Caregiver Resource Network Family Caregiver Series:
The Caregiver Resource Network is hosting three events in November for family caregivers. All events will take place at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525).
Event Topics and Dates:
Relax, Indulge and be Pampered
Friday, November 8, 2013 – 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
I’m too Young to have Alzheimer’s
Friday, November 15, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Starting the Conversation
Friday, November 22, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Click here for more information, including registration information.
Kent County Senior Millage Open House Recap
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Kent County Senior Millage Open House on Friday October 18, 2013. The event was a huge success, due to the Advocates for Senior Issues, Kent County Senior Millage Providers and many volunteers. Attendance for the event was estimated at around 300 people. View pictures from the event at our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging).
Kent County Senior Millage Open House
On Friday, October 18, the Kent County Senior Millage Open House will take place at Kentwood Christian Church (5841 Kalamazoo Ave SE). Provided in collaboration with the Advocates for Senior Issues, the open house will allow guests to visit booths of all 31 Senior Millage providers to find out more information and ask questions.
The Advocates for Senior Issues is also opening their monthly meeting up to the general public, allowing guests to hear more information on the Millage as well as a presentation from Bob Fox, Michigan Senior Advocates Council.
The Advocates meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs through 11:00 a.m. and the Kent County Senior Millage Open House will last from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The community is welcome to attend both or just stop by for one or the other. Light lunch and door prizes will be provided during the Millage Open House.
Click here to view and print the Open House flyer
A Matter of Balance Master Trainer Session
The MaineHealth Partnership for Healthy Aging will be hosting A Matter of Balance Master Trainer Session at AAAWM’s office (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525) November 6-7, 2013.
The Master Trainer Session teaches individuals to go back to their own communities prepared to recruit and train volunteers to lead A Matter of Balance classes, coordinate the program in their community and evaluate outcomes.
Click here for more information, or to find out about registration. Space is limited, so please call (207) 661-7120 to check for availability.
Kent County Senior Millage Flu Shots
The Kent County Senior Millage is again funding flu shots for Kent County Residents age 60 to 64. AngelCare Home Care will be providing shots at a number of locations throughout West Michigan, including multiple Senior Neighbors senior centers, starting on September 16. Click here to see locations, dates and times. For more information on the flu shot clinics, contact AngelCare Home Care (phone number listed below)
For more information on the Kent County Senior Millage flu shots, contact
- AngelCare at (616) 245-8899
- Catherine's Health Center at (616) 336-8000
AAAWM Using Reserves for Services
During this time of budget cuts from both the federal and state funding, AAAWM is using reserves to maintain current service levels.
“AAAWM has a history of being fiscally responsible and that has included reserves to help weather unforeseen expenses,” says Tom Czerwinski, AAAWM Executive Director. “Agency leadership and our Board of Directors
feel strongly that we are in the position to use some of these reserves to help offset cuts to the Older Americans Act programs.”
In 2013, $147,700 will be used.
Looking for Organizations and Volunteers!
Are you a good communicator? Do you have a passion for older adults? The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan needs you! Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is looking for volunteer leaders for two healthy aging programs throughout West Michigan. Each program is designed specifically for older adults and is fun and engaging with proven results. A Matter of Balance focuses on fall prevention while Healthy Eating targets nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle changes.
Trainings are complimentary and will be held in July and August. There are still spaces available, but they are filling up fast. If you have a passion for older adults, read more to find out if this is the right volunteer opportunity for you! If you represent a community-based group that works with older adults, read more to find out how you can offer these classes to the seniors you serve!
A Matter of Balance:
A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce a fear of falling and increase physical activity levels. Often when individuals are afraid that they will fall, they stop being active which actually puts them at a greater risk for falls because their muscles and joints are stiff and have become weak. Each Matter of Balance sessions includes eight classes. The two hour interactive class includes group discussion, problem solving, videos and gentle physical exercise.
Who Would Make a Good A Matter of Balance Coach?
A great A Matter of Balance coach must have good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead a small group of older adults. They also need to be able to lead low to moderate exercise (the exercises used are taught to coaches during training). Volunteers do not need to be healthcare professionals; in fact lay leaders are preferred for this program.
Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults (Healthy Eating) is a program for older adults who want to learn more about how nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle changes can lead to better health. Healthy Eating sessions include six classes. The classes last two and a half hours and are very hands-on. Seniors learn to improve or maintain their wellness, with focus on the USDA MyPlate food guide. Also included is how to read labels, grocery shop and cook together to prepare nutritious meals that focus on heart and bone health.
Who Would Make a Good Healthy Eating Coach?
A great Healthy Eating coach must have good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead a small group of older adults. A Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist is utilized as a resource to answer specific questions (as needed) so volunteers do not need to hold those credentials themselves.
Think this is the right volunteer opportunity for you? All interested individuals (and organizations) must register for participation in the complimentary trainings. The Matter of Balance training will take place July 29-30 and the Healthy Eating training will be August 13-14. Both will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525)
How to Register:
If you think you, or your organization, would be a good fit for A Matter of Balance or Healthy Eating, contact Barbara Nelson-Jandernoa at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at (616) 222-7011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Space Available
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan has approximately 4,000 Square feet of office space available at 3215 Eaglecrest Dr. NE. Space is on the main floor with lots of windows. Close to expressway, shops, and restaurants. Contact Tom at 616-222-7001 for more information.
Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent
AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2014 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 Monday, July 29, 2013.Click here to access the Letter of Intent.
There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room C at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to email@example.com. Questions will not be answered outside this meeting, however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared on the website or to provided emails. Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Coordinators 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 9, 2013 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal. Proposals will be due September 9, 2013. Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 7, 8, or 9, 2013. Please save those dates to insure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.
Continuation Funding Forms
Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms in early August. You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.
The 2014 funding level is expected to remain unchanged from the $6.08 million allocated in 2013.
Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities. To learn more go to providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers and look under Resources.
Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your contract coordinator or Jackie O’Connor at 616.222.7002 or at Jackie@aaawm.org.
Senior of the Year Awarded to James White
Please join us in congratulating Commissioner James White on receiving the Senior Citizen of the Year award from the Office of Services to the Aging. Commissioner White, an AAAWM Board Member and longtime community leader, has been volunteering his time and talents throughout West Michigan for over 40 years. He was honored at Older Michiganians Day in Lansing on June 4, 2013. The event was attended by 800 older adult advocates, including 40 from our region. Congratulations Commissioner and thank you for your service to older adults and to the entire West Michigan community!