Issue 17
Medical Care during the Covid-19 Pandemic
by Dwana Bass, MSN, RN
PhD Candidate, Wayne State University College of Nursing
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, including how health care is delivered around the world. While the COVID-19 health crisis is clearly important, health care providers also worry about patients with other serious health conditions who are not visiting doctors, emergency departments, urgent care centers, and walk-in clinics for regular care. The fear is that . . . More . . .
Free Resources
Free Virtual Memory Screening from Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Memory screening is a simple and safe “healthy brain check-up” that tests memory and other thinking skills. It is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a physician or other clinician. Screenings are one-on-one with a qualified professional through a secure video conference in real time. You need a computer, smartphone or tablet with webcam. Call 866-232-8484 or click Memory Screening Sign-Up
Help with Scams & Identity Theft
Successful Aging thru Financial Empowerment (SAFE) provides free financial coaching to older adults and caregivers to help them manage money securely and accurately. Schedule an appointment with Program Director LaToya Hall by phone or computer now: or 313-664-2608. Assistance is safe, confidential and free. Brochure
Safe, virtual meetings
Watch Out for Covid-19 Vaccine Scams
COVID-19 vaccines are on the way. While distribution plans are still in the works, it’s not too early to talk about how to avoid the scams that are popping up around the vaccine. Here are three tips:
  • You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine sooner.
  • Beware of people trying to sell you treatments or medications to prevent the coronavirus.
  • Hang up if you get a call about the vaccine that asks for your Social Security, bank account or credit card number. MORE . . .
Financial Tips & Trainings for Caregivers
Older Adult Nest Egg was designed for people like you, older adults and caregivers trying to maintain their physical, emotional and financial health, as well as the professionals who work with them. Visit the new For Older Adults section to help determine your personal risk of financial exploitation.
Events & Activities
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Support for Those Recently Diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Registration is now open for the next session of the Mitten Minds Dementia Education Series. This program is a free virtual dementia education series specifically for those with a recent diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or in the early stages of a dementia. The program will take place weekly from March 9 – April 13 from 10:00AM - Noon. Registration is required.
Registration and additional information can be found here. Any questions, please contact the program facilitator, Ashley Miller, MPH, at
Party Line

A Social Group for Older Detroiters
Join by phone or computer!

A virtual social group for anyone feeling isolated. Hosted by the Healthier Black Elders Center at Wayne State. There will be icebreakers, games, poems, videos, and general topic discussions. Flier

Get together from 1-2:00 pm on Zoom every Tuesday through April 20.

Zoom Link or Call in at 1-646-876-9923 Meeting ID #438-691-8233
Set-Up Your New iPad
Apple’s iPad can be a great choice for keeping in touch with friends and relatives. Maybe you got one as a holiday present. Here are some simple tips and tricks to setting up an iPad to make it easy and fun to use. iPad set-up tips
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University of Michigan
Free Winter 2021 Programs
Attend via Zoom
Calm Connections - Caregiving and Living in the Moment
Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW, of the Center's Wellness Initiative
January 27
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Registration required here.

Dementia, Health, and the Black Family Caregiver: Towards a Novel Intervention
Dr. Sheria Robinson-Lane of the University of Michigan School of Nursing
February 23
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Registration required here.

Successful Aging thru Financial Empowerment (SAFE)
LaToya Hall of the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology
March 23
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Registration required here.
News & Research
New Study on Use of Weighted Blankets
This study is seeking people with dementia (ages 60 and older) and their family caregivers who live together in the home setting. Participants will be given a weighted blanket for the person with dementia. The person with dementia will be asked to use the blanket every day for 4 weeks. All communication with the research team will be over the phone or through Zoom. There is no in-person contact.

Contact Melissa Harris at or 405-513-1271.

Share Your Aging Story

Have you experienced an unexpected life transition? We want to hear from you.
A new study at the University of Michigan is interviewing older adults and their family members about their experiences managing moments of transition (like an illness, a move, a death in the family).

To learn more, contact Erin Ice at or call 785-218-5632

Study IRB Approval: HUM00190475