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Medicare and Long-Term Care: What to Expect

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Medicare is the health care insurance program for Americans who are 65 and older. It’s not entirely free – most participants pay premiums and copays – but it covers hospitalization, doctor visits, medical equipment and supplies, prescription drugs and more. However, many people assume Medicare will also cover long-term care, like an in-home aide or unskilled care in a nursing home. It won’t. Because of the complexity of the program, you may not ...

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On the Road to Your Golden Years? Take the Wheel

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Like getting married or having children, getting older is easier with a little knowledge. Enter Aging Mastery, a workshop offered by the Area Agency on Aging 1-B that helps you enter older adulthood with confidence. Aging Mastery is designed for baby boomers and beyond who want to learn more about advance care planning, nutrition, sleep, navigating Medicare, strengthening personal relationships, and more. The 10-week workshop is typically offered about six times a year ...

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AAA 1-B’s MMAP Program Ready to Help Beneficiaries During Open Enrollment

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

You may be paying too much for your Medicare plan. Or you may want prescription drug coverage that works better for you. During Medicare Open Enrollment, from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, you can change your prescription drug plan - or just have it reviewed at no cost by a certified, unbiased Medicare counselor to make sure it fits your health care needs and your wallet. It is the only time ...

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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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What to Expect When Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

A Guide to Caregiving: Early, Mid, and Late Stage Knowing what to expect if you are a care partner with someone who has an Alzheimer’s diagnosis – whether you are family or a friend -- may help ease your fears about the future, along with the stress, anxiety, anger, frustration, grief and depression that you might experience through the stages of the disease. Early stage— A time to talk, plan and help ...

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Elderly More Vulnerable to Heat: Check in Often

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

When summer temperatures begin to climb, it’s dangerous for everyone. But what many people don't realize is that the elderly are especially vulnerable and are more prone to heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. They don’t adjust as well to changes in temperature, and chronic medical conditions or medications can interfere with their body’s ability to regulate temperature. What to Do Keep a close eye on older adults when temperatures start ...

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AAA 1-B Participating in Senior Day of Action to Protect Senior Funding

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 has been designated Senior Action Day in Michigan. Sponsored by the Area Agencies on Aging Association and Michigan’s sixteen Area Agencies on Aging, Senior Action Day is a call to advocate for maintaining a strong aging network in the midst of the pandemic and state budget crisis. “It is more important than ever that Michigan seniors have continued access to effective in-home and community-based services to remain ...

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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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AAA 1-B Hosting Virtual Public Hearing to Get Senior Spending Feedback

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Public Invited to Give Input on Spending for Aging Services  The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is holding a public hearing to get feedback on a draft of its Area Implementation Plan that maps out how almost $22 million federal and state funding earmarked for senior services in its six-county service region will be spent in the  2021 fiscal year. The agency’s service region includes much of southeast Michigan, ...

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