Coaching program for those caring for older loved ones kicks off in July

Livingston County residents caring for an older loved one will get more support, and volunteers will learn how to give it, thanks to a grant to the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, through the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds, has awarded the agency $20,000 to start the new Caregiver Coaching program in Livingston County. The Caregiver Coaching program pairs family caregivers with friendly and knowledgeable “neighbors” who can help them navigate resources, resolve problem situations, or just listen.

The one-on-one communications are done by phone or secure video link. Virtual training by professionals — 12 hours are required — is beginning in July for volunteers. Prior caregiving experience is desired but not necessary.

Contact Amy Smyth at (248) 794-4577 or email her at for more information and to sign up.

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