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It's Open Enrollment time again

If you are over 64, you should have received your enrollment information at the end of September. Now is the time to make any changes to Medicare Part D plans, and our MMAP counselors recommend reviewing your plan yearly. Open Enrollment is going on now through December 7, with the new plan taking effect on January 1, 2017.

The AAA 1-B Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) counselors have many Assistance Days set up already. Assistance Days enable you to meet one-on-one with one of the MMAP counselors to review your options. These appointments are first come, first served and cover the AAA 1-B service area. To make an appointment in your area call (800) 803-7174. Read our full blog about it.

Are you a caregiver for an LGBT older adult?

Or, are you an LGBT older adult who is a caregiver for another? Would you take 10 minutes to take our survey? The survey was designed in a collaboration between SAGE Metro Detroit and the three Area Agencies on Aging serving Metro Detroit.  Responses will help us better serve LGBT older adults.  Survey closes November 30, 2016.

Two new classes!

While you’re looking over the list of classes for seniors and caregivers on the right side of this page, be sure not to miss two new classes starting in March.
 
Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC)
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a loved one. Participants will benefit from this class whether helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. This 6-week workshop is taught by two trainers and last about 1-½ hours.
 
To register for these classes, call (248) 262-9956. Suggested $15 donation.
 
Personal Action Toward Health (PATH)
This workshop is designed to provide participants with techniques and skills they need for the day-to-day management of chronic conditions. Individuals with any type of chronic condition and/or their caregiver are encouraged to participate. Participants engage in group activities including brainstorming, problem-solving, feedback and action planning. Workshops are held in community settings. This 6-week workshop is taught by two trainers and last about 2-1/2 hours.  
 
To register for these classes, call (800) 852-7795. Suggested $15 donation.

Caregivers, we celebrate YOU

November is National Family Caregivers Month. The theme this year is “Take Care to Give Care.” That’s a reminder to care for yourself while you’re taking care of someone else. We want to recognize the nearly 90 million caregivers nationwide and say, “Thank you.”

There are 34.2 million individuals caring for loved ones over age 50 on a daily basis and 15.7 million people caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. These numbers reflect unpaid caregivers.

Seventy-five percent of caregivers are women, and the average age is 49.2 years. Whether it’s a man or woman caring for the loved one, they typically put in 21.9 hours a week. However, caregivers of spouses or partners put in nearly four times those hours. In all, caregivers spend an average of about 13 days a month in the daily care of a loved one. These numbers don’t reflect the hours a caregiver may spend a paid job. And if you feel you might just rate a medical degree, please note that 46% of caregivers perform nursing type tasks.

Thirty percent of caregivers spend a year or less providing care, 24 percent provide care for 5+ years, and 15 percent are caregivers for 10+ years. Although what you do is priceless in our eyes, if a monetary value were given to all that caregiving if would add up to $470 billion. As you can see, caregivers are doing an amazing, important job.

We’d like to share some sites that offer resources and an outlet for questions, discussions and sharing of caregiver stories. Check out The Family Caregiver Alliance®, The Caregiver Action Network or AARP’s Care Connection. You may find this is a great way to connect with others like you.


We also want to remind you to take a break as often as you can. To find out about respite services call us (800) 852-7795. Or, call
SameAddress, which is a part of AAA 1-B, and talk with them about using their in-home care services to take time for yourself. SameAddress typically charges $72 for three hours of in-home care. Call (866) 736-4671 for more information. 

It's Holiday Meals on Wheels time!

Wrap Your Heart Around a Senior by donating to the AAA 1-B Holiday Meals on Wheels Fund.

Updates and news
 

The Solutions for Caregivers Expo on October 15 was a success! Over 1250 people attended and enjoyed being able to access many of the resources and information they’ve been looking for under one roof.
 
The AAA 1-B website has a brand new look! Please check it out www.aaa1b.org. We think you’ll find it easier to use and find information.
 
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the optimal time to get your flu shot is by the end of October. It’s November, so if you haven’t had yours yet and you’re taking care of someone who gets a flu shot you mi
ght consider getting one. If you’re unsure, talk with your doctor. If you want to know where you can get a flu shot check this out. Learn more about the flu here.
 
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Resources available from
Area Agency on Aging 1-B

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B)  is a nonprofit agency that manages a wide variety of services to help seniors and adults with disabilities remain living in their own home or with family caregivers.

Serving Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties, we can guide and connect you to a wide variety of services and resources available in your area, including:


Calling us is the first step. Our toll-free Information and Assistance Line is staffed by specially certified resource specialists who are trained to help connect you to the right programs and services. We'll listen, ask the right questions and get you started finding the help you need. We also manage several government programs and our resource specialists can help you determine if your loved one might qualify.

