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Information and
Assistance Service
Resource specialists can quickly answer questions and access information for callers using a computerized database listing over 5,000 senior services and 2,000 providers in southeast Michigan. Call toll-free, 800-852-7795.
Hours are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., weekdays. You can also visit
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New leadership at AAA 1-B
Newly-appointed CEO and President of AAA 1-B, Michael Karson
We are happy to announce that the Area Agency on Aging 1-B has a new CEO and President, Michael Karson. Karson has a strong history of success at various executive levels within different healthcare systems at both for-profit and non-profit organizations. These include Optum, a division of United HealthCare; HAP Midwest Health Plan; Center for Senior Independence; and Brookdale
Senior Living. He has experience with Medicare/Medicaid, PACE, Integrated
Care, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Sub-Acute Rehabilitation.
Karson has a Bachelor of Health Administration and Gerontology from Madonna University and a Masters of Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University.
AAA 1-B Board of Directors, Chair, Karen Wintringham, said, “We are very pleased to announce this appointment. Michael will bring strong leadership to our core agency programs, vision for future growth opportunities and a deep sense of commitment to our mission.”
Did you know?
• We offer a free, bi-monthly digital caregiver newsletter, CAREGIVER CONNECTIONS. Subscribe at under Caregiver Resources.
• The Area Agency on Aging 1-B has a Facebook page. We post news about free Wellness classes, events and more. Follow us, LIKE us and SHARE interesting items with your friends!
• AAA 1-B has a blog! Look for it under News & Events on our web page.
Rules of refrigeration
Robin Danto is Food Safety and Nutrition Educator for Oakland County through the MSU Extension. She put together some helpful tips to ensure your refrigerated foods stay fresh:
• Refrigerator should be maintained between
33 and40degrees Fahrenheit, otherwise, food starts to freeze and that can reduce quality
• Don’t store eggs, milk or meat on the door of the fridge because tempera- tures can fluctuate
• Place meats, fish and poultry on the lower shelf in the fridge on a platter that can capture any juices and keep them from leaking onto other foods, possibly contaminating them with harmful bacteria.

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