LGBT and Aging Initiative Update
Read the latest about the LGBT and Aging Initiative This initiative is funded by a two-year grant through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The objective of the grant is to improve care for LGBT older adults and to help reduce social isolation.To help achieve this, AAAWM is working to create a resource guide which includes organizations who have policies or written statements stating that they will not discriminate against LGBT older adults that they work with. Click here for more information.
Kent County Senior Millage 2018 Service Directory
If you are a Kent County resident, age 60+ there are over 50 unique services available to help you stay in your home and in your community as you age. For an updated list of services for 2018, click here. If you would like more information on accessing services for yourself or a loved one, contact us: (616) 456-5664 | email@example.com.
2017 Kent County Senior Services
Our 2018 Kent County Senior Services directory will be released soon, until then the 2017 Kent County Senior Services directory is available here.
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