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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!

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).

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!

My West Michigan Interview: Support for Caregivers of Older Adults

This year has been especially difficult for caregivers of older adults. The exhaustion and the anxiety are real. Sarah Sobel joined My West Michigan to offer helpful advice. After all, the pandemic isn’t over yet, and caregivers continue to be faced with new challenges. AAAWM offers many resources to support caregivers, from virtual classes to a new support group. You can catch the interview via the link below to learn more.

An archive of previous news and media events can be explored here.