Caregiver Empowerment and Wellness Conference

The next conference will be held virtually in two parts:  Part 1is scheduled for Friday, July 31, 2020 from 10:00 am to noon and Part 2 is scheduled for Friday, August 14, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  Click here to register.  For more information, click on the flyer.

Caregiver Information

Being a caregiver can be one of the most loving and, at times, overwhelming things you can do for someone. Before it gets to the overwhelming point, browse our Programs and Services section for ways we can help or check out our caregiver and clienthelpful links to find information and tips.  

Family Caregiver - Quarterly Newsletter

Each family caregiver newsletter provides family caregivers with resources, information and helpful tips to keeps local caregivers informed. Click here for volume #1.  Register below to receive this quarterly newsletter.

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Dementia Care Consultation Program (Developing Dementia Dexterity)

This free program will provide you with tools and strategies to better handle the unique caregiver challenges you face as a dementia caregiver.  Click here for the program brochure.  Click here for a list of support groups.

Adult Day Care Centers

Adult Day Care Centers are designed to provide care and companionship for older adults who need assistance or supervision during the day. Programs offer relief to family members and caregivers, allowing them to go to work, handle personal business, or just relax while knowing their relative is well cared for and safe. Below is a list of day centers in the Region 9 AAA service area:

The Caring Place                                                           The Cottage
District Health Department #4                                    Ogemaw Commission on Aging
100 Woods Circle                                                          1528 South M-33
Alpena, MI 49707                                                           West Branch, MI 48661
(989) 356-4507 or (800) 221-0294                             (989) 345-3010 ext. 1810     

Otsego Haus Adult Day Services                                Pleasant Days Adult Day Center
Otsego County Commission on Aging                       Sunrise Side Senior Services
120 Grandview Blvd.                                                      131 Clyde Street
Gaylord, MI 49735                                                          Omer, MI 48749
(989) 732-1122                                                               (989) 653-2692 or (888) 370-7184                                            

Sand Castles                                                                   Serenity Day Lodge
Cheboygan County Council on Aging                         Roscommon County Commission on Aging
1531 Sand Rd.                                                                1015 Short Drive, Suite A
Cheboygan, MI 49721                                                   Prudenville, MI 48651
(231) 597-8317                                                              (989) 366-0205                                                      

Kinship Care

Kinship Care is a program for relative care providers caring for related children. If you are age 55 or older and caring for a related child under the age of 18, this program may be able to help you with expenses such as recreational activities, school supplies, clothing, needed furniture and more. Funding is limited.  See the attached Kinship flyer.  Contact your local Council/Commission on Aging for more information.  Click here to view our Kinship Care Handbook.

Gaylord - Lunch & Learn sessions from noon - 1:00 pm.  Click here for complete details.

Creating Confident Caregivers (CCC)

If you’re a caregiver caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or memory loss, this 6 week program is for you. Learn about dementia and its effect on the brain, how to reduce your stress and create a positive environment for your loved one. You’ll also learn how to plan activities for your loved one that are based on their strengths, gain self-confidence in your caregiving role and so much more. Contact us at for a list of workshops.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

This educational program is designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend and provide you with tools and strategies to better handle the unique caregiver challenges you face.  This class series meets once a week for six weeks.  Class size is limited and registration is required.

August 2, 2019 - September 13, 2019 in Gaylord.  Click here for full details.