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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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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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MI Choice: A Michigan Long-term Care Option

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Help at Home and Independence for Katy Katy K. is fiercely independent. Despite relying on a wheelchair because of multiple sclerosis and requiring in-home help, she does as much on her own as she can. That includes motoring to a nearby Kroger or dollar store or the library, sometimes just to get out. [caption id="attachment_28686" align="alignleft" width="202"] Katy says that independence and choice are her favorite part of the program.[/caption] Just over 15 years ...

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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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Recorded Webinar: Communicating with a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

Saturday, April 10th, 2021

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. People with Alzheimer's disease can lose their communications abilities as the disease progresses. Families need to find new ways to connect, communicate and understand. In this recorded webinar, a volunteer from the Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter shares some practical tips on communicating with a loved ...

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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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Recorded Webinar: Five Tips for Family Caregivers

Monday, February 8th, 2021

This recorded presentation walks caregivers through some things that can make caring for an elderly or ill loved one easier. Topics include: 1) Assessing needs and building knowledge, Finding organizations that can help, 3) Building legal knowledge, 4) Finding outside help, and 5) Taking care of yourself while caring for your loved one. Practical tips on what to look for when hiring outside help and asking family members for help. To ...

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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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Masks Available Through the MI Mask Aid Program

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is proud to be a distribution partner for the MI Mask Aid Program. This initiative of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Community Service Commission provides free masks to Michigan residents so they can better protect themselves from Covid-19. Where to Find Masks Through the MI Mask Aid Program We are planning several distribution events in February and will announce details soon. ...

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