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New Senior Scam

8/11/2016 2:15pm

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.

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AAAWM Accepting Proposals for Adult Day Services in Kent County

8/1/2016 8:35am

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 proposal@aaawm.org.  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.

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Kent County Senior Millage Letter of Intent

7/1/2016 9:00am

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 proposal@aaawm.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.

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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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