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

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News & Media

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan: Commitment to Quality Programs

Recently, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan received a NCQA Accreditation of Case Management for Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for our MI Choice Medicaid Waiver program. This three-year accreditation is from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a nonprofit organization that issues Accreditation, Certifications, and Recognition programs based upon measurement, transparency, and accountability to highlight top performers and drive improvement.

Take Part in Senior Action Week

It is important to recognize older adults for their contributions, but also for their powerful voices. Michigan’s older adults account for nearly one-quarter of Michigan’s population. Not only do older adults have vast knowledge and experience, but they also vote! For over 20 years, seniors have traveled to Lansing from across the state to advocate and celebrate older adults in an annual event called “Older Michiganian’s Day” (OMD).

Millage Minder: Spring 2022

Since 1999, the Kent County Senior Millage has funded services that help older adults remain in their own homes and communities as they age. The needs of individuals vary, therefore millage services work to fill gaps in care for seniors and come alongside their caregivers. In this issue of the Millage Minder, we’ll take a look at a new service for 2022 to support older adults' mental health through Reliance Integrated Wellness Center and tools from Disability Advocates of Kent County and Elders’ Helpers to help seniors navigate their lives safely at home.

Celebrating 50 Years of the Senior Nutrition Program

This March, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Senior Nutrition Program with other organizations across the country! Nutrition is a vital component of our health and well-being, especially as we age. This program has been providing meals for older adults throughout the United States since 1972 through Older Americans Act funding. At the local level, the Senior Nutrition Program covers a nine-county region (Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Osceola, and Newaygo) through partnerships with Commissions on Aging and Meals on Wheels.

My West Michigan Interview: 2022 KCSM

More than $13 million in funding is going to positively impact older adults in 2022 through the Kent County Senior Millage. The Kent County Senior Millage 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. Kendrick Heinlein joined My West Michigan to discuss what these services look like for 2022. You can give the interview a watch below:

My West Michigan Interview: Food Resources for Older Adults

Staci Gerken joined My West Michigan to discuss the importance of nutrition for older adults. She shared what to look for when you are visiting a senior loved one this holiday season and how to get connected to food resources in our community. You can give the interview a watch here: