Issue 23
Honoring the Male Caregiver
The number of male caregivers nationwide is 47%, yet many people still think of caregiving as primarily done by women. We share this interview between award-winning author and eldercare consultant Frances Shani Parker and her longtime friend Frank Gasiorek. Frank was the primary caregiver for his mother until her death.

Frances Shani Parker's book, Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions at online and offline booksellers. Learn more about Frances' work at
Update from Caregiver Kanu (KC) Mehta:
Panel on Housing Options
"I was a panel member on the recent webinar, “Aging-In-Place and Senior Housing Options” organized by the National Chrysler Retirement Organization (NCRO) and the Area Agency on Aging 1-B. NCRO has 5,000 Chrysler retirees as its members.

"Many times, we face an unplanned and unexpected situation and we try to deal with or manage as best we can. Most of our actions at that time are gut based due to the suddenness of the events unfolding. As time passes and we come to accept the reality, we look back and reflect on what we did and why."

KC has been caring full-time for his wife, Sumi, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2013. Learn more about his caregiving journey here, or watch the housing session here. Kanu's comments can be heard at time marks 18:50, 46:00 and 1:15.
Were You Defrauded?

Our SAFE program could help you get a refund.

Successful Aging thru Financial Empowerment (SAFE) provides free financial coaching to older adults and caregivers to help them manage money securely and accurately. If you've been a victim of fraud or exploitation let SAFE help you try to recover your money.

Schedule an appointment with Program Director LaToya Hall by phone or computer now: or 313-664-2608. Assistance is safe, confidential and free. Brochure

Worried you might be vulnerable to financial exploitation?

Events & Activities


Sleep profiles, roles and needs of care partners of persons living with cognitive decline:
How do they fit together?

August 26
12:00 - 1:00PM


Mitten Minds Weekly Series
for Persons with Memory Loss
Sept - Oct 6

Family Caregivers Tell Us What You Think

Our Wellness Initiative needs feedback from all caregivers who have participated in Center wellness programs, support groups, and any other online education events in the past year. Your input will help us decide upcoming virtual offerings and the format of our programs.
Take a moment to fill out this brief survey at the link below. We greatly appreciate your input! 

PLUS . . .
Participate in Research
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.