A Matter of Balance Coach Training - Free!
Our Healthy Aging Department will be leading a Coach Training for A Matter of Balance. This free training is being offered for partners who may want to provide this program to their older adults. A Matter of Balance requires two trained coaches lead the workshop. Coaches need not be healthcare professionals, and in fact, lay leaders are preferred.
Date: September 25 and 26, 2017 (Monday & Tuesday)
Time: 10 am – 4 pm 9/25; 9 am – 4pm 9/26
Location: Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
Lunch will be provided.
If you are interested in the free coach training, learn more here.
To register: (616) 588-2580 | JillianN@aaawm.org
Johnson Center for Philanthropy Final Report
The Older Americans Act requires every Agency on Aging to conduct a needs assessment every three years to ensure the provision of funding and services are meeting the needs of the target population.
In the spring of 2016, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute (CRI) at Grand Valley State University conducted a community needs assessment on behalf of AAAWM. The purpose of this assessment is to help the agency better plan and align program and services to alleviate poverty, promote well-being, and enhance self-sufficiency for older adults within their service areas. The results of the needs assessment are available to view in the final report.
Press Release: Public Hearing Announcement
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking comment on its Draft Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for fiscal year 2018.
“The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan values the feedback of those who reside in our nine county service region. We encourage the public to attend this hearing and share ideas, comments and ask questions,” says Lacey Charboneau, AAAWM Advocacy Coordinator and Planner.
Interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed plan at a public hearing, which will be conducted at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan’s office on:
Monday, June 5, 2017 at 1pm
3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-700
Phone: 616-456-5664 or 888-456-5664
As part of AAAWM’s Draft Annual Implementation Plan for fiscal year 2018, 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.
The Draft AIP will be available for review and/or download on the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan website on May 19, 2017.
Written comments will be accepted through June 13, 2017 by 5:00 pm. Individuals can submit comments online, through the agency’s Facebook page by email or by mailing their comments to 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.
Healthy Aging Open House
Join us on Tuesday, April 11th at 10:30 a.m. for our Open House! Try beginner classes: Enhance Fitness and Tai Chi for Free: Start where you are! Use what you have! Do what you can!
Can't make our open house? You can still register for upcoming sessions. Contact us: (616) 588-2580 or HealthyAging@aaawm.org.
It's never too late to get fit! We look forward to seeing you!
AAAWM to Exhibit at Healthy Living Lecture Series
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!
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
Area Agencies on Aging Association Conference
Save the Date for the Area Agencies on Aging of Michigan 29th Annual Conference to be held May 19-20, 2016 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conferencing Center in East Lansing.
For more information, please visit http://www.mi-seniors.net/annual_conference.html
AAAWM Looking for Volunteers
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michgian is looking for volunteers to help lead healthy aging programs. Volunteers are needed for both the Diabetes PATH and A Matter of Balance programs. No experience necessary, training provided. More information on each opportunity below.
Want to help older adults take a more active role in their health? Volunteers are needed to lead Diabetes self-management classes for older adults with Type 2 diabetes, no experience necessary. Free training provided through Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. Volunteers must attend four days of training (February 23-24 and March 1- 2 2016). Volunteers will receive a stipend of $250 per six week workshop they lead in 2016. Contact Barb at email@example.com or call (616) 222-7011
The Balance Builder
Love working with older adults? Want to help seniors prevent falls and build confidence? Volunteers are needed to lead an award winning balance program for older adults. Free training in Grand Rapids April 21-22, 2016 provided through Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. Signup: Contact Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (616) 222-7011
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.
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