services ...

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Postherpetic Neuralgia: Treating Nerve Pain After Shingles

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

More than half of all seniors beyond age 65 live with chronic pain. One cause: Shingles. Almost a third of Americans will develop shingles, a viral skin rash that has its origins in childhood illness and can lead to chronic pain. What is Post-herpetic Neuralgia? You probably contracted chickenpox as a child; that's when most people are exposed to this highly infectious virus. Known clinically as varicella-zoster, the infection is characterized by ...

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Golf, Fun and Meals: PGA’s Rocket Mortgage Classic Lets You Donate to Holiday Meals on Wheels

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is excited to be have been chosen as one of the nonprofits supported by the PGA Rocket Mortgage Classic Birdies for Charity Program. You can join in the excitement of the PGA Tour's stop here in Detroit on June 27 - 30 and support Holiday Meals on Wheels at the same time. Donating is easy and fun. Just use the designated AAA 1-B Birdies for ...

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Complete Guide to Senior Meal Delivery

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

No one questions the importance of nutritious meals to a healthy lifestyle. However, as we age, consistently getting these meals can become challenging. Declining mobility, depression, fatigue, or cognitive impairment can make it difficult for older adults to maintain a healthy diet. Caregivers often take on more and more of the shopping and preparation of meals, which can be a struggle. Fortunately, grocery and meal delivery services have never been more accessible ...

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Guide to Managing Chronic Pain in the Elderly

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions suffered by older adults. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study indicates that nearly 53% of seniors, over the age of 65 experience persistent pain. Untreated or undertreated chronic pain can lead to a variety of negative consequences - avoidance of activity, reduced mobility, increased risk of falls, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and isolation. As a caregiver, understanding of the unique ...

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Ideas for Celebrating Father’s Day with Your Senior Dad

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Father's Day is a time to honor your Dad - returning all of the love, admiration, and generosity that he’s given you over the years. This year, take a little extra time to plan some special activities and gifts that will create incredible memories. When planning your Father's Day activities, first consider Dad's needs and preferences. Is he the type that wants to go and do, or stay and relax? Think ...

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AAA 1-B Honors People and Organizations at its Annual Community Meeting

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B)  will hold its Annual Community Meeting May 10.  This year, the event will include a silent auction to raise funds for our Holiday Meals on Wheels Program. Five individuals and companies will also be honored for their tireless advocacy and work on behalf of the aging community. Federal funding helps Meals on Wheels provide hot meals to thousands of homebound seniors every weekday ...

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AAA 1-B Featured In WDIV Story on Critical Need for Paid Caregivers

Monday, March 11th, 2019

  Michigan will need an additional 34,000 home health aides by 2026 to meet the needs of a growing senior population, according to data collected by the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B). The 65-plus population in the U.S. is expected to double from 49 million in 2016 to 98 million in 2060, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. AAA 1-B works with local home care agencies ...

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