Annual Meeting Was a Success
Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting and Luncheon on April 27, 2015. This was our largest event yet with almost 300 people in attendance. This years topic was Advocacy in Action with keynote provided by Mary Ablan, Executive Director of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan. Thank you to Darlene Thompson for taking some wonderful photos of our event which can be viewed on our agency Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging). Videos from the Annual Meeting are posted to our YouTube page
In-home Care Programs have Openings
Have you seen our commercial on WOOD TV8 yet advertising openings for our in-home care programs? If you know someone who may benefit, please call our Information and Assistance staff at (888) 456-5664 or (616) 456-5664.
Area Agencies on Aging Association Conference
The 28th Annual Conference of the Area Agencies on Aging will take place on May 7 and 8 at the Lansing Center. This year's theme is Independence, Dignity & Joy and will feature presentations by Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and Aging and Adult Services Agency Director Kari Sederburg. Click here for more information including registration information and program details.
Better Business Bureau Hosting Shredding Event
Are you looking for a way to safely and securely destroy sensitive documents such as bank or credit card statements, old tax returns, cancelled checks, and more? Have you begun your spring cleaning or just finished doing your taxes? If so, check out the following spring shredding events hosted by the Better Business Bureau as a way to safelty dispose of sensitve documents.
SPRING SHREDDING EVENT
Friday, April 17TH
Calvary Church (707 East Beltline Ave N.E.Grand Rapids, MI 49525)
1:00 – 3:00 PM
(5 box maximum) * Document shredding only at this location – No electronics
Office Closed April 3, 2015
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michgian office will be closed tomorrow (April 3, 2015) for Good Friday. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, April 6, 2015. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Second Lunch and Learn Added!
Second lunch and learn date added due to popular demand! We are hosting another lunch and learn on April 8, 2015 at noon at our office. Space is limited and RSVP is due Friday. Click here to view the flyer with more details.
AAAWM on eightwest!
Did you see us on eightwest yesterday? We were on the show talking about our in-home care programs, which are currently accepting clients. Watch the clip below for more information and give us a call if you, or someone you know may qualify for help.
A special 'thank you' to our friends at Wood TV and eightwest for helping us spread the word about these great programs.
Grant Awarded to Address Elder Abuse
The Office of Services to the Aging has awarded Senior Neighbors a grant in the amount of $24,809 to combat elder abuse. Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan will be a co-collaborator on the six month pilot project will work to provide emergency transitional housing and counseling to seniors who are victims of elder abuse.
Join Us May 20 at the Healthy Living Lecture Series
Join us, Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center for the Free Healthy Living Lecture Series. The event is from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and features lectures by Mercy Health, and keynote by Juliet Dragos of WZZM TV-13. AAAWM will be one of the exhibitor booths and screenings, healthy snacks, and door prizes will be provided. Visit www.enjoylearning.com for more information.
How many people do you know that are struggling to stay in their own homes because they need some help with things like preparing meals, getting bathed and dressed, keeping the house clean, or managing medications? There are two programs, one called the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver and the other called Office of Services to the Aging, that are funded by the state of Michigan and provide assistance with these and other activities.
These programs are scheduled to receive the same amount of money this year as they did last year, which means they will only be able to help the same number of people. We know that there are MORE people who need services like this, so we are asking the Michigan legislature to provide more money for them. If you agree that there are many seniors that don’t get any help right now but really need meals and services in their homes, please contact your state Representative and Senator and ask them to increase funding for the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver and for the Office of Services to the Aging. The more people the legislators hear from, the greater the likelihood that they will grant our request. Every phone call, letter, email, or visit from someone supporting these programs will help.
To find out who your legislators are and how to contact them, click here: who_to_contact