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Interest: Seniors & Caregivers

OLLI at U of M Offers Free Online Lectures

Published: April 13, 2020

Since in-person programming is suspended for now, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is offering free programming to the community. They are hosting 2-3 live-stream lectures per week, and have opened up their video catalog to the public during our stay at home order. Watch programs on history, civics, technology, politics, art, and health, including a lecture by Dr. Lona Mody on COVID-19.  Go to the OLLI site  and then click on Video Catalog at the top of the page. Check out their long list of distinguished lecturers on timely topics or for pure enjoyment, to stimulate your lifelong learning.


Income Taxes during Covid-19

Published: March 16, 2020

Covid-19 has severely impacted our patrons getting their taxes done through the dependable AARP Tax Aide volunteers. In addition to the library being closed temporarily, AARP has also suspended the Tax Aide program indefinitely. While our hope is that things will get back to normal, here are some suggestions and resources in the meantime: ***UPDATE 3/20/20: The federal filing deadline has been extended to July 15 for individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates.  For more information see IRS press release.  No extensions need to be filed. If you are getting …


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Engaging with YDL in light of the Coronavirus

Published: March 13, 2020

Ypsilanti District Library will close all of its locations beginning at 6 pm today (March 13) with a preliminary plan to reopen on April 14.


Community resources to help during Coronavirus closings

Published: March 13, 2020

As a community resource, we understand the difficulties we are all facing at this time. In addition to electronic resources from YDL, we wanted to make sure you know what other community resources were available to you and your family during this period of extended closures


YDL Coronavirus Information

Published: March 11, 2020

As COVID-19 ramps up in Michigan, the need for accurate information is critical.


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How graphic novels are helping doctors and patients

Published: March 2, 2020

“Something remarkable and game changing is being sparked in the alliance between comics and medicine. It’s becoming clear that these graphic narratives can deepen understanding, not only of facts but of feelings, between patients, family, and professionals. A spoonful of comics really does help the medicine go down.” – Paul Gravett, author of Comics Art and the editor of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die Graphic Medicine is the use of comics in medical education and patient care. Graphic novels related to illness, aging, and other difficult topics are emerging as a robust and widely varied sub-genre of …


Free Tax Assistance Help at YDL

Published: February 24, 2020

Free income tax return assistance is available at all YDL locations!  Tax preparation assistance sponsored by AARP is available at YDL-Michigan on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Call 734-482-4110 ext 1385 to make an appointment. AARP volunteers will be available at YDL-Whittaker on Thursdays and appointments may be made by calling 734-482-4110 ext 2411.  This service targets people with low to moderate income with special attention to those 50 and older. YDL-Superior will be a Scan & Go site again this year in partnership with United Way of Washtenaw County and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. To be eligible for Scan …


Help for Veterans is Available

Published: November 14, 2019

Did you know that as of 2019, 11.7 million veterans are over the age of 65, which is about 61% of all veterans (U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics)? The Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs can help veterans, their survivors and dependents, file claims for benefits from Federal, State, and Local governments and receive help with VA Pension, life insurance and health care, financial assistance with food, transportation, and housing, and funeral and burial reimbursements. Their mission is to provide accurate, efficient and timely services to ensure delivery of benefits to veterans and their families.  If …


Senior Living Week

Published: August 22, 2019

Looking for a new place to live?  Need some legal advice?  Senior Living Week brings answers to these and many more questions for those aging in our community.  The Expo on Saturday, September 14 at Washtenaw Community College will feature exhibitors, educational workshops, free legal advice and annual flu shots. Other workshops on a variety of topics will take place during the week of Sept 14-21 at various locations around the area.  See this flyer for more information.


Have Questions about Medicare or Medicaid?

Published: June 10, 2019

Get unbiased advice to make the right decisions about your health care. Schedule a one-on-one conversation with an experienced health counselor, provided by the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.  Counselors are available at the Michigan Avenue branch of YDL June 8, 22, July 13, 27, August 10, and 24.  Make an appointment by calling 800-803-7174.