Issue 18
Matters of the Heart . . .
For the Love of Caregivers
Join the Detroit Area Agency on Aging for a free hour of your favorite love songs by DJ Big Kahuna, plus tips on caregiving and heart health.

Friday, Feb 12 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Register through Eventbrite
or through Facebook

In partnership with the American Heart Association.
Worried about Foreclosure?
Ask Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree your most critical questions about home foreclosure. Learn about payment plans, prevention and other resources. This Zoom event is especially for seniors.

Wednesday, March 17
6:00 pm

In partnership with AARP and the SAFE (Successful Aging thru Financial Empowerment) program at Wayne State University
Free Resources
Brain Health for Caregivers & Older Adults
Of course you want to preserve your brain health as you age -- but how? Visit "Brain Health & Aging," the new section on for easy-to-understand info about brain aging and how to maintain your thinking skills and memory.
Click below for full informational brochure in each area:

We Sure Don't Love Valentine's Day Scams
Romance scams reached a record $304 million in losses reported to the FTC in 2020. That’s up about 50% from 2019. Don't become a statistic on Valentine's Day. Read about the latest scam techniques and how to avoid them. Protect your heart and your bank account. More . . .

Events & Activities

University of Michigan
Free Winter 2021 Programs
Attend via Zoom
Dementia, Health, and the Black Family Caregiver
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.

Support for Those 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. Questions? Contact program facilitator Ashley Miller, MPH, at
Party Line
An Online Social Group for Detroit Elders

A virtual social group for anyone feeling isolated. Join by phone or computer. Hosted by the Healthier Black Elders Center at Wayne State. Icebreakers, games, poems, videos, and general topic discussions. Flier

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
Senior Planet Free Classes
With 2021 upon us, you may want to try some new indoor activities to brighten your day. Senior Planet, a national organization, is open to anyone 60 years or older, with an interesting variety of mostly free online classes that are healthy, interesting and entertaining. 

All classes are on Zoom and easy to enter. You must have Zoom installed on your computer, iPad or mobile phone. Just go online to the class at the scheduled time and click on the link for that class. The Senior Planet Hotline can help you install Zoom technology for their classes at 1-920-666-1950.

News & Research
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
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.