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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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Request for Proposals: Social and Nutrition Services

Monday, March 21st, 2022

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Social and Nutrition Services for fiscal years 2023-2025. Approximately $22 million (pending availability of state and federal funds) is available for Older Americans Act programs in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, and Washtenaw counties. Services, including: •   Home-Delivered Meals •  Congregate Meals •  Adult Day Services •  Home Injury Control Services •  Chore Services •  Home Repair •  Legal Assistance Mandatory Applicant Workshop (Must ...

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Mid-Income Seniors Get More Housing Options

Monday, March 14th, 2022

A growing number of seniors—many of them baby boomers—is facing a conundrum: they have too much money to qualify for government housing subsidies but not enough to afford to live comfortably in a traditional senior community, whether it’s a nursing home, assisted living or continuing care retirement community. In 2021, the monthly median cost in Michigan of a one-bedroom apartment in an assisted living building was $4,250. By 2028, the ...

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Medicare Beneficiaries Can Appeal Observation Status

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

A new federal court ruling is good news for Medicare recipients. If Medicare declines to pay for your rehabilitation in a nursing home following a hospital stay on the grounds that you were “on observation” as opposed to admitted to the hospital, you can appeal. "Observation" Status Can Hurt Financially If you were in a hospital bed but were not technically admitted, or your status was changed to “observation,” which puts you in ...

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Housing and Care Options for Seniors

Monday, January 31st, 2022

Living independently can be less expensive than moving into an assisted living or other form of senior community, especially if you’re independent and healthy. And more seniors are choosing to stay in their homes for as long as possible, according to a Harvard University study. But it’s also become costlier to make the changes you may need to stay put -- wheelchair ramps, a stairlift, or wider doorways, among them. You ...

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KN95 Masks Available Through the MI Mask Aid Program

Friday, January 28th, 2022

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 KN95 masks to Michigan residents so they can better protect themselves from Covid-19. Masks can be picked up  Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 am - noon, and from 1:30 -3 pm. People may pick ...

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Tax Help Available for Southeast Michigan Seniors

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

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, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to make getting help more complicated. While more help will be delivered in-person this year, many centers still have limited appointments available—making it critical for seniors and family caregivers to reach out early to get an ...

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Medicare Advantage Q & A: Unbiased Answers from a Michigan Nonprofit

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

The window is open for Medicare beneficiaries to sign up for a different Medicare Advantage plan or switch back to Original Medicare (Parts A and B) and select a prescription drug plan (Part D). The enrollment period goes through March 31. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B’s Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) has certified counselors who can help you explore your options and enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan that works ...

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