Are you eligible for a nursing home, but would rather live in your own home?

MI Choice Waiver Program may be your option to continue living independently.

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If you're looking to find out what services are available to you in order to remain in your home, Care Management is the place to start. 

Our Care Management team will come to your home, discuss your needs, perform an assessment and develop a plan that works for you. 

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Start where you are! Use what you have! Do what you can!

We offer A Matter of Balance, EnhanceFitness, Tai Chi, Zumba Gold, and Yoga to help increase strength, gain endurance, prevent falls, improve balance, and HAVE FUN!

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Are you caring for a loved one? We have programs and resources available to support you on your caregiving journey.

Learn about options like in-home care, respite certificates, and programs designed to support caregivers like yourself.

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News & Media

Age Your Way: Dementia Support

We're back with another Age Your Way video! Caregiving for a loved one with dementia can be an overwhelming experience at times. Dementia Friends Program Coordinator, Brandon Beck, talks us through his three-step approach to help make caring for a loved one more manageable.

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan joins the Hispanic community in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15 to October 15.

Romance Scams: Exploiting Hearts and Finances of Seniors

Romance scams represent a disturbing blend of emotional manipulation and financial exploitation, specifically targeting seniors who may be seeking companionship, connection, and intimacy in their later years. These scams capitalize on the vulnerability and trust of older adults, often leaving victims devastated emotionally and financially. Understanding the mechanics of romance scams and the factors that render seniors susceptible is crucial to raising awareness and preventing these heart-wrenching incidents.

Over $15 Million In Funding Set to Positively Impact Older Adults Through the Kent County Senior Millage

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is pleased to announce the Kent County Senior Millage (KCSM) for the 2024 fiscal year was approved by the Kent County Board of Commissioners at its September 14, 2023 meeting. In total, more than $15 million will be distributed to 32 agency partnerships and 48 unique services, all coming together to provide resources for older adults to continue living independent lives.

Summer Heat Safety

We're facing extreme temperatures this summer. This heat can especially impact older adults, here are a few resources.

3 Steps To Create a Dementia Care Plan

Caregiving for a loved one with dementia can be an overwhelming experience at times. Depending on the progression of the disease, the simplest tasks can often feel impossible – taking a shower, picking up a few items from the grocery store, keeping an appointment. Asking for help from family and friends seems like too much and accepting offers of help can feel difficult to navigate, where do you even start?

Age Your Way- February 2023: How does funding work?

Our February Age Your Video is out now! AAAWM Executive Director, Kendrick Heinlein, joins Liz to discuss our various funding streams and our role in the administration of these programs that go to support seniors, persons with a disability, and their caregivers.

Age Your Way- January 2023: What is an Area Agency on Aging?

Introducing our new Age Your Way Video Series! We're excited to bring you a short video each month that covers services and supports to help you age with independence and dignity. This month's video covers this question "What is the Area Agency on Aging and how can it help?". Give the video a watch above to hear from Liz Barnett, our Outreach Specialist, and a special guest.