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Elder Abuse Coalition Warns of New Scam

2/19/2014 10:45am

Phony DTE workers are going door to door promising energy assistance funding if the homeowner would just provide some personal information including social security numbers.  DTE is not sending employees into the community offering such assistance.  To read more, please refer to the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition website at - http://www.protectkentseniors.org/recent-scams#s10

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Scam Alert: Home Improvement Scams

11/19/2013 10:15am

Older adults, especially those in Kent County, are being advised to be careful when working with contractors for home improvements. The Grand Rapids Police Department has received a number of phone calls concernering contractors going door to door and convincing homeowners that they need work done that may not be necessary. The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition urges seniors to pay attention to the following before having any home improvement work done

  1. Always get references from a contractor before you agree to a project
  2. Don’t agree to work “on the spot”, ask for an estimate and take time to look it over before making any decision.
  3. Never put down more than 50%
  4. Be skeptical of those who go door to door to solicit home improvement business, while they may be a legitimate company, it’s always a much safer when you initiate the call yourself
  5. Get another estimate, most companies/contractors will offer a free estimate and have them go over the estimate with you if you have any questions.

 

If feel you have been a victim of a scam artist, contact your local police immediately.

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Kent County Senior Millage Open House Recap

10/21/2013 3:00pm

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Kent County Senior Millage Open House on Friday October 18, 2013. The event was a huge success, due to the Advocates for Senior Issues, Kent County Senior Millage Providers and many volunteers. Attendance for the event was estimated at around 300 people. View pictures from the event at our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging).

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Kent County Senior Millage Open House

10/1/2013 2:50pm

On Friday, October 18, the Kent County Senior Millage Open House will take place at Kentwood Christian Church (5841 Kalamazoo Ave SE). Provided in collaboration with the Advocates for Senior Issues, the open house will allow guests to visit booths of all 31 Senior Millage providers to find out more information and ask questions.

The Advocates for Senior Issues is also opening their monthly meeting up to the general public, allowing guests to hear more information on the Millage as well as a presentation from Bob Fox, Michigan Senior Advocates Council.

The Advocates meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs through 11:00 a.m. and the Kent County Senior Millage Open House will last from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The community is welcome to attend both or just stop by for one or the other.  Light lunch and door prizes will be provided during the Millage Open House.

Click here to view and print the Open House flyer

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Kent County Senior Millage Flu Shots

8/27/2013 1:40am

The Kent County Senior Millage is again funding flu shots for Kent County Residents age 60 to 64. AngelCare Home Care will be providing shots at a number of locations throughout West Michigan, including multiple Senior Neighbors senior centers, starting on September 16. Click here to see locations, dates and times. For more information on the flu shot clinics, contact AngelCare Home Care (phone number listed below)

For more information on the Kent County Senior Millage flu shots, contact

  • AngelCare at (616) 245-8899
  • Catherine's Health Center at (616) 336-8000

 

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Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent

6/27/2013 9:20am

AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2014 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 Monday, July 29, 2013.Click here to access the Letter of Intent.

There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room C at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. 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 on the website or to provided emails.  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 9, 2013 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal.  Proposals will be due September 9, 2013.  Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 7, 8, or 9, 2013.  Please save those dates to insure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.

Continuation Funding Forms

Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms in early August.  You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.

The 2014 funding level is expected to remain unchanged from the $6.08 million allocated in 2013.

Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities.  To learn more go to providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers  and look under Resources.

 

Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your contract coordinator or Jackie O’Connor at 616.222.7002 or at Jackie@aaawm.org.

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Senior Millage 2013 Funding Process Continues

8/28/2012 2:54pm

Current service providers have received their continuation of funding forms. The forms are due to the AAAWM office by noon (12:00 p.m.) on Monday, September 10, 2012.  No exceptions.

Unfortunately the senior millage will have to take the largest cut ever sense the property values have started to decrease.  The Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC) will have to decide where a 5.1% decrease in service must occur. That equates to $321,425 less in service dollars than was allocated in 2012. Not an easy decision to make sense the number of older adults grows daily (10,000 people a day turn 60 years old) across the country.

Despite the reduction in funding the KCMRC will consider two new proposals.  One is for home chore and the other is for weatherization.  These proposals could offer an option to existing service providers of the same service.

