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Holiday Resources for Seniors in Southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit

Friday, November 12th, 2021

The holiday season can be tough for many seniors in southeast Michigan and metro Detroit, so our Information and Assistance team has gathered a list resources available for seniors during Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season. We have divided the information according to each of the six counties we serve: Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw. Find your county to connect with resources in your community. Please call ahead ...

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Helping Grandparents Understand Safe Sleep

Friday, November 12th, 2021

A special message from the Oakland County Health Department for grandparents caring for infant grandchildren County Health Departments, including the Oakland County Health Division, are working to make sure everyone in a baby’s life (including grandparents) is aware of the dangers of unsafe sleep and ways to reduce the risk of SIDS. In Michigan a baby dies due to an unsafe sleep position or environment every 2-3 days, and in Oakland ...

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Volunteer Counselors Ready to Help During Medicare Open Enrollment

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

George Wojdacki calls himself the “piece of cheese at the end of the maze,” the guy you reach after bumping into walls trying to understand your Medicare benefits. Wojdacki, a certified Medicare counselor who volunteers with the Area Agency on Aging 1-B’s Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP), has saved a lot of money for a lot of seniors who would otherwise ignore notices of changes in their benefits. Last year, he and ...

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AAA 1-B Partners With Oakland County to Understand Seniors’ Needs

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Four Townhall Events Planned in Four Oakland County Communities--Attend In-person or Virtually The Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Healthy Aging Oakland County Ad Hoc Committee will be hosting four town halls throughout Oakland County, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) to identify gaps in services for senior residents. Officials from the committee and AAA 1-B will provide a brief presentation on areas of need and opportunity ...

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Myride2 Connects Southeast Michigan Seniors to Transportation

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

Helping seniors find rides in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties Transportation can be challenging for seniors in southeast Michigan. Public bus service is patchy and private transportation services are expensive. Not all senior centers offer free or low-cost rides to doctor appointments or the grocery store and for those that do, advance planning is absolutely necessary. For seniors who can’t or don’t want to drive – or family members who would prefer ...

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Classes Help Seniors Manage Diabetes/Chronic Pain

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Let’s face it: Taking control of your health requires willpower. Having others along the journey can make it much easier to find it. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B offers an array of free health and wellness workshops that are heavy on class participation, a key ingredient to a student’s success. "A lot of times, when people sign up for a class, they think it’s going to be a lecture,” says Jeannine ...

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Aging in Place: Modifications Keep Homes Safe for Seniors

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

High-tech Gadgets Mix with Low-tech Modifications Most of us will need to make some adjustments to our home and lifestyle if we plan to stay put into old age. And most of us intend to do so: Over 75% of adults 50 and older want to stay in their homes as long as possible, according to a 2018 AARP study. Along with some minor tweaks that will reduce the risk of falling ...

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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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