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FY 2018 Area Plan Summary Now Available

5/25/2017 10:03pm

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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Healthy Aging Open House

3/31/2017 11:09am

Join us on Tuesday, April 11th at 10:30 a.m. for our Open House! Try beginner classes: Enhance Fitness and Tai Chi for Free: Start where you are! Use what you have! Do what you can! 

Can't make our open house? You can still register for upcoming sessions. Contact us: (616) 588-2580 or HealthyAging@aaawm.org. 

It's never too late to get fit! We look forward to seeing you!

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Caregiver Resource Network Brings: 'Mindful Self-Compassion for the Caregiving Journey'

3/29/2017 1:46pm

The Caregiver Resource Network is bringing an amazing opportunity to Area Agency on Aging for all caregivers! April Hadley, MSW, from Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness will conduct this four-week class, "Mindful Self-Compassion is the practice of offering kindness to yourself in the midst of difficult experiences. It provides a foundation of emotional strength and resiliency." These classes will offer valuable support to caregivers.  

Classes will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 1:30 - 3:30p.  It is important to be able to attend all four sessions, so check your schedules before registering.A $5.00 suggested fee per class is payable at the door. Maximum class size is 20. Register soon! Call: (616) 222-7032 or Email: registration@aaawm.org. 

 

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MI Choice Medicaid Waiver Program

3/28/2017 2:30pm

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan now has open enrollment for the  MI Choice Medicaid Waiver program. Please contact us at (888) 456-5664 and ask for an Access Coordinator to learn more.

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#1 Juanita M Merritt said:

This is a wonderful program which has helped me tremendously in maintaining my daily life. I thank God for my Case Manager Tim he is a wonderful caring worker whom had your best interest at heart. Recommended to anyone who needs help

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