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FY 2018 Draft Plan Now Available

5/31/2017 11:16am

The FY 2018 Draft Plan is now available. Comments are welcome and will be accepted through June 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. through multiple channels (listed below).

The plan (click here to download the plan) includes goals and objectives defining how federal Older Americans Act and state Older Michiganian Act funds will be spent to support home and community-based services for older adults in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Montcalm, Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties.

Seniors, family members caring for an older loved one, elected officials, advocates and other interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed plan by June 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Individuals may participate by:

  • Commenting on the website (www.aaawm.org)
  • Responding on AAAWM’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging)
  • Sending a letter 3215 Eaglecrest Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

The Area Plan will be considered by the AAAWM Advisory Council at their meeting on June 5, 2017.  The AAAWM Executive Board will consider the recommendation(s) of the Advisory Council at their meeting on June 26, 2017, at which time they will make a recommendation regarding the Area Plan to the AAAWM Board of Directors.  The AAAWM Board will consider the recommendations of both bodies and any public comments on the Area Plan at their meeting on June 26, 2017. 

For additional information about the Plan, contact Lacey Charboneau at laceyc@aaawm.org or 616.222.7015.

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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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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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Seeking Comments on Annual Plan

6/1/2015 9:55am

The FY 2016 Plan Summary is now available. Comments are welcome and will be accepted through June 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. through multiple channels (listed below).

The plan (click here to download the plan) includes goals and objectives defining how federal Older Americans Act and state Older Michiganian Act funds will be spent to support home and community-based services for older adults in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Montcalm, Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties.

Seniors, family members caring for an older loved one, elected officials, advocates and other interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed plan by June 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Individuals may participate by

  • Commenting on the website (www.aaawm.org)
  • Responding on AAAWM’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging)
  • Sending a letter 3215 Eaglecrest Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525..  

The Area Plan will be considered by the AAAWM Advisory Council at their meeting on June 1, 2015.  The AAAWM Executive Board will consider the recommendation(s) of the Advisory Council at their meeting on June 22, 2015, at which time they will make a recommendation regarding the Area Plan to the AAAWM Board of Directors.  The AAAWM Board will consider the recommendations of both bodies and any public comments on the Area Plan at their meeting on June 22, 2015. 

For additional information about the Plan, contact Sandra Ghoston-Jones at aiplan@aaawm.org or 616.222.7012.

 

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Seeking Comment on Senior Services

5/6/2015 11:39am

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking public comment on its Draft Area Implementation Plan (AIP) for the Fiscal Year 2016, which runs from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. The plan includes goals and objectives defining how federal Older Americans Act and state Older Michiganian Act funds will be spent to support home and community-based services for older adults in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Montcalm, Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties.

Seniors, family members caring for an older loved one, elected officials, advocates and other interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed plan at a public hearing, which will be conducted at the AAAWM office on:

Monday, June 1, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: 616.456.5664

The hearing will include a brief overview and highlights of the Fiscal Year 2016 Draft AIP with the majority of the time allotted for public review and comment. Participants are encouraged to review the document in advance and be prepared with comments and questions. The Fiscal Year 2016 Draft AIP will be available for review and/or download on the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan website (www.aaawm.org) on May 15, 2015.

Interested parties may attend the hearing in person or may participate by

  • Commenting on the website (www.aaawm.org)
  • Responding on AAAWM’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging)
  • Sending a letter to the address above.  

Written comments may be mailed or delivered to the AAAWM office, submitted at the hearing or emailed to Sandra Ghoston-Jones, Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Contract Coordinator and Planner, at aiplan@aaawm.org. AAAWM will accept written comments through June 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm

The Area Plan will be considered by the AAAWM Advisory Council at their meeting on June 1, 2015.  The AAAWM Executive Board will consider the recommendation(s) of the Advisory Council at their meeting on June 22, 2015, at which time they will make a recommendation regarding the Area Plan to the AAAWM Board of Directors.  The AAAWM Board will consider the recommendations of both bodies and any public comments on the Area Plan at their meeting on June 22, 2015. 

For additional information about the hearing or provisions to the Plan, contact Sandra Ghoston-Jones at 616.222.7012.

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2015 Plan Now Available

8/14/2014 11:15am

The 2015 plan is now available. This plan outlines the goals and objectives for Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan for 2015. This plan is reviewed and approved by the AAAWM Advisory Council and Board of Directors. It was recently presented to the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging and was approved for implementation.  Click here to read the plan.

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Area Plan Now Available

5/3/2013 2:55pm

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is charged with developing an Area Plan on Aging for the next three years and is inviting the public to comment on the plan for fiscal years 2014-2016.

The plan includes goals, objectives and funding allocations for older adult services provided through state and federal funding.  Coverage area includes Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola counties.

Click here to view a draf copy of the plan. Public comment will be accepted electronically through June 10, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. by emailing aiplan@aaawm.org or by clicking here to complete a survey.

Public Hearing Schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mecosta County Senior Center (12954 80th Avenue, Mecosta, MI 49332)
  • Monday June 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan’s new office (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525)

The Area Plan will be considered by the AAAWM Advisory Council at their meeting following the Public Hearing.  Recommendations made will be considered by the AAAWM Board of Directors at their meeting on June 24, 2013.

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#1 Eleanor Nielsen said:

Just a comment sweeties. The date of our Board of Directors meeting should be June 24, 2013.
Hugs to all,
Eleanor
The plan looks totally complete and fabulous to me.

#2 Webmaster said:

Eleanor, thank you for catching that typo! The correct date is now listed.

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Comments Needed for Annual Plan

5/24/2012 1:30pm

The Draft FY 2013 Area Implementation Plan (AIP) is ready for public comment.   The Plan describes how federal Older Americans Act and state funds will be spent to support community-based services for older adults in Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola counties.  Older persons, service providers, elected officials, advocates, and other interested parties are invited to review and comment on the proposed Plan at a public hearing which will be conducted on:

Monday June 4, 2012
1:00 pm

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
1279 Cedar Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.456.5664

AAAWM will also accept written comments on the Draft FY 2013 AIP that are received by June 10, 2012.  Written comments may be sent to AAAWM at the above address, submitted at the hearing, or emailed to AAAWM at AIPlan@aaawm.org.

The hearing will include a brief overview and highlights of the FY 13 AIP, with the majority of the time allotted for public review and comment.   We encourage participants to come to the hearing with comments and questions.

Click here to access the Draf FY 2013 Area Implementation Plan

For additional information about the hearing, or provisions of the Plan, contact Sandra Ghoston-Jones at (616) 222-7012.  We look forward to hearing your comments on our proposed Plan to respond to the needs of older adults, adults with disabilities, and their family members residing in Region 8.

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Public Hearing Notice

5/14/2012 4:10pm

The AAAWM Public Hearing will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012 at  1:00 pm at the  Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (1279 Cedar Street NE Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503). The purpose of the hearing is to listen to public comments regarding services for older adults in west Michigan.

 

Agenda

Welcome:  Robert Sundholm, AAAWM Advisory Council Chair

Draft Plan & Hearing Process:  Sandra Ghoston-Jones, Planner

Public Comments: Robert Sundholm

  The Chair will request each member of the public to

  • (1) introduce him or herself and
  • (2) comment as they choose.

 

  Speakers are encouraged to present their opinions concisely.

  Every person will be heard once before any person is invited to comment a second time.

 

Concluding Remarks:  Advisory Council Members

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Public Hearing

5/18/2011 4:13pm

AAAWM Public Hearing, Monday June 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (1279 Cedar Street NE Grand Rapids, Michigan).

The purpose of the hearing is to listen to public comments regarding services for older adults in west Michigan. Click here to read a copy of the FY 2012 Draft Plan

*** AGENDA ***

Welcome:  Robert Sundholm, AAAWM Advisory Council Chair

Draft Plan & Hearing Process:  Sandra Ghoston-Jones, Planner

Public Comments: Robert Sundholm

  • The Chair will request each member of the public to

    • introduce him or herself and
    • comment as they choose.

  •  Speakers are encouraged to present their opinions concisely.
  •  Every person will be heard once before any person is invited to comment a second time.

 Concluding Remarks:  Advisory Council Members

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3215 Eaglecrest Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: 616-456-5664 or 888-456-5664 • Fax: 616-456-5692

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