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The Art of Caregiving

10/21/2010 2:30am

The Art of Caregiving is an event on November 8, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to assist caregivers. Demonstrations on a variety of topics will be held throughout the event.

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Flu Shots for Kent County Residents

9/7/2010 2:30pm

The schedule for flu shots is now available, with the first location on September 30. For more information, look in the calendar section or open the “2010_flu_shot_schedule” in the right hand column.

Flu shots are available for Kent County residents 60-64 who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid funded vaccinations.

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#1 Gayle Fisk said:

What about flu shots for the wife of a disabled person, whom , I , have mo medical coverage at all??? I need one but can't afford it. I got one last year at the 14 mile road health clinic in Rockford at no cost, and now they say they aren't doing that free anymore. Help

#2 Webmaster said:

Gayle, thank you for the inquiry. I have sent this information to you privately as well, but I would recommend contacting Catherine's Health Center. Their phone number is 616-336-8800 and they are located at 224 Carrier NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

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Fall Prevention Awareness Activities

9/2/2010 9:00am

September 23 is Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Some AAAWM providers are planning special events and activities to encourage older adults to prevent falls and increase physical activity.

For more information on Fall Prevention events, click on the “Fall Prevention Calendar” document in the right hand column.

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#1 Beth said:

Is there a place where I can get a flu shot free or at a reduced cost?

#2 Webmaster said:

Flu shots are being provided for Kent County residents age 60-64 who are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. AngelCare Home Health Care and Catherine’s Health Center are providing this service. You can contact them directly at the numbers below. We will also be posting information soon on the locations where AngelCare will be providing flu shots.

AngelCare Home Health Care 245-8899
Catherine’s Health Center 336-8800

#3 Tina Johnson said:

Seniors prescribed multiple medications are at risk for hip fractures due to the side effects of multiple medications.

#4 webmaster said:

One of the ways to prevent falls is to talk with your doctor about what medications you are taking and possible side effects.

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Military Veterans Needed!

8/25/2010 4:10pm

Are you a Military Veteran providing care for someone?  Are your worried about your parent, spouse’s, or adult child’s memory?  We are looking for Military Veterans caring for someone with dementia to attend free trainings starting October 5, 2010

Caregivers will learn ways to manage behaviors, improve caregiving skills, handle everyday activities more easily and take care of yourself to better care for your loved one. Caregiver resources and the effects of Dementia will also be addressed.

Trainings are held once a week from 11:30-3:00 for 5 weeks at Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (1279 Cedar NE, Grand Rapids, MI 40503). The class is free, but you must register at registration@aaawm.org. Lunch is provided and free respite can be arranged during the training hours.

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#1 Tina Johnson said:

Seniors who take multiple medications are at risk for developing cognitive impairment. Seniors should have their medications reviewed monthly by a licensed pharmacist to discuss any potential side effects that could cause cognitive impairment.

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Senior Advocacy in Action Alert

8/18/2010 3:20pm

Funding for two critical senior programs is being deliberated right now in a joint House-Senate Conference Committee. The Legislature is expected to finish work on the 2011 budget this month, and we are asking everyone to make a last push to inform legislators how crucial this funding is.

 

What you can do:

Contact these members of the Conference Committee and thank them for their past support. Ask them to approve $196 million for MI Choice in 2011, and to STOP any further cuts to the Office of Services to the Aging. 

 

Background:

  • MI Choice Waiver is a Medicaid program that provides a variety of services in a person’s home that are similar to those provided in a nursing home, at a fraction of the cost. MI Choice is for the most financially needy clients.  The program has been proven to save the state millions of dollars annually, and keeps seniors where they want to be – at home. Unfortunately, any program not mandated, like MI Choice, is in jeopardy.
  • Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) funding also provides programs to help keep seniors living independently. The programs are very similar to MI Choice, but serve seniors who are not quite at poverty level. OSA funding has already been cut by $7 million this year – an 18% loss in one year.  The Governor’s budget recommendations for FY 2011 include more cuts in OSA services, totaling 26%.  The cuts would reduce in-home services, home-delivered meals, care management, volunteer programs, caregiver supports and others. Without these services and the ability to stay in their own homes, seniors spend down their assets and go on Medicaid to pay for a nursing home bed at a huge increase in cost to the state.
 

Committee Members:

Please call or email these conference committee members as soon as possible!

 

Talking points:

MI Choice:
  • MI Choice is cost-effective, costing $39/day compared with $160/day for nursing home care.
  • There are 7,000 people on the MI Choice waiting list statewide.  These individuals are in serious jeopardy for institutionalization, at a much greater cost to the state.
  • Thanks to MI Choice and other home care programs, nursing home expenditures dropped in Michigan for the first time in history from 2007-2009.
 
Office of Services to the Aging:
  • OSA services prevent seniors from going into nursing homes, spending down their assets, and then going on Medicaid.
  • Last year, $4 million in OSA services saved Medicaid $140 million
  • There are 4,400 on waiting lists for OSA services like meals and home care.

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Caregivers Needed

8/9/2010 1:00pm

Are you providing care for a Military Veteran? Are you worried about your parent or your spouse’s memory? We are looking for individuals who are caring for a Military Veteran with dementia to attend free trainings starting August 19th.

Caregivers will learn ways to manage behaviors, improve caregiving skills, handle everyday activities more easily and take care of yourself to better care for your loved one. Caregiver resources and the effects of Dementia will also be addressed.

Trainings are held once a week from 11:30-3:00 for 5 weeks at Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (1279 Cedar NE, Grand Rapids, MI 40503). The class is free, but you must register at registration@aaawm.org. Lunch is provided and free respite can be arranged during the training hours.

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Kent County Senior Millage Letter of Intent for Funding

7/1/2010 10:00am

The 2015 Kent County Senior Millage Letter of Intent will be available on July 1, 2014.  This form must be completed if an agency wants to apply for funding to provide services to older adults in Kent County. It is due to the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) by 12:00 noon on Monday, July 28, 2014.

Once the Letters of Intent are submitted, the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC) will determine which agencies and services will continue to the next step in the funding process.

The Letter of Intent will be posted in the right column under "attached files.

A meeting to discuss the Letter of Intent will be on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference rooms A&B . AAAWM is located at 3215 EagleCarest Drive NE, Grand Rapids 49525.

Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to proposal@aaawm.org. 

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We are now on Facebook

6/30/2010 3:00pm

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is now on Facebook! Find us on Facebook and invite your friends to discover more about older adults in our region.

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Senior Advocacy in Action Alert

6/16/2010 3:45pm

Ask legislators to fund OSA services for 2011 at the same level as 2010 and to support the Senate version of the MI Choice budget for 2011.

We need your help! The Conference Committee making the final decisions on the Department of Community Health budget (SB 1152) has begun deliberations. The Committee members will decide on funding for two critical areas for seniors – MI Choice and Office of Services to the Aging. Please contact them to preserve funding for senior services.

 

Background: 

Support for the Senate version of the MI Choice budget for 2011: The MI Choice Medicaid Waiver program provides home care services to people in lieu of nursing home placement at less than a third of the cost. As a result of MI Choice and other home care programs such as those provided through the Office of Services to the Aging, nursing home expenditures declined last year for the second year in a row. Savings to the state in 2009 are estimated at $30-$40 million, and because of this proven savings, the Senate has recommended increasing the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver budget to $196 million for the 2011 budget year.

Fund OSA services for 2011 at the same level as 2010:  Within the past year, programs funded by the Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) have been cut by $7 million – an 18% loss. The Senate is considering another cut of 8% for 2011, an aggregate cut of 26%. Totaling $2.3 million, the cuts would reduce in-home services, home-delivered meals, care management, volunteer programs, caregiver supports and other programs that help keep seniors living independently.  Last year, $4 million in OSA services saved Medicaid $140 million! We are not asking for an increase, just no further cuts.

 

Following are the legislators on the Conference Committee making the final decisions on the Department of Community Health budget (SB 1152), including OSA and MI Choice.

Chair:  Senator Roger Kahn  

senrkahn@senate.michigan.gov  517-  373-1760

Sen John Pappageorge 

senjpappageorge@sentate.michigan.gov 517-373-7350

Sen Deb Cherry 

sendcherry@senate.mi.gov  517-373-1637

Rep Gary McDowell  

garymcdowell@house.mi.gov 517-373-2629

Rep George Cushingberry

georgecushingberry@house.mi.gov  517-373-2276

Rep Kevin Green

kevingreen@house.mi.gov 517-373-2277

It is always helpful to also contact your own legislators, as well as the Senate and House leadership:

Sen Mike Bishop, Majority Leader, senmbishop@senate.michigan.gov 517-373-2417

Sen Mike Prusi, Minority Leader, senmprusi@senate.michigan.gov 517-373-7840

Rep Andy Dillon, Speaker of the House, andydillon@house.mi.gov 517-373-0857

Rep Kevin Elsenheimer, Minority Leader, kevinelsenheimer@house.mi.gov 517-373-0829

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Elder Abuse Awareness Seminar

5/27/2010 1:50pm

Please join us on June 15 from 12:00 p.m. untill 1:00 p.m. at the Kent County Courthouse (180 Ottawa NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503) to become more informed on Elder Abuse reporting, prosecution, and the proactive efforts for change.

 
Speakers include:

Chris Becker, Kent County Assistant Prosecutor
Vicki Pickel, Kent County Program Manager, Adult Protective Services
James Emmert,  Advocate for Senior Issues, Chairperson of the Elder Abuse Strategy Group

*Bring your own lunch. A light snack and drink will be provided* 

RSVP by June 10th by emailing your name and date of seminar to Registration@aaawm.org or call James Emmert at 648-6097

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