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Healthier Black Elders Center Videos


Tuesday, October 12: Changing Environment

Significant changes are occurring in our weather and envi­ronment. Wayne State School of Social Work faculty Dr. Tam Perry and her research team will explain their project to ad­vance knowledge of the impact of changing environments on older adults. The study includes many HBEC members. Discussion includes climate change and current changes in the environment, such as local and state water concerns and other environmental justice concerns, particularly relating to senior housing.

Wednesday, October 6: AARP Medicaid Tele Town Hall

Join us for this AARP Tele Town Hall designed to help you avoid the fraudsters who use Medicare to scam you. Hear presentations and get your questions answered from the following federal experts:

Darren Bartnik, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Office of Investigations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Marc Heggemeyer, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the Office of Investigations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General

Bev Clark, Medicare/Medicaid Coordinator, Area Agency on Aging 1B

Friday, September 24: Sleep

One of the most important habits for good health and wellbeing is sleep. Dr. Robin Tucker, from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at MSU, developed the program and will co-present with Program Instructor Nicole Wethington from MSU Extension. Dr. Tucker and Nicole will discuss the many benefits sleep has on our health and tips to help you sleep longer, deeper and wake up refreshed.

Monday, July 12: Research on Memory and Brain Health

What should you expect when you are in a research study? What are the benefits of participating in research? How are research study results used? Dr. Aaron Ellenbogen and Dolly Niles from QUEST Research will answer these questions and share information on how to receive free memory screenings and opportunities to participate in studies on memory.

Tuesday, June 15: Let’s Talk Brain Health

Dr. Ana Daugherty, a neuroscientist at Wayne State, has a special talent for explaining brain health in a simple and entertaining way. She will explain early, subtle signs of dementia and how your lifestyle can protect and enhance your brain and your ability to remember.

Wednesday, May 27: Glaucoma Specialist

Dr. Paula Anne Newman-Casey is an ophthalmologist who specializes in the care of glaucoma patients and the Co-Director of the Kellogg Eye Center for eHealth at the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on how to help people take better control of their glaucoma. She shares important information about what glaucoma is and how best to manage it.

Wednesday, April 21: Put Your Best Foot Forward

Kick up your feet and join us as we talk about an important but often overlooked part of our health—our feet! Dr. Monicia Summers, Flint native and podiatrist, will share advice on using proper footwear to improve circulation and prevent injury, discuss self-care strategies for those managing diabetes and arthritis, as well as self-treatment for common, painful foot conditions.

Tuesday, March 30: Financial Empowerment

LaToya Hall (Program Coordinator, Successful Aging through Financial Empowerment) and Attorney Howard Collens discuss aspects of being financially wise during the Covid pandemic. Topics include avoiding common scams, protecting your devices, estate planning, and handling power-of-attorney responsibilities before a loved one becomes incapacitated.


Tuesday, Dec. 8: Let’s Talk Skin Care

Dr. Mari Paz Castanedo Tardan, dermatologist and assistant professor at the University Of Michigan School of Medicine, gives an in-depth presentation on skin health for many types of skin. She’ll give special emphasis on maintaining healthy skin as we age, the important differences in caring for African American skin versus other races, and more.

Thursday, Nov. 12: Grief, Loss, and How to Cope

2020 has been an emotionally challenging year. Join us to learn about recognizing signs of grief and depression, how these emotions can impact us, and ways to embrace positive coping strategies. Speakers will be Dr. Peter Lichtenberg, director of WSU’s Institute of Gerontology, Dr. Jennifer Johnson, clinical psychologist at MSU, and Dr. Kent Key, professor in MSU’s College of Human Medicine.

Monday, Oct. 12: Covid-19 & Flu Season

AARP is our partner on this tele-town hall event discussing what you need to know about Covid-19 and the flu season. Dr. Teena Chopra, WSU infectious disease expert, explains the difference between Covid-19 and the flu and how to prepare for the flu season. Dr. Jennifer Edwards-Johnson, a family medicine doctor and assistant professor at MSU College of Human Medicine, describes what she sees in her practice treating patients and what you need to know before visiting your doctor.

Thursday, Sept. 24: Stocking a Smarter Pantry

MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor Iteria Finley shows you how to stock up your pantry and freezer to be healthier and to save money! She’ll share how to limit grocery store visits, how long food can be safely stored, properly thawing frozen food, cooking from frozen, and how to identify healthy pantry staples with long shelf lives.