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Hearing Loss

by Erika Squires, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
& Institute of Gerontology Trainee
Hearing loss affects one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 and almost half of people over the age of 75. Hearing loss diminishes quality of life by limiting social participation and has been associated with frailty and memory decline. Yet many older adults never seek help. Why? READ MORE
Stop Bullies Where We Live
This blogpost by Frances Shani Parker gives victims and advocates a personal plan of action to stop bullying in senior living communities, even if the community does nothing. Ms. Shani Parker is the author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes and an eldercare consultant in Detroit.
Free Class for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a proven program that gives caregivers a range of self-care tools to help them reduce personal stress and communicate effectively with family members and healthcare providers. This 6-week program -- Oct 7 to Nov 11 -- is free. Register by Oct. 5
What's the Best Hand Sanitizer?
Not all hand sanitizers are created equal. What's actually in that stuff we keep rubbing all over our hands? Does it really kill the virus? Sanitizer Science
When Debt Collectors Call
If you have outstanding debts during this stressful time, use the When debt collectors call tool from the Your Money, Your Goals financial empowerment toolkit from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The Latest in Dementia Research
Presented by Dr. Bruno Giordani of the University of Michigan. Learn about the possible correlation between flu and pneumonia vaccinations to lower risk of dementia, a potential blood test for Alzheimer's, and a new research study to understand the long-term impact of Covid-19 on the brain. Free.
Wednesday, Sept 23 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Is it the Blues or Depresson?
Critical information about the prevalence of depression, which, if left untreated, increases one's risk of cognitive decline and other chronic conditions. Next Avenue
Financial Tips & Trainings for Caregivers
The Family & Friends section of was designed for people like you, caregivers trying to maintain the physical, emotional and financial health of the people they care for.

Narrated trainings explain topics like dementia, having difficult conversations about money, and when to create a power of attorney. Find resources, news alerts and workbooks to improve financial literacy. Take the do-it-yourself assessment to determine your loved one's vulnerability to exploitation (called the Family & Friends Questionnaire). Financial health is caregiving health. Visit to strengthen and expand your caregiving skills.
A Place Just for Us
Visit metro Detroit's newest website on living life fully as we age. Articles and videos on wellness, mental health, entertainment, legal issues and more. Proudly made in Detroit! Gracefully Greying
Free Help with Scams & Identity Theft
Successful Aging thru Financial Empowerment (SAFE) provides free financial coaching to older adults and their caregivers to help them manage money securely and accurately. Schedule an appointment with Program Director LaToya Hall to talk by phone or computer now: or 313-664-2608. Assistance is safe, confidential and free. Brochure
Stay protected during the pandemic. No need for an in-person visit.