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In trying times, the relationships we have with others can often become our anchors. With the current pandemic, this remains true, however, the way in which we connect with our friends, family, and community likely looks very different. Connection plays a critical role for our Kent County Senior Millage (KCSM) partners. In this Millage Minder, we will take a look at two KCSM partners, Life Therapeutic Solutions and St. Alphonsus’ Young at Heart program, who both used the power of connection in new and innovative ways.
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Become a Dementia Friend

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan's Anne Ellermets joined My West Michigan and The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin this month to discuss Dementia Friends Michigan. This program is designed to teach participants how to recognize signs of dementia, how to effectively interact with people living with dementia, and how you can make our community a friendly place through your daily work and community interactions by supporting people with dementia. You can catch the interview's via the links below to learn more.

My West Michigan Interview

The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin Interview

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Virtual Dementia Friends Session
Friday, October 23, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:30 am via Zoom
See the flyer here!

Virtual Family Caregiver Support Group
Tuesdays | 10:00 - 11:00 am via Zoom
See the flyer here!

Virtual CRN Diversity Academy: Warriors Among Us
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm via Zoom
See the flyer here!

Virtual Family Caregiver University: Community Resources A-Z Part I
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm via Zoom
See the flyer here!

Virtual Advocates for Senior Issues Meeting
Friday, November 20, 2020 | 10:00 am via Zoom
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Virtual Family Caregiver University: Community Resources A-Z Part II
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm via Zoom
See the flyer here!

Registration required for all virtual FCU classes: 
Email: or call: 616-222-7032
Lawrence L. Murray Award is in honor of Larry Murray who is the founder and first director of the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. The purpose of the award is to recognize a service partner or a staff member for outstanding achievement and “excellence in Leadership, Innovation, and Collaboration”. We recently announced our Larry Murray Award recipients for 2019 and 2020!
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Like many, you could be feeling restless from the time spent at home. We want to be sure you are staying safe while also taking care of yourself! We've put together a list of boredom busters with fun activities you can safely do from home while social distancing. This list, curated by Ashley Bieber, AAAWM Intern, is broken down into two categories, ideas using "online/technology" and those without, so there is a little something for everyone!
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What does it mean to be a Dementia Friend?

Dementia Friends Michigan is the state chapter of Dementia Friends USA, a nationwide movement changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. By incorporting  Dementia Friends into open, accessible communities, those living with dementia and those who care about them continue to be active participants in the communities in which they reside. 

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