Kent County Senior Millage Renewal
The Kent County Senior Millage will be on the ballot on August 5, 2014. Click on the infographic for more information on how the Millage is benefiting the community and what a 'yes' vote will mean for seniors in Kent County.
New Phone Scam
A phone scam that is using the Grand Rapids City Police name has been reported in the East Precinct of Grand Rapids. The scam phone call begins with a man identifying himself as a sheriff deputy or police officer. He informs the potential victim that there is a warrant for his / her arrest for failure to show for jury duty. He says the fines can be reduced if paid immediately. He instructs the potential victim to obtain a "Green Dot" credit card right away then go to the Sheriff's office to pay the fine. He will make every attempt to obtain personal credit information from the person. If the scammer is successful in obtaining this personal information, he will likely steal the identity and commit financial fraud.
The Kent County Sheriff's Office wants the public to know that they never work this way. They would never ask anyone to obtain a "Green Dot" card to pay fines. They would never suggest that fines could be reduced if the person "pays immediately".
They want the public to know that these scam artists are very convincing and often times already have some personal information about the potential victim. They encourage us all to not be fooled and to hang up immediately. They also encourage these incidents to be reported right away to your local law enforcement agency.
For more information on elder abuse prevention and education, visit www.protectkentseniors.org
*article provided by the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition
The Kent County Senior Millage: Aging with Dignity
If you could age anywhere, where would it be? Would you opt for a warmer climate? Live with family? Move into a facility? According to multiple studies, over 90% of seniors want to age in their own homes instead of going into a nursing home. For those that live in Kent County, the Kent County Senior Millage (KCSM) may be able to make that possible.
The goal of the KCSM is to help Kent County residents age 60 and over stay in their own homes instead of going into a nursing home. In 2014, the KCSM will provide 45 different programs to help make aging in place a reality for older adults.
The KCSM provides a wide variety of options including in-home care, home repair, healthy aging programs, senior centers, home delivered meals and transportation. Programs either help people remain in their own homes with the care they need or help them remain active and involved in the community.
Now in its 16th year, the KCSM served over 17,000 seniors in 2013 alone. Of those served, 70% reported having low incomes and 60% reported living alone. Without the help of the KCSM, these older adults would likely end up in a nursing home.
“The Kent County Senior Millage has been a huge benefit to our community and for the dignity and independence of our seniors,” says Jackie O’Connor, Assistant Director at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, the agency that administers the KCSM.
Unfortunately, the increasing senior population and the decrease in revenue generated from the KCSM (due to reduced property tax values) and State and Federal funding has led to waiting lists for many essential programs like home delivered meals, in-home care and transportation.
On August 5, 2014 voters will be asked to renew and increase the KCSM which will cost the average homeowner an additional $13 a year (based on a $160,000 home) or $17 a year (based on a $200,000 home). This increase will help provide additional services to address the growing older adult population as well as the increased waiting lists.
To find out more information, including how to get involved, schedule a presentation to a local group, or details on the campaign, contact (616) 222-7032 or www.kentseniormillage.com.
Elder Abuse Coalition Warns of New Scam
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
Scam Alert: Home Improvement Scams
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
- Always get references from a contractor before you agree to a project
- Don’t agree to work “on the spot”, ask for an estimate and take time to look it over before making any decision.
- Never put down more than 50%
- 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
- 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.
Kent County Senior Millage Open House Recap
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).
Kent County Senior Millage Open House
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
Kent County Senior Millage Flu Shots
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
Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Senior Millage 2013 Funding Process Continues
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.