Mecosta County Senior Center Earns Award
Congratulations to the Mecosta County Senior Center (one of our partner agencies) for earning first place in the Tess Canja Innovation Award given by the Silver Key Coalition. "Confronted with a 25% increase in demand for meals-on-wheels, the agency rose to the challenge, nearly doubling its budget by partnering with Meals on Wheels America." Congratulations again for everything you do to help older adults in Mecosta County.
Flu Shots Provided in Kent County
The Kent County Senior Millage will again provide funding for flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccines through both AngelCare and Catherine's Health Center for older adults in Kent County age 60 to 64 who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid funded vaccinces.
For more information contact
AngelCare at (616) 245-8899
Catherine's Health Center at (616) 336-8800
AngelCare will also be providing the following Flu Shot Clinics
Thursday, October 6
12:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Grandville Senior Neighbors (3380 Division)
Tuesday, October 11
10:30 am- Noon
Grand Rapids Senior Neighbors (333 S Division,Suite 100)
Tuesday, October 25
11:00 am -12:30 pm
Sparta Senior Neighbors (Harvest Way,100 Ida Red)
10:00 am-2:00 pm
AngelCare Home Care (2422 Burton St SE)
New Senior Scam
A new senior scam involves a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Kent County Probate Court claiming they are going to be in the area and want to stop by to talk about preparing a Will. The Kent County Probate Court is warning residents that they never send people out to do Wills or to conduct any type of investigation without a court order.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Kent County Probate Court with the scam above, please hang up immediately and contact your local law enforcement to report the incident.
As a reminder, never give out any personal information such a social security numbers, Medicare/Medicaid details, or financial accounts over the phone to someone unless you initiated the phone call.
For more on the latest senior scams and to learn more about how to protect yourself from elder abuse, visit the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition. And remember elder abuse can be financial, physical, sexual, or psychological.
Kent County Senior Millage Letter of Intent
AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2017 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 Friday, July 29, 2016. Click here to access the Letter of Intent form.
There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room A at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI. 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. 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 15, 2016 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal. Proposals will be due September 12, 2016. Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 10, 11 and 12, 2016. 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 August 15, 2016. You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.
Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities. To learn more Click here and look under Resources.
Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your Contract Coordinator or Anne Ellermets at 616.222.7014 or Anne@aaawm.org.
AAAWM Programs Receive National Awards
AAAWM has been awarded Aging Achievement Awards from N4A (Nationation Association of Area Agencies on Aging) for both the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition and Senior Dental Day! Thank you to all of those who have worked with both of these great programs and a special “thank you” to our very own Nancy Kropiewnicki who helped make these programs so helpful to our community.
Senior Odyssey of the Mind Competition April 16, 2016
The Senior Odyssey of the Mind competition, presented by Senior Neighbors, will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Kenowa Hills Middle School (3950 Hendershot Ave, NW, Grand Rapids). Senior Odyssey is a creative, educational competition which encourages older adults to use their lifelong skills and knowledge in non-traditional ways.
The fun competition encourages older adults to keep active, engaged, and to use creativity to challenge minds!
Admission to the event is free. For more information, call Julie Lake at 616-233-0283.
We Need Your Opinion
We need you! We are conducting a needs survey for older adults in our nine county region (Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Osceola) and want to hear from YOU! The survey is not just limited to older adults, but we also value the opinions from individuals who work with the senior population, have older family members or who may be providing care to elder loved ones. All those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card. Follow the link below to complete the survey. http://bit.ly/1SDckTq
Kent County Senior Millage 2016 Service List Available
The new 2016 Kent County Senior Millage services directory is now online. This year, 48 unique services will be available for Kent County residents age 60 and over. New in 2016 is the Dementia Consult program being offered by the Alzheimer's Association. Click here for more information on the Kent County Senior Millage, including the full list of services.
The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition is warning seniors and caregivers about several scams this holiday season. More details on each scam below and, as always, contact your local law enforcement right away if you feel you have been the victim of these, or any, scams or fraudulent activity.
