Health Care 2014

Do you have questions about Health Care? Like millions of Americans, you probably do. As you may have heard, in 2014 the landscape of health care options will change drastically for some people. This site will answer all of your questions and even some you didn't know you had. If you have additional questions you'd like answered in person, click here for information on a Community Forum scheduled for Thursday, August 22. For more health related sites that have been vetted by AADL staff, check out our health-related Select Sites.

Great Start Readiness Pre-School Program

Give your pre-schooler the benefit of early-childhood education. Your family may qualify for Free Public Pre-School. The Great Start Readiness Program prioritizes children by risk factors that may typically be a barrier to success in school. To see if you or a family you know qualifies for this program call your local United Way 2 1 1 line, or go to this website for more information.

Double Up Food Bucks!

If you receive Public Food Assistance, you can receive Double Up food Bucks and buy twice the amount of goods at area Farmer's Markets. This program allows recipients to spend any amount up to $20.00 per day using your Bridge Card to purchase Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB). Double that $20 to $40 by spending it on healthy, delicious Farmers Market foods like bread, baked goods plus fruits and vegetables. What a fantastic way to stretch your food budget!

Described Video Service/DVS

AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a Descriptive Video Service or DVS feature. More films are being produced for children and adults that are Described Video Recordings for L Card users to borrow. There are comedies, action, animation, horror and science fiction films available. Many can be sent by mail to our WLBPD patrons as Free Matter for the Blind. If there's a member of your family who has been missing out on movies due to low-vision, look at our list of described videos that you can watch together!

Focus Groups for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

The Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy and the statewide Partners Against Violence and Injustice in Michigan are gathering information to improve services for adults with development disabilities in Washtenaw County and across Michigan. The team is seeking individuals with developmental disabilities to participate in a 90 minute focus group by sharing ideas and providing examples of what has worked well and what hasn’t during programs or while receiving services. Focus groups will be held on July 16th and 17th at the Ann Arbor Center For Independent Living at 11 am and 2 pm each day. Transportation and other assistance is available, and participants will receive a $25 Meijer gift card for their time. Light refreshments will also be available. To register for one of the discussions, please contact Beth at 734-662-1256 or bgarlock@washtenawaca.org.

Planning for Aging: Informational Event

Whether you are planning for your own future needs, are a caregiver for an older adult or will assist a loved one to develop a personal care plan, this informational event will be of interest to you. Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor are pleased to offer this presentation about three essential topics all aging adults, family members and caregivers should be familiar with: Long term care insurance, Private duty home health care, and Housing options for older adults in Washtenaw County.The session will be held on June 27 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the JCC and is for informational & educational purposes. There will be no marketing of services. To RSVP or ask a question, please contact: Diane Fenske, Older Adult Services Coordinator, JFS (734) 769-0209 or diane@jfsannarbor.org.

Audio Description Track on DVD!

AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a Descriptive Video Service or DVS feature. More films are being produced for children and adults that are Described Video Recordings for L Card users to borrow. Some are even available by mail to our WLBPD patrons as Free Matter for the Blind. If your vision isn't what it used to be, you may want to try watching a film with described narration. That way you don't have to ask other folks what's happening on the screen and can concentrate on the film.

NLS Magazines Transition to Digital Format

In early 2013, the National Library Service will discontinue production of magazines on cassette and will instead begin circulating magazines on digital cartridges similar to those used for books. The color of the magazine cartridges will be blue and their cases will be maroon. If you are currently subscribed to magazines on cassette, you should expect no interruption to your subscription service. However, there will be changes to the service we'd like you to be prepared for. Unlike with cassettes, it will be required that you return your magazine cartridge in order to receive your next month's subscription(s). ALL of your magazine subscriptions will be loaded onto a single digital cartridge. To navigate from one magazine to another, you will need to use the "bookshelf" function on your Digital Talking Book Machine (DTBM). Instructions on how to use this function will be the first item to play when you insert a magazine cartridge. You can refer to the following article, "The Bookshelf: Navigating More Than One Book or Magazine" in the Winter 2013 newsletter. Instructions are also available on www.wlbpd.aadl.org under "BARD". If you are currently receiving magazines you have not subscribed to, or that you no longer wish to receive, please contact us so we may update your account. If you have a Standard DTBM and would like to upgrade to an Advanced DTBM, which provides greater navigation, including setting bookmarks when navigating through books and magazines, please let us know by calling (734) 327-4224, or emailing wlbpd@aadl.org.

Dental Screening Day!

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On Saturday, February 2nd, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the Washtenaw District Dental Society will be providing a free Dental Screening day. This is happening on the 2nd Floor Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and will close after the first 100 participants have registered. Children ages 5-12 years welcome but must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

The Affordable Care Act: Evolution of Senior Health

The idea of Senior Health has evolved since the creation of Medicare in 1965. The passing of the Affordable Care Act has further changed health care for seniors. Part of the 2013 MLK symposium, this presentation will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at: the Turner Senior Resource Center. Jacquetta Hinton will be presenting and this free event includes lunch.

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