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Is Your Prescription Drug Plan Working for You? We Can Help.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022

If you have Part D Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, it’s a good idea to review your drug coverage to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck – and your health. Open Enrollment, from Oct 15-Dec. 7, is the period of the year when you can switch your plans. Certified counselors from the Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) at the Area Agency on Aging 1-B are taking appointments ...

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Are You Ready for an Emergency?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

Michigan fortunately doesn’t get earthquakes, hurricanes, massive snowstorms, wildfires and other disasters that hit other parts of the country with regularity nowadays. But boring stuff like water main breaks (that left thousands of homes in Macomb County without clean water last month), power outages and pounding rainstorms can be catastrophic for older adults. Bottom line: It’s good for you and your caregiver to be prepared for emergencies, whether that's a boil-water advisory ...

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Financial Tips for Caregivers from Wayne State’s SAFE program

Friday, August 12th, 2022

On August 11, 2022 The Area Agency on Aging 1-B and special guest LaToya Hall, Director of the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology SAFE Program, shared important information on the financial aspects of caregiving. View this webinar to learn about: How to approach a conversation about finances with your loved one Practical tips for managing your loved one’s finances How to keep your loved one safe from financial exploitation If you ...

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Money-Saving Tips for Seniors

Monday, August 1st, 2022

Stretched by Inflation? Save a Buck or Three with these Tips Everything seems to be more expensive today. And while you can’t fight inflation, you can find ways to substantially save money. There are assistance programs that can reduce utility costs, lessen the pinch at the supermarket, and offset Medicare costs. Find tips and resources below that can help you keep more of your money: Save on Medicare Costs You might be financially eligible ...

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Dementia Conversations: The Alzheimer’s Association Shares Tips

Friday, July 1st, 2022

An On-Demand Educational Video for Family Caregivers Who Are Caring for a Loved One with Dementia or Alzheimer's Jim Mangi, a volunteer from the Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter, recently presented the webinar: Dementia Conversation—Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning. This educational workshop offered offered helpful tips to assist families in having honest and caring conversations with family members about dementia. The workshop reinforces the need to plan ahead and build ...

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Advance Directives, DNRs, and Other Legal Documents

Monday, June 27th, 2022

A Guide to Some Must-Have, End-of-Life Legal Documents Most of us are too busy living to prepare for dying. And who really wants to think about what might happen if we are severely injured in an accident or we have a stroke? But having a plan in writing can reduce anxiety about the future. If you have children, they will be relieved to not have to make tough decisions about your health ...

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Programs Help Low-income Medicare Beneficiaries Save

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Medicare Savings Programs Can Help with Deductibles, Co-insurance and Co-pays Medicare, the federal health insurance program, is guaranteed to all Americans 65 and older, and while it’s low-cost, it’s not free. Medicare comes with copays, coinsurance and premiums that are based on your income. But you may qualify for a Medicare Savings Program. How Can You Find Out If  You Qualify? If you qualify for programs that cover your copays, coinsurance or premiums, you ...

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Public Hearing on AAA 1-B 2023-2025 Multi-Year Plan

Monday, April 4th, 2022

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is holding public hearings to review and hear comment on its Multi-year Plan covering fiscal years 2023-2025. This plan details use of federal and state funding earmarked for use by the agency to serve older adults in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties during this 3-year period. Two hearings options are available: Virtual Hearing via Zoom Thursday, May 5: 11:00 am- noon Join via ...

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Coaching Provides Support for Family Caregivers

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

Pre-pandemic, Denise called her mom three or four times a day to make sure she was okay. If she didn’t pick up the phone, Denise or her sister would drive over. They shopped for their mom and got her where she needed to go. In March 2020, a perfect storm rolled in: The Covid lockdown and her mom’s rising blood pressure. “She told me that her blood pressure was really high, and ...

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Volunteer Helps Save Medicare Beneficiary Thousands

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program Volunteer Cuts Through the Red Tape and Saves  Money Medicare beneficiary, Henrietta, found out the hard way that signing up for a Medicare plan isn’t a slam dunk. When the Novi resident, a registered nurse, retired in late 2020, she signed up online for a Medigap plan, which covers some coinsurance, copays and deductibles. She paid $277 per month for the plan. She also had Part B and ...

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