Door to Door Gift Basket Scam
Be careful when opening the door for those holiday packages. Some people are going door-to-door with gift baskets or calling ahead of time to warn of a special holiday delivery. The catch, they telling people they need to scan their credit card and/or driver’s license for either a “verification fee” or to prove they are over 21 (if there is alcohol in the basket).They pull out a hand held scanner and now they have all the information they need to make unauthorized charges or commit identity theft.
Never, of course, give your credit card or debit card information to someone at the door.
In addition to having packages stolen off your doorstep, people should also watch for fake delivery status emails that can also cause problems.
The Federal Trade Commission has warned about phone "delivery failure notification" emails that can make the rounds during the holiday season. The email might look like it’s from the U.S. Postal Service and say you missed a delivery. But the trouble is the message will include more links to click for details. And here's where you'd end up with a virus or malware on your computer if you'd click on a link or download the attachment.
Another version of the email includes package “tracking information.” On their website, Fed Ex warns that such fraudulent emails can contain the subject lines “Shipping Conformation,” “Verify Info,” “Some important information is missing” and “Please fulfill the documents attached to verify your identity.”
Again, that phony email may have an attached file that may contain a virus or other malware.
FexEx warns that if you receive a message matching these descriptions, do not open the email or click on the attachment. Delete the email immediately or forward it to email@example.com.
Due to all of the Cyber Monday shopping and packages being delivered for Christmas, these emails may seem legitimate, but Fed Ex recommends people not click any links and instead copy the tracking number and go directly to the Fed Ex website and paste it in their “track package” section.
Consumers Energy Scam
Consumers Energy is warning customers to be cautious. They say this year alone, more than 1,000 energy scam attempts have led to $81,000 in losses. They say typically callers will contact a small business pretending to be from Consumers Energy and demand payment within an hour or two using a prepaid credit or debit card (the scam has been reported in 57 counties).
Seven Common Items in Consumers Energy Scams:
- A phone call demanding payment within a short time frame.
- Threaten service will be shut off if payment is not received.
- Insist on a specific form of payment (i.e.a pre-paid credit card).
- May seek personal or account information.
- May have an account number or what sounds like the proper bill amount.
- May "spoof" your phone, making it appear as if the call comes from Consumers Energy.
- May provide an 800 or 888 number to call that is not ours.
What You Should Know :
- Do not pay over the phone using a pre-paid credit card.
- Do not give personal information or money over the phone to anyone you do not know.
- If you receive a call and believe it may be a scam, call us immediately at 800-477-5050.
Did You Know?
- Consumers Energy employees and authorized contractors wear ID badges.
- We offer many ways to pay – by mail, in person or over a secure Internet site. Learn more at ConsumersEnergy.com/waystopay.
- We won't request personal information or insist on payment in less than 24 hours.
- We never demand payment using only a pre-paid credit card.
Michigan counties in our region with the most reports this year of phone scammers pretending to be from Consumers Energy:
- Kent: 124 calls, $7,061 paid
- Allegan: 33 calls, $1,750 paid
Source: Consumers Energy One Energy Plaza Jackson, MI 49201
For more information on senior scams and elder abuse, visit the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition at www.protectkentseniors.org
AAAWM Accepting Hearing Services Proposals for 2016
AAAWM is accepting Proposals for Hearing Services for 2016 Kent County Senior Millage funds. There is $85,000 that is available for Hearing Services, specifically in three service categories (Adaptive Equipment, Hearing Aid Assistance, and Specialized Hearing Services.) Proposals are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. The Proposal is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. Click here to access the Proposal form or click here to access general infomration about the proposal..
There will be a Proposer Workshop to answer any questions about the Proposal on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room A at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI. 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. Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Coordinators any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries.
The Proposals will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC) and the proposing organization will be required to give a short presentation to the KCMRC on January 8, 2016. If funded, services are expected to start February 1, 2016.