Dementia Friendly Grand Rapids Host Pep Rally to Raise Awareness and Funds
Dementia Friendly Grand Rapids, a program of the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, hosted a pep rally on October 26th to educate attendees and raise funds for future efforts.
The Pep Rally was held at The Dominican Center at Marywood (2015 Fulton St. East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503).
Flu Shots Provided in Kent County
The Kent County Senior Millage will again provide funding for flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccines through both AngelCare and Catherine's Health Center for older adults in Kent County age 60 to 64 who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid funded vaccinces.
For more information contact
AngelCare at (616) 245-8899
Catherine's Health Center at (616) 336-8800
AngelCare will also be providing the following Flu Shot Clinics
Thursday, October 6
12:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Grandville Senior Neighbors (3380 Division)
Tuesday, October 11
10:30 am- Noon
Grand Rapids Senior Neighbors (333 S Division,Suite 100)
Tuesday, October 25
11:00 am -12:30 pm
Sparta Senior Neighbors (Harvest Way,100 Ida Red)
10:00 am-2:00 pm
AngelCare Home Care (2422 Burton St SE)
Consumers Energy Warns About Prepaid Credit Card Phone Scam
Consumers Energy is warning people about a scam that tries to get people to pay for their utility bills over the phone using a prepaid credit card. Consumers Energy has received almost 1,000 complaints regarding this scam with a total of 46 people making "payments" to the tune of $58,000.
Callers threaten to shut off service if immediate payment for residential or commercial services is not made on accounts using a Green Dot or other prepaid credit card.
Consumers Energy wants people to know that they never demand payment using only pre-paid credit cards and urge customers to never be coerced into paying an energy bill over the phone. They also warn customers not to give out personal information to people they don't know.
If you think you have been a victim of this scam, contact your local law enforcement.
For more information on elder abuse, including financial abuse, and how to prevent it, visit www.protectkentseniors.org
Office Closed for Labor Day
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan office will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day. Our office will resume normal business hours (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
New Senior Scam
A new senior scam involves a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Kent County Probate Court claiming they are going to be in the area and want to stop by to talk about preparing a Will. The Kent County Probate Court is warning residents that they never send people out to do Wills or to conduct any type of investigation without a court order.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Kent County Probate Court with the scam above, please hang up immediately and contact your local law enforcement to report the incident.
As a reminder, never give out any personal information such a social security numbers, Medicare/Medicaid details, or financial accounts over the phone to someone unless you initiated the phone call.
For more on the latest senior scams and to learn more about how to protect yourself from elder abuse, visit the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition. And remember elder abuse can be financial, physical, sexual, or psychological.
AAAWM Accepting Proposals for Adult Day Services in Kent County
Starting August 1, 2016, AAAWM is accepting Proposals for Adult Day Services in Kent County for 2017-2019 Older Americans Act funds. The proposal is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Click here to access the proposal. There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the proposal on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in AAAWM Conference Room C at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI. 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. For more information on the proposal, click here.
Kent County Senior Millage Letter of Intent
AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2017 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 29, 2016. 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 13, 2016 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will not be answered outside this meeting; however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared. 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 15, 2016 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal. Proposals will be due September 12, 2016. Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 10, 11 and 12, 2016. Please save those dates to ensure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.
Continuation Funding Forms
Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms August 15, 2016. You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.
Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities. To learn more Click here and look under Resources.
Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your Contract Coordinator or Anne Ellermets at 616.222.7014 or Anne@aaawm.org.
Conquering the Kitchen Has Openings for Male Caregivers
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 email@example.com with any questions.
Office Closed July 4, 2016
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!
Public Comment Needed!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.