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A Matter of Balance Coach Training - Free!

8/30/2017 10:11am

Our Healthy Aging Department will be leading a Coach Training for A Matter of Balance. This free training is being offered for partners who may want to provide this program to their older adults.  A Matter of Balance requires two trained coaches lead the workshop. Coaches need not be healthcare professionals, and in fact, lay leaders are preferred. 

Date:  September 25 and 26, 2017 (Monday & Tuesday)

Time:    10 am – 4 pm 9/25; 9 am – 4pm 9/26

Location: Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan 

Lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in the free coach training, learn more here.

To register: (616) 588-2580 | JillianN@aaawm.org

 

 

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Join Us for the Senior Volunteer Fair

8/28/2017 8:32am

Senior Leadership Grand Rapids invites you to attend the annual Senior Volunteer Fair at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on September 8, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.. Join Senior Leadership Grand Rapids to learn about volunteer opportunities throughout the greater Grand Rapids area.  40+ organizations will be represented.  Attendees receive free museum admission, refreshments and parking.  Registration is required. Call (616) 222-7042 | Email registration@aaawm.org.

You can access more detailed information here and here.

We hope to see you there! 

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#1 Osborn Bob said:

Hi I am a soon to be retiree, unfortunately I will not be able to attend the volunteer fair. Is there any way to get a list of the organization's that will be there? Thank you, Bob

#2 Raymond Novakoski said:

Forgot to register can we get in?

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Kent County Senior Millage Letter of Intent

6/30/2017 11:19am

Kent County Senior Millage Letter of Intent

AAAWM is now accepting Letters of Intent for 2018 Kent County Senior Millage funds.  Letters of Intent are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. The letter is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017. Click here to access the Letter of Intent form.

There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room A at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to proposal@aaawm.org.  Questions will not be answered outside this meeting; however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared.  Please do not ask AAAWM staff any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC).

Agencies will be notified by August 15, 2017 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal.  Proposals will be due September 11, 2017.  Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 9, 2017.  Please save those dates to ensure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.

Continuation Funding Forms

Current service partners will receive continuation of funding forms on August 15, 2017.  You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on one of the following October dates – October 9, 10, or 11, 2017.

The 2018 funding level is expected to be at least $10 million.

Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities.  To learn more go to partners/kent_county_senior_millage_partners and look under the heading Resources.  If you have questions about these resources you can contact your Contract Administrator or Anne Ellermets at 616.222.7014 or at Anne@aaawm.org

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FY 2018 Draft Plan Now Available

5/31/2017 11:16am

The FY 2018 Draft Plan is now available. Comments are welcome and will be accepted through June 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. through multiple channels (listed below).

The plan (click here to download the plan) includes goals and objectives defining how federal Older Americans Act and state Older Michiganian Act funds will be spent to support home and community-based services for older adults in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Montcalm, Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties.

Seniors, family members caring for an older loved one, elected officials, advocates and other interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed plan by June 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Individuals may participate by:

  • Commenting on the website (www.aaawm.org)
  • Responding on AAAWM’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging)
  • Sending a letter 3215 Eaglecrest Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

The Area Plan will be considered by the AAAWM Advisory Council at their meeting on June 5, 2017.  The AAAWM Executive Board will consider the recommendation(s) of the Advisory Council at their meeting on June 26, 2017, at which time they will make a recommendation regarding the Area Plan to the AAAWM Board of Directors.  The AAAWM Board will consider the recommendations of both bodies and any public comments on the Area Plan at their meeting on June 26, 2017. 

For additional information about the Plan, contact Lacey Charboneau at laceyc@aaawm.org or 616.222.7015.

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Johnson Center for Philanthropy Final Report

5/9/2017 1:43pm

The Older Americans Act requires every Agency on Aging to conduct a needs assessment every three years to ensure the provision of funding and services are meeting the needs of the target population. 

In the spring of 2016, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute (CRI) at Grand Valley State University conducted a community needs assessment on behalf of AAAWM. The purpose of this assessment is to help the agency better plan and align program and services to alleviate poverty, promote well-being, and enhance self-sufficiency for older adults within their service areas. The results of the needs assessment are available to view in the final report. 

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Press Release: Public Hearing Announcement

5/9/2017 11:54am

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking comment on its Draft Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for fiscal year 2018. 

“The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan values the feedback of those who reside in our nine county service region.  We encourage the public to attend this hearing and share ideas, comments and ask questions,” says Lacey Charboneau, AAAWM Advocacy Coordinator and Planner.

Interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed plan at a public hearing, which will be conducted at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan’s office on:

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 1pm

AAAWM Office

3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE

Grand Rapids, MI  49525-700

Phone:  616-456-5664 or 888-456-5664

As part of AAAWM’s Draft Annual Implementation Plan for fiscal year 2018, the agency will address healthy aging, access to dental care, person-centered planning, elder abuse prevention, creating innovative programs to reach older adults at all stages of aging, support for those caring for seniors, access to services for LGBT elders, and making our communities dementia friendly. 

The Draft AIP will be available for review and/or download on the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan website on May 19, 2017.

Written comments will be accepted through June 13, 2017 by 5:00 pm. Individuals can submit comments online, through the agency’s Facebook page  by email  or by mailing their comments to 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49525.

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FY 2016 Annual Report

5/3/2017 1:35pm

Our Annual Report for 2016 is available for review. You can find the report here

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Conquering the Kitchen Returns - Cooking Course for Male Caregivers

4/25/2017 3:48pm

Our cooking course for Male Caregivers "Conquering the Kitchen" returns with a 4-session course. May 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Meal time can be very stressful for family caregivers. Conquering the Kitchen 
can reduce that stress and help male caregivers become more comfortable in the kitchen, no matter their cooking skills. Classes are small to allow for interaction with the instructor and other classmates. 

You'll learn:

•    New cooking skills or brush up on old ones
•    How to plan a menu
•    Ways to make meal time less stressful
•    How to follow a recipe
•    Locate community resources

To register call (616) 222-7007 or email staci@aaawm.org. $10 is the suggested donation and complimentary respite services can be arranged at the time of registration.  

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Upcoming Family Caregiver University Class

4/25/2017 1:00pm

On Thursday, April 27th from 1:00-3:00pm, Caregiver Resource Network's Family Caregiver University will be presenting Elder Law 101. Do you have an Advanced Directive, a Durable Medical Power of Attorney, a Will or other documents in place? Have you been putting off the conversation with loved ones because you don't know where to start? Come listen to an elder law attorney and caregiver explain what each document is, why you need them and how to get them ready for you or your loved ones.

To register email: registration@aaawm.org  or call (616) 222-7032. There is a $5 suggested donation per class. 

Check out our Spring/Summer calendar for future classes. We look forward to seeing you! 

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Annual Meeting

4/25/2017 12:24pm

Yesterday, 04/24/2017, AAAWM held its 43rd Annual Meeting. We were pleased that so many of our partners, friends, supporters and advocates could join us.  Read our annual report for Fiscal Year 2016 to learn about our services and about some of our partners.  

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