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Area Agency on Aging Honors Caregivers with Awards Luncheon

November is National Family Caregivers Month. The observance highlights individuals who provide unwavering support to those who need it most.  Whether it’s a parent, adult child or sibling, caregivers are the unsung heroes of our community. In honor of their efforts, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is presenting the Caregiver Champions: Caregiver Appreciation and Awards Luncheon.

Co-sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the event celebrates local caregivers with a day of fun, pampering and appreciation. Tati Amare of WDIV-Channel 4’s Live in The D will host, while A Healthier Michigan Podcast host and former WDIV weatherman Chuck Gaidica will present the keynote address. Guests will be treated to a three-course meal, relaxing massage, multiple giveaways and a professional photo booth.

Six caregivers, representing Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Monroe, Livingston and St. Clair counties, will be named Caregiver Champions of the Year and receive a $500 cash prize.

“The event and the contest are all about honoring and appreciating family caregivers in our community,” said Kathleen Yanik, communications manager, Area Agency on Aging 1-B. “Family caregivers do so much. They’re often handling the errands, the medical appointments, the meals, the day-to-day care of their loved ones and so much more. It can be a 24/7 commitment, and family caregivers often don’t get the acknowledgement they deserve.  We wanted to do something just for them.”

The AAA 1-B will also have a resource table where attendees can receive one-on-one advice from a caregiver specialist.

The Caregivers Appreciation and Awards Luncheon is open to the public but requires advance registration. Tickets range from $15-$35 and can be purchased here. Ticket sales close on November 10.

  • What: Caregiver Champions: Caregiver Appreciation and Awards Luncheon
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, Noon-4 p.m.
  • Where: Marriott Hotel, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084

For more information on the Area Agency on Agency 1-B please visit aaa1b.org.

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