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2020 Annual Report & Video

In this year’s annual report, we will take a look at the three common pillars that built the communities of strength throughout the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan's (AAAWM) nine-county region; the impact of rising to the challenge, how we became stronger together, and ