Find resources on caring for elderly or disabled adult family members

(WXYZ) - The 14th Annual Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Diamond Ballroom at the Suburban Collection Showplace (46100 Grand River Avenue, one mile west of Novi Road) in Novi, Michigan. 

This free event provides access to resources, services and support for people who care for elderly or disabled adult family members or friends.

This year's Expo offers 12 new and popular expert presentations (see topics and presenters below). More than 120 exhibitors will be on site displaying and demonstrating products and services for caregivers. 

The AAA 1-B's Resource Specialists and trained Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) volunteers will be available all day at the "Ask The Resource Specialist" booth answering questions on Medicare, Medicaid, transportation options, in home services, and providing access to local resources.

"Family caregivers are faced with mental, physical and financial stress, as they balance caring for an aging or disabled family member," said Tina Abbate Marzolf, chief executive officer, AAA 1-B.  "Staying connected and utilizing resources is essential to caregiver health, wellbeing and survival. The annual Caregiver Expo provides that connection to help empower caregivers, reduce their stress and improve their outlook and quality of life."

Guests of the Caregiver Expo will enjoy morning refreshments. Snacks will be available in the afternoon on a cash and carry basis. Caregivers will also have the chance to win door prizes and giveaways.  Parking and admission are free.

The Caregiver Expo is sponsored by AAA – The Auto Club Group; HAP Medicare Solutions; Henry Ford Health System; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Christopher J. Berry, Certified Elder Law Attorney; Priority Health; American House; Guardian Medical Monitoring; Meridian Advantage Plan of Michigan; Personal Touch Home Health Services, Inc.; Presbyterian Villages of Michigan; and Waltonwood. 

Refreshment Sponsors are Jim Schuster, Certified Elder Law Attorney; SMART; and Trinity Senior Living Communities.  Respite Care at the Expo is sponsored by DMC- Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital; Hospice of Michigan; Sunrise Senior Living; and Visiting Angels.

For more information on the free 2013 Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo, visit or call 1-800-852-7795.

Educational seminars include:

From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

"Keeping the Keys"
Jack Peet, Traffic Safety Manager, AAA – The Auto Club Group

"10 Important Things to Know About Medicare"
Karen Wintringham, Vice President, Medicare Programs, HAP Medicare Solutions

"Paying for Long- Term Care; Medicaid and VA Benefits"
Christopher J. Berry, JD, Certified Elder Law Attorney
"Home Modifications That Can Help You Age in Place Safely"
Bob Johnson, Owner, Johnson Building Company, and
Christopher & David Compo, Co-Owners, Compo Builders

From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

"Delirium & Dementia Demystified"
Dr. Gardi Vidholia, Geriatrician, Henry Ford Medical Group

"Navigating Long Term Care Options"
Marie Baloga, Acting Director, Community Care Services, Area Agency on Aging 1-B

"Scams, Swindles & Where to Turn When You Suspect Elder Abuse"
The Honorable Judge Derek Meinecke, 44th District Court, Royal Oak, and
Susan Peters, Attorney General Bill Schuette's Office, The Senior Brigade Program

"I Thought I Was Alone! – How & Why a Support Group Helps"
Bob Swartz, Support Group Leader, Significant Others Support Group

FROM 12:30 pm to 1:30 p.m.

"Age Friendly and Fund Exercises Can Be a Part of Your Daily Routine"
Rose Cook, Senior Medicare Consultant – Federal Business Division, and
SilverSneakers Fitness Program, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

"Managing Chronic Illness"
Mary Cooley, Director of Care Management for the Medicare Market, Priority Health

"Legal Tips for Caregivers"
Jim Schuster, J.D., Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)
"Art Enrichmnet Programs for the Person with Dementia"
Jean Barnas, Program Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association – Greater Michigan Chapter, and
CarolynRose Stone, Art Therapist, Silver Club Adult Day Service

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