AAA 1B Offers Caregiver Coaching
Area Agency on Aging 1B offers a free Caregiver Coaching program that aims to assist caregivers by matching them with a professionally trained volunteer coach. This is a compassionate partner who helps caregivers identify needs and obstacles, and sometimes just offers an empathetic ear.
• The program is available to family caregivers who either reside in AAA1B's six-county southeast Michigan service region, or care for a family member who resides in the region which includes Macomb and Oakland counties.
• There is no commitment or cost to schedule. Caregivers may call their coach for help identifying resources, help them meet a challenge, or just to talk. Communications are typically by phone or Zoom.
“Caregivers are an underserved population who can feel overwhelmed and are often juggling career and family demands in addition to caring for their aging family member,” says Julie Lowenthal, program coordinator. “I think the program empowers caregivers — improving and enhancing the quality of life both for them and those they care for.”
To become a coach, or to be matched with one, call 800.852.7795 or visit www.aaa1b.org/caregiver-resources/caregiver-coaching/.