Our Information and Assistance Phone Line is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. at (800) 852-7795.  You can also visit us on the web at www.aaa1b.org.

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Looking for More Classes?

Here are more upcoming classes you might be interested in. Call 800-852-7795 to register for any of these classes.

A Matter of Balance 2017
(Fall Prevention and Overcoming Fear of Falling)
Call (800) 852-7795 to register for Matter of Balance classes. Suggested donation $15.
Lockwood of Waterford
1407 Skipper Dr.
Waterford, MI 48327
Tuesdays, January 10 – Feburary 28
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Huron Valley Pace
2940 Ellsworth Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Wednesdays, January 18 – March 8
10:00 a.m. - Noon
  
Sterling Heights
Sterling Heights Senior Center

40200 Utica Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Mondays, February 6 – April 3
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 
Madison Tower
27777 Dequindre Rd.
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Thursdays, February 9 – March 30
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
Center Line Care Center
25373 Van Dyke
Center Line, MI 48015
Wednesdays, March 1 – April 19
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Diabetes PATH 2016/2017
(Diabetes Management) 
Call (800) 852-7795 to register for D-Path classes. Suggested donation $15.
Sterling Heights
Sterling Heights Senior Center

40200 Utica Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Thursdays, March 3 - April 6, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) 2017
Call (800) 852-7795 to register for Personal Action Toward Health classes. Suggested donation $15.

Waterford Senior Center
3621 Pontiac Lake Rd.
Waterford, MI 48328
Thursdays, March 2 through April 6
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 
Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) 2017
Madison Heights Senior Center
Call (248) 262-9956 to register for PTC classes. Suggested donation $15.

29448 John R Rd.
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Fridays, January 13 through February 17
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

West Bloomfield Parks & Recreation
Recreation Activities Center
4640 Walnut Lake Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
Fridays, March 3 through April 7
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
 
Creating Confident Caregiver Workshop 2017
(FREE training workshops for families caring for someone with dementia-related illness) 
Call (800) 852-7795 to register. 
Alzheimer’s Association
252 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 100
Southfield, MI  48033
Wednesdays, April 5 through Mary 20
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 
Council on Aging (Serving St. Clair County)
600 Grand River Ave.
Port Huron, MI  48060
Fridays, April 7 through May 12
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 
City of Warren
Parks & Recreation Dept.
Warren Community Center
5460 Arden, Room 503
Warren, MI  48092
Wednesdays, April 19 through May 24
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
Presbyterian Village of MI
The Village of East Harbor
33875 Kiely Drive
Chesterfield, MI  48047
Wednesdays, April 19 through May 24
10:00 a.m. – Noon
 
Bloomfield Twp. Senior Center
4315 Andover Rd.
Bloomfield Twp., MI 48302
Thursdays, May 18 through June 22
10:00 a.m. – Noon
 
Waterford Senior Center
3621 Pontiac Lake Rd.
Waterford, MI 48328
Wednesdays, June 7 through July 12
10:00 a.m. – Noon
 
Monroe Center for Healthy Aging (No on-site respite; in-home care may be available if you call at least 3 weeks in advance of class)
15275 Dixie Hwy.
Monroe, MI  48161
Wednesdays, June 21 through July 26
10:00 a.m. – Noon
 

Helpful Resources
 

Area Agency on Aging 1-B
(serving Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties)
(800) 852-7795
Monday Through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
www.aaa1b.org


SameAddress
Provides in-home care and concierge services for older adults who choose to age at home.
(248) 262-9999 or (866) SENIOR-1

www.sameaddress.com

The Senior Alliance
(Area Agency on Aging 1-C)

(serving Western Wayne County)
(800) 815-1112
www.aaa1c.org

Detroit Area Agency on Aging
(Area Agency on Aging 1-A)

(serving Detroit and the Grosse Pointes)
(313) 446-4444
www.daaa1a.org

MichiganHomeCareGuide.com
A free, unbiased senior and home care directory managed by the AAA 1-B. Listings, ratings and reviews to help seniors and caregivers find quality care.
MichiganHomeCareGuide.com

myride2.com
Transportation service that helps coordinate rides for seniors and disabled adults in Oakland and Macomb counties
(855) 677-4332 (toll-free)
myride2.com

Alzheimer's Association
(800) 272-3900
www.alz.org

National Family Caregivers Association
(800) 896-3650
www.nfcacares.org

 

Caregiving Connections is produced monthly by the Area Agency
on Aging 1-B

29100 Northwestern Highway, Suite, 400
Southfield, MI 48034
Phone: (800) 852-7795

Questions and comments may be directed to:

Margaret Topous, Communications Specialist/Editor
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(248) 262-9966
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