Coronavirus Response

Our office is currently closed to the public, but is continuing to operate with an emphasis on remote-work for many of our employees. Our Information and Assistance Department remains an essential senior resource for our region, therefore we will continue to take calls and provide information at (616) 456-5664. Learn more about resources

If you are experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus, please contact your healthcare provider via telephone immediately.

For vaccine information, visit Vaccinate West Michigan.

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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Upcoming Events

News & Media

Senior Perspectives- July/August 2021

The July/August 2021 issue of Senior Perspectives is here! View the digital copy by downloading it below!

Kent County Senior Millage FY 2022 Letter of Intent Now Available

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) will accept Letters of Intent for 2022 Kent County Senior Millage (KCSM) funds. The KCSM Letter of Intent has been released and the submission deadline is July 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The website link to begin the process is now available!

Reconnecting to Your Community

Some older adults are now eager to safely return to their communities. They are ready to engage with others and take part in the activities that they had enjoyed pre-pandemic. If you are a caregiver, you could also be returning to a bit of pre-pandemic “normalcy” and notice that you require a new routine in supporting your loved one. In both cases, there could be some uncertainty in where and how to get started. Help is available from the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) and its network of community partners in making this safe transition. AAAWM and its partners are committed to serving older adults, persons with a disability, and their caregivers through a variety of services. Below we’ve highlighted just a few of the many resources that can help you get reconnected to your community.

My West Michigan Interview: Elder Abuse Awareness Month

It’s estimated that one in six older adults worldwide experiences elder abuse, and yet only one in 24 cases is reported. June is World Elder Abuse Awareness month, with today, June 15th, being the designated day! Cassie Caple joined My West Michigan to discuss the significance of this month, the warning signs of abuse, and how we can all work to be part of the solution. Watch the interview below!

Technology Resources for Older Adults

If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, it is that connection with others is key to our wellbeing. The way we go about engaging with others has certainly changed, which could have contributed to the increase in social isolation as well. As we slowly return to the community, there will undoubtedly continue to be a large emphasis on taking social interactions online. This can prove to be a bit of a barrier for older adults, and understandably so, there are many websites, devices, and applications to navigate when trying to use technology. We’ve put together a list of some of the top resources that can help.

Building Healthy Habits- Introducing Active Living Every Day

Has the shutdown got you down? Has the pandemic removed all motivation to move? Got you stuck in a rut…or stuck on the couch? Then we have the program for you. Adding to our suite of evidence-based programs, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is offering a new program: Active Living Every Day (ALED).

My West Michigan Interview: Elder Abuse Awareness Month

It’s estimated that one in six older adults worldwide experiences elder abuse, and yet only one in 24 cases is reported. June is World Elder Abuse Awareness month, with today, June 15th, being the designated day! Cassie Caple joined My West Michigan to discuss the significance of this month, the warning signs of abuse, and how we can all work to be part of the solution. Watch the interview below!

Older Michiganian's Day- Take Action!

Watch the Older Michiganian's Day 2021 video! It highlights the five critical areas to senior services for the state of Michigan, where support from legislators is needed, and how you can help. Together we can build communities of strength!