Senior Odyssey of the Mind Competition April 16, 2016
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.
Free Shredding Event April 15, 2016
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).
Area Agencies on Aging Association Conference May 19- 20
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Retires, Jackie to Serve as Executive Director
Thank you to all who came out to Tom’s retirement party earlier this week. As many of you know, Tom’s last day as Executive Director at AAAWM was March 31, 2016. We wish him well in his retirement and he will be greatly missed.
Jackie O’Connor, former Assistant Director, will now serve in her new role as Executive Director. Jackie has been with AAAWM since 1984 and she will provide a continued dedication and commitment to senior issues. Please join us in welcoming her to this new role.
AAAWM Office Closed
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan office will be closed tomorrow (March 25, 2016) for Good Friday and will resume normal business hours on Monday, March 28, 2016.
Tom Czerwinski to Retire
At the end of the month Tom Czerwinski, AAAWM Executive Director for the last 21 years, will retire. Tom has been with the agency since 1979 and has dedicated his career to the purposeful enrichment of the lives of older adults and is a critical partner in ensuring that vulnerable adults have services to meet their most basic needs. For many years he has designed, administered, and advocated for aging services and inspires others to do the same. Tom has helped AAAWM build one of the strongest aging advocacy programs in the state.
Tom began working at AAAWM in 1979 and has worked in finance, nutrition, contracts, and as the Assistant Director before being promoted to the Executive Director in 1994.
Under his leadership AAAWM has added a number of new programs including the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver, Kent County Senior Millage services, Nursing Facility Transition, healthy aging programs, and much more.
Tom has been a fierce advocate for seniors and helped to establish the Advocates for Senior Issues as one of the best senior advocacy groups in the state. The group has led a number of statewide advocacy efforts for vulnerable older adults and has been involved in the Kent County Senior Millage campaigns, including recent renewal and increase efforts.
He is well respected not just in the aging network but in our region and throughout the state. Tom has distinguished himself as a lead aging professional and has strived to organize, advance, and innovate for the betterment of aging services. He has fought to increase funding for vital services such as home delivered meals, home care, and transportation. Thanks to Tom’s steadfast leadership and hard work more low-income older adults live with independence and dignity.
Please join us in wishing Tom an enjoyable retirement and thanking him for his leadership, passion for advocacy and dedication to older adults.
Older Americans Act Proposals Released
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking proposals to provide contracted services funded under the Older Americans Act in Region 8. This is a separate funding stream that provides services to clients who may not be receiving services through the MI Choice Waiver or Care Management program.
Region 8 includes the nine counties of Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola. This proposal process is for three years, Fiscal Years 2017- 2019. The funding awarded will be for the first year of the three year proposal, Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017).
The defined services that could be funded in this proposal process are:
- Adult Day Services
- Caregiver Focal Point
- Caregiver Education, Support and Training
- Congregate Meals
- Disease Prevention/Health Promotion
- Elder Abuse Prevention Education
- Grandparent Education, Support and Training
- Home Delivered Meals
- Homemaker (outside Kent Co.)
- Legal Assistance
- Long Term Care Ombudsman
- Nutrition Education
- Outreach and Assistance
- Respite (outside Kent Co.)
- Senior Center Staffing
- Transportation – Assisted and Public
- April 13, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. Proposal Workshop at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan located at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- May 2, 2016 - 12:00 p.m. Proposals Due at the AAAWM office, 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Any questions concerning the proposal process will be answered at the Proposal Workshop. Problems with the documents can be addressed to Anne Ellermets at email@example.com
Older Americans Act Proposal Process Begins March 24, 2016
The next open Older Americans Act (OAA) proposal process begins with the release of the FY 2017-2019 OAA proposal on March 24, 2016. Any agency interested in submitting a proposal for funding can contact Anne Ellermets, Director of Contract Services & Program Development at firstname.lastname@example.org before March 24, 2016. Any agency interested in being placed on the proposer list can send their information to email@example.com.
The OAA runs on a three year funding cycle. Every three years an open proposal process for OAA funding provides any incorporated entity the opportunity to submit a proposal to provide one or more of the defined fundable services. If an agency is selected, their contract will remain in effect for 3 years though funding can vary from year to year.
For more information on the funding process, visit providers/older_americans_act_providers
We Need Your Opinion
We need you! We are conducting a needs survey for older adults in our nine county region (Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Osceola) and want to hear from YOU! The survey is not just limited to older adults, but we also value the opinions from individuals who work with the senior population, have older family members or who may be providing care to elder loved ones. All those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card. Follow the link below to complete the survey. http://bit.ly/1SDckTq
Tom Czerwinski Wins Award
Please join us in congratulating Tom Czerwinski, AAAWM Executive Director, on receiving the Volunteer of the Year award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. Tom’s award acknowledges his “foundational, long standing impactful leadership of the Government Relations Committee, Board of Trustees leadership and advocacy efforts to expand home care options for people with MS throughout Michigan.” Congratulations Tom!