Issue 21
How to Become an Advocate to Help Detroit

If you are concerned about something happening in your neighborhood, do you know what you can do about it?

We heard that people want to learn more about how to protect their communities, reduce harm, improve health, and contribute to the decision-making process. So we developed a training to educate people about how to advocate for themselves and their community.

We are developing a senior-driven advocacy program titled, "Senior Advocates and Guardians of our Environment" (SAGE) in Detroit. The Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) has worked to help Detroiters participate in decision-making about their neighborhoods and the city.

Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans month, and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is just two weeks later on June 15. From May through June 15, CFPB will spotlight tools and resources that can help older adults achieve and maintain financial well-being. Topics will include financial caregiving, housing decisions, planning for retirement, online and mobile banking tips, and elder financial exploitation. Watch the video below to hear more .

Help with Funeral Expenses

If you lost a loved one to Covid-19, you could receive government money for funeral expenses.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay up to $9,000 for funeral expenses for loved ones who died of Covid-19. Survivors can apply by contacting FEMA, toll-free, at 844-684-6333. To see if you qualify, read FEMA’s Funeral Assistance FAQs.

Unfortunately, scammers are falsely offering to register people for assistance. Don't be duped. Remember:
  • FEMA will not contact you until you call or apply for assistance.
  • The government won’t ask you to pay anything to get this benefit. 
  • Don’t give your own or your deceased loved one’s personal or financial information to anyone who contacts you out of the blue.

If you think you got a scam call, hang up and report it to the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or the Federal Trade Commission at
Research Opportunities
Impacts of Climate Change, Changing Natural Environments, and Water and Housing Concerns of Older Detroiters 

Volunteers Wanted
The Wayne State University School of Social Work would like to talk to any older adult, age 55 plus, living in the city of Detroit about their perceptions and experiences with these environmental and housing issues.  

You have four options to participate:
  1. Online Survey: Complete survey now at this link
  2. Phone Survey
  3. Interview over the phone or Zoom 
  4. Participate in a focus group over Zoom 

Please contact Evan Villeneuve at 313-332-8267 or to arrange for a phone survey, a longer individual interview or to participate in an online focus group.

Survey participants will be entered into a drawing for a $50 dollar gift card.
Individual interview participants will receive a $40 dollar gift card.
Focus group participants will receive a $30 dollar gift card.

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 a doctor's consultation. 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
Free Resources

Detroit and Ann Arbor
VA Medical Center
Caregiver Resource Fair
Tuesday, May 11 and May 18
Thursday, May 13 and May 20
1:00 – 3:00pm EST
Topics include mental health, aging services, legal, social security, substance abuse, spiritual health, homeless services, transitional care management, hospital caregiver programs, Veterans Benefit Administration, suicide prevention and more. Presentations from VA programs, state government agencies and community organizations.
Dementia Super Saturday Series - Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Plus a Cooking Demo: Baked Kafta with Donna Jawad from MCCFAD  
Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.-noon | Register 

The Latest Updates in Alzheimer's Disease Research with Scott Roberts, Ph.D., Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center at the University of Michigan (MADC)
Wednesday, May 19, 5-6:30 p.m. | Register |
or Friday, May 21, 10-11:30 a.m. | Register 

Spanish-speaking Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research plus Bingo Night
Wednesday, May 26, 7-8:30 p.m. | Register

View additional upcoming programs at

Events & Activities
Help Plan the Future of Senior Housing
The School of Social Work at Wayne State invites you to attend the international virtual seniors housing conference:

May 11 & 12 from Noon to 4:00 pm
Free for Older Adults

Detroit Parkinson's Support Group
Zoom Meetings Every 3rd Tuesday
1:00 - 3:00 pm

The Detroit Parkinson’s Support Group provides information and support to anyone affected by Parkinson's disease. Support group discussions offer an amazing exchange of personal experiences and professional presentations. They welcome anyone personally affected by Parkinson’s or caring for someone with Parkinson's. To join, call 248-722-4085.

News & Programs
from the
Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center
Environmental chemicals and dementia, how to improve thinking skills without medication, breakthrough in the gene that can cause dementia, participate in a new research study, advocate for Alzheimer's research, more . . .