Navigating Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is around the corner! For many this process can be confusing and overwhelming--how do you know which option is the best fit for you?

It Starts with a Phone Call…

Our Information and Assistance Department is an essential senior resource for our nine-county region. We work to connect seniors, family caregivers, and adults with disabilities to resources that help them to live independently. Navigating the vast number of resources that exist to aid older adults is no easy task, which is why we try to streamline this process and lead you through the journey.

Caregiving in the Time of Coronavirus

If you are a family caregiver, you could be feeling overwhelmed during this time. Many of your usual forms of support that were in place to help you care for your loved one, such as respite and adult day care services, may be on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. You are also probably spending more time at home than usual as certain stay-home measures are in place, which means spending more time caregiving than you may be used to as well. These things add up, and it is possible you are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, and uncertainly. Yet it is important to remember... these feelings are normal.

A “New Normal” to Serving Older Adults

We want to be sure that all older adults are looked after and cared for during this uncertain time. With coronavirus, we have had to think outside of the box and get a little creative on how to continue to serve older adults while prioritizing their health and safety. What does this look like? Here is a little bit about what we’ve been doing at AAAWM…

Millage Minder: Rising to the Challenge

When the coronavirus pandemic began, there was, as expected, a bit of uncertainty. However, one thing remained paramount: our partners’ commitment to taking care of older adults in need. The KCSM team truly rose to the challenge, thinking outside of the box of how to get seniors the essential support they desperately required to stay healthy and well during this time. Hear from three of our #KCSM partners; Meals on Wheels Western Michigan, Moxie Life Organizing, LLC, and Senior Neighbors, as they share how they have adapted to continue to serve older adults and their family caregivers in the article here:

Guest Post: The gifts and challenges of social distancing varied by age, and stage of life

Laura Kelso, who created the Grand Rapids Savvy Senior Learning Series, shares her insights on current stay-home order..."As the weeks of social isolation dragged on, most of us have found ourselves with increased time on our hands. Time to catch up on unfinished projects, time to organize areas of our home, and above all, time to think."

An Update on Food Resources

An update on food resources for older adults in our region:

We're All in This Together.

What we’ve learned is that the best way for us to support older adults at this time is simple: we must look out for one another.

How to Support Seniors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Around our West Michigan region, extra precautions are being made to keep older adults healthy. However, as the situation is ever-changing, more and more crucial services are being paused. So, what can you do to help those at risk?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources & AAAWM Programming Updates

A few helpful resources in regards to COVID-19 and the latest updates on our programming.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources & AAAWM Programming Updates

A few helpful resources in regards to COVID-19 and the latest updates on our programming cancellations.

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Joins National Campaign to Raise Awareness of Local Home Modification Programs to Support the Changing Mobility Needs of Older Adults

Many older adults living in Kent County will likely experience changes to their mobility as they age. As a result of these changes, older adults and their caregivers will turn to local organizations for support with updating their homes to meet their evolving mobility needs, which can be a daunting process

Over $12 Million in Funding Set to Positively Impact Older Adults through the 2020 Kent County Senior Millage

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is pleased to announce the Kent County Senior Millage (KCSM) partners for 2020 with funded services amounting to $12,033,000. The KCSM has helped fund vital services for older adults in Kent County since 1999 with the goal of enabling them to stay in their homes and communities as they age.

Many Hands Make Light Work

The Many Hands program helps caregivers access the support networks they may not realize they already have.

Getting Help with Medicare

With the Open Enrollment period right around the corner, it might be time to get some help with deciding what plans work best for meeting all of your healthcare needs. The Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, or MMAP for short, is available to do just that.

Announcement: SCSEP Ends

We regret to announce that Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) will no longer be participating in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP/Title V) effective June 25, 2018.

Annual Implementation Plan Draft

The Draft Annual Implementation Plan is available for view

CARF Survey June 18 - June 20, 2018

A survey team from CARF International* will be visiting AAAWM June 18 through June 20, 2018

Announcement: Public Hearing

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking comment on its Draft Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for fiscal year 2019.