Established in April 1974, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM)’s mission is to provide older persons and persons with a disability an array of services designed to promote independence and dignity in their homes and their communities.
Before the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, older adults and individuals with disabilities did not have many long term care options and there were not many alternatives to a nursing home. With the creation of Area Agencies on Aging, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan was able to establish relationships with service partners to provide in-home care options for older adults.
Click on the video below to see how AAAWM got started.
What We Do:
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan:
- Plans, develops, oversees, and advocates for the in-home care of older adults, especially those with the greatest social and economic needs
- Contracts with providers to deliver services aimed to keep seniors in their own home as they age
- Provides Care Management services for older adults, in which a nurse and social worker develop in-home care plans utilizing resources available in the community
- Serves older adults in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Osceola Counties
- Administers the Kent County Senior Millage
- Services are provided with funding from federal, state and local sources.
Click on the video below to see our services in action.
The Future of the Aging Network:
With the increasing older adult population, AAAWM has made a commitment to providing healthy aging options in areas of Diabetes self-management, fall prevention and senior exercise. AAAWM will continue to provide in-home care options to seniors and individuals with disabilities to help them maintain independence and dignity.
Click here to see the future of AAAWM and the aging network.