The KCMRC will meet for their intensive week of presentations and discussions October 8 -12, 2012. Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities along with performance of current service providers. To learn more go to providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers and look under Resources.

Questions about the Funding Process can be directed to your contract coordinator or Jackie O’Connor at 616.222.7002 or at Jackie@aaawm.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kent County Senior Millage Letter of Intent No Longer Accepted

8/7/2012 11:00am

Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent were due on July 30, 2012 for the 2013 funding process.  The Kent County Millage Review Committee is reviewing the documents and will notify those who have been selected to submit a full proposal. 

Letters of Intent for will not be accepted again until July 1, 2013 for the 2014 funding process.

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Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent

6/27/2012 3:50pm

AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2013 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 Monday, July 30, 2012. Clicke here to access the Letter of Intent

There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room A at 1279 Cedar 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 10, 2012 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal.  Proposals will be due September 10, 2012.  Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 8, 9 or 10, 2012.  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 in early August.  You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.

A 3 - 4% decrease in millage funding is expected for 2013 compared to the $6.4 million allocated in 2012.

Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities.  To learn more go to providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers  and look under Resources.

 

Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your contract coordinator or Jackie O’Connor at 616.222.7002 or at Jackie@aaawm.org.

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Hearing Loss Resources

5/10/2012 9:00am

Hearing loss is something that many older adults experience. Most insurance plans do not cover the cost of hearing aids and equipment can range in cost from a couple hundred up to several thousand dollars. The price tag may prevent individuals from getting the help they need to hear, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

Katie Prins, Executive Director at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS), says advances in technology have increased the options for those who do not have the means to purchase hearing aids.

Prins recommends looking into the following products, if you are unable to afford hearing aids:

  • Pocket talkers. These are readily available and often resemble headphones and a portable speaker. The speaker portion takes sounds and feeds it through to the headphones, often allowing individuals to adjust volume as needed.
  • Amplifiers for phones and televisions. These can be connected to specific devices and increase the volume just for the item it is attached too. This can be helpful for those who have difficulty hearing the phone or television.
  • Modified smoke alarms or doorbells. Safety is a number one concern for those with hearing loss. Many safety devices (like smoke alarms) only use sound. However there are modified versions that use both light and sound to alert individuals of smoke or fire and they can be easily installed.

Hearing aids are still the most common choice for those with hearing concerns. Prins recommends that no matter how much you are spending on these devices, you should always be cautious.

Take the following steps when purchasing hearing aids:

  1. Talk with your doctor. Have a conversation with your doctor first about your hearing concerns. He can recommend you to an audiologist.
  2. Ask questions. This is new territory for many people so the terms used and the results after an audiological test may be confusing. Ask question to make sure you understand the information you are given.
  3. Do your research. Unfortunately (like with many high priced items) there are individuals and companies that have questionable sales tactics or misrepresent the truth when it comes to product features or individual needs. Doing your research (on the company and the product) before you purchase anything can help prevent you from making a costly mistake.
  4. Find out what the price includes. Some companies may offer warranties or fittings in with the cost of the hearing aid while others don’t. Being armed with this information can help you make a decision that’s best for you.
  5. Schedule an appointment with DHHS staff. DHHS staff can meet with individuals one-on-one to help determine hearing changes and identify equipment that best fits an individual’s needs.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) works with individuals of all ages to help with hearing concerns. They offer support groups and one-on-one assistance as well as classes and events for those with a hearing loss.

 “No matter the age, someone dealing with hearing loss often struggles with feelings of isolation or depression while adjusting to these changes. This can be a very difficult time and often just admitting a hearing loss can be a struggle. It is essential that friends and family members are sensitive to this and provide a supportive environment.”

The Kent County Senior Millage provides funding to DHHS for programs such as rehabilitation for activities of daily living (related to hearing loss), group education on adjusting to a hearing loss and lip reading classes. Assistance is also available to help individuals find devices, equipment and other resources to adjust to hearing loss. The services are open to Kent County residents age 60 and over. Depending on income, individuals may be asked to pay part of the cost.

For more information on services for those with hearing loss, contact Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (616) 732-7358 or www.deafhhs.org.

For more information on other services for older adults and caregivers, contact the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at (616) 456-5664, check out the rest of our website or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAging

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