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Conquering the Kitchen Has Openings for Male Caregivers

6/30/2016 3:50pm

Conquering the Kitchen has openings for a class starting Thursday, July 14! The class is hands-on and teaches basic cooking skills, as well as, menu planning and how to navigate the grocery store. Lunch is provided.

Although the class was designed for male caregivers, it is also a great fit for any man who simply want to brush up on their cooking skills. The class is 4 weeks – July 14, 21, 28, and August 4 from 11:00-1:30.

For more information, visit www.aaawm.org/caregivercooking or email staci@aaawm.org with any questions.

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Office Closed July 4, 2016

6/30/2016 2:20pm

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan office will be closed on Monday July 4, 2016. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday July 5, 2016. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Public Comment Needed!

6/1/2016 12:30pm

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking public comment on eight key areas that the agency will focus on over the next three years. As part of AAAWM’s Draft Multi-Year Implementation Plan for fiscal year 2017-2019, 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.

These are big goals and AAAWM has outlined ways to meet these goals in the full plan (available here).For example, when it comes to elder abuse prevention, AAAWM will continue to work with the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition to provide education and trainings on elder abuse as well as provide input on current elder abuse cases. When it comes to addressing access to services for LGBT elders, AAAWM will continue to meet with agencies that serve LGBT seniors to inform them of available services, educate current providers about any specific needs that may relate to this community, and work to ensure all service partners are welcoming to all potential clients regardless of sexual orientation.

“We are asking the public for their comments and questions as they relate to these eight key areas identified as AAAWM’s goals for the next three years,” says Sandra Ghoston -Jones, AAAWM Contract Coordinator and Planner. “We value the feedback of those who live in our nine county region, and hope that people will send in their comments and questions on any of the topics identified in which  they have an interest.”

Written comments will be accepted through June 13, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. Individuals can submit comments below, through the agency’s Facebook page, by email (aiplan@aaawm.org) or by mailing their comment to 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

A public hearing will be also held on June 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the AAAWM office (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546). The hearing will include a brief overview and highlights from the Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MYP) with the majority of time allotted for public comment.

To view a copy of the MYP, please click here.

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan serves older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola counties.  For more information on the plan, or other services to older adult, please contact Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at (616) 456-5664.

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AAAWM Office Closed for Memorial Day

5/26/2016 3:40pm

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan office will be closed on Monday May 30, 2016 for Memorial Day and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

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Annual Plan Available- Public Comment Wanted

5/5/2016 4:00pm

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking public comment on eight key areas that the agency will focus on over the next three years. As part of AAAWM’s Draft Multi-Year Implementation Plan for fiscal year 2017-2019, 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.

These are big goals and AAAWM has outlined ways to meet these goals in the full plan (available here).For example, when it comes to elder abuse prevention, AAAWM will continue to work with the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition to provide education and trainings on elder abuse as well as provide input on current elder abuse cases. When it comes to addressing access to services for LGBT elders, AAAWM will continue to meet with agencies that serve LGBT seniors to inform them of available services, educate current providers about any specific needs that may relate to this community, and work to ensure all service partners are welcoming to all potential clients regardless of sexual orientation.

“We are asking the public for their comments and questions as they relate to these eight key areas identified as AAAWM’s goals for the next three years,” says Sandra Ghoston -Jones, AAAWM Contract Coordinator and Planner. “We value the feedback of those who live in our nine county region, and hope that people will send in their comments and questions on any of the topics identified in which  they have an interest.”

Written comments will be accepted through June 13, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. Individuals can submit comments below in the comments section, through the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging) by email (aiplan@aaawm.org) or by mailing their comment to 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

A public hearing will be also held on June 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the AAAWM office (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546). The hearing will include a brief overview and highlights from the Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MYP) with the majority of time allotted for public comment.

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AAAWM Programs Receive National Awards

5/5/2016 9:20am

AAAWM has been awarded Aging Achievement Awards from N4A (Nationation Association of Area Agencies on Aging) for both the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition and Senior Dental Day! Thank you to all of those who have worked with both of these great programs and a special “thank you” to our very own Nancy Kropiewnicki who helped make these programs so helpful to our community.

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AAAWM to Exhibit at Healthy Living Lecture Series

4/28/2016 8:15am

AAAWM will have a booth at the Healthy Living Lecture Series May 25 from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. The event will feature lectures by Mercy Health, keynote by Tom Rademacher, exhibitor booths (including AAAWM), screenings, snacks, and door prizes. For more information on this no cost event, visit enjoylearning.com. Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello!

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Senior Odyssey of the Mind Competition April 16, 2016

4/11/2016 3:00pm

The Senior Odyssey of the Mind competition, presented by Senior Neighbors, will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Kenowa Hills Middle School (3950 Hendershot Ave, NW, Grand Rapids). Senior Odyssey is a creative, educational competition which encourages older adults to use their lifelong skills and knowledge in non-traditional ways.

The fun competition encourages older adults to keep active, engaged, and to use creativity to challenge minds! 

Admission to the event is free. For more information, call Julie Lake at 616-233-0283.

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Free Shredding Event April 15, 2016

4/4/2016 9:25am

Protect yourself from identity theft by participating in Secure Your ID Shred Day. This is a FREE event offered on April 15, 2016 by the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan. Secure Your ID Shred Day will allow people to safely and securely shred personal documents such as old credit card bills, tax returns, financial statements, insurance documents, and more.

The Better Business Bureau shredding event will take place at Holy Spirit School, 2222 Lake Michigan Dr., NW, Grand Rapids 49504 and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (there is a five box limit per individual).

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#1 Jean Matyczyn said:

WHen will your next shredding event be"?

#2 webmaster said:

Jean, thank you for your comment. These events are put on by the Better Business Bureau and would recommend you contact them directly. Their website is www.bbb.org/western-michigan and their phone number is (616) 774-8236.

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Area Agencies on Aging Association Conference May 19- 20

4/1/2016 9:00am

The Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan is presenting their 29th Annual Conference in East Lansing, Michigan on May 19 and 20, 2016 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conferencing Center. This year’s conference theme will be “Creating the Future of Aging”.

The conference begins Thursday, May 19 at 8:00 a.m. with registration, exhibits, and a continental breakfast. The 9:00 a.m. keynote presentation “An Update from the Department of Health and Human Services” will be followed by workshops and a 12:30 luncheon presentation on “The Future of Aging”. The opening session on Friday morning will be “The View From DC” by policy expert and lobbyist Amy Gotwals, MLA.

For more information on the conference, including registration, and breakout session topics go to www.mi-seniors.net/annual_conference.html. The deadline is April 19, 2016 for early bird registration.

Continuing Education Credits are available for keynote presentations and workshops from the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative, the State of Michigan for Nursing Home Administrations, and the Ohio Nurses Association. For more information, contact Mary Ablan at ablan@iserv.net

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