Would you like to help with
important research?
Perhaps you qualify for the
WALLET Study . . .

An Institute of Gerontology study — WALLET (Wealth Accumulations & Later-life Losses in Early cognitive Transitions) — is recruiting men and women age 60 and older who manage their own household finances, but feel like their memory is slipping.

To learn more, contact Vanessa Rorai at 313-664-2604 or email vrorai@wayne.edu .
Train Your Brain
July 16 at 1:00 pm
Virtual Learning Lecture

Give your brain a workout! Participate in interactive BrainStorm workshops to increase your knowledge of brain health and strengthen skills to maintain and improve cognitive function. Sponsored by the OPC, the Institute of Gerontology and HAP.
Caregiver Empowerment
Easy-to-Follow Trainings on Important Caregiving Issues

If you worry about caring for a relative or friend, especially how to protect them financially, we can help. The Institute of Gerontology's new caregiver section, "For Family & Friends," offers free resources and training videos to anyone providing care.
Holding Difficult Conversations
Detecting Early Cognitive Decline
Managing Someone Else's Money
Detecting Financial Exploitation

Read the latest  blog  post from Dr. Peter Lichtenberg , director of the Institute of Gerontontology at Wayne State University, as he shares his personal experiences with grief . His brother's cancer has returned but Peter cannot fly to visit him during this pandemic.
Tuesdays, July 14 - Aug. 18, 2020
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch & Learn through Zoom

This 6-week program will help you take care of yourself while caring for a relative or friend (no professional caregivers, please). You will benefit whether you help a parent, spouse, friend or someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. Note -- We do not focus on specific diseases or hands-on care giving for the care receiver.

My Journey with Sumi
by Kanu "KC" Mehta

A firsthand account of caring for his wife of 46 years, Sumi, diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer's disease
One of the common lamenting themes among us caregivers is that many of our old friends and relatives become disengaged from our lives after the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in our loved ones. I am fortunate that many of my old friends are still involved, but caregiving also provides an opportunity to make new friends with life’s changing situation. With this in mind, I share my post of May 9, 2019. 

As I consider Sumi's caregivers, I think of mountaineers attempting to scale the summit of Mount Everest. They leave their loved ones back home. They prepare assiduously for their expedition, yet no two days are the same and surprises like wind gusts, snow storms, and avalanches can crop up all within the same day. The Sherpas (local Nepalese) become the most significant people in their lives during the climb, more important than their loved ones. The Sherpas prepare the route to follow, fix ropes in place and carry the necessary climbing kit up the mountain so the mountaineers can safely follow. Sherpas normally weigh 100-140 lbs. and carry loads almost equal to their own weight.

As I climb this mountain of caregiving, Sumi’s caregivers are my Sherpas!

 Help with Scams, Fraud, Identity Theft & Managing Money as a Caregiver

Stay protected. No need for an in-person visit.
financial coaching to older adults and their caregivers to manage money securely and accurately. Schedule an appointment with Program Director LaToya Hall,MSW, to talk by phone or computer now: l.hall@wayne.edu or 313-664-2608. Assistance is safe, confidential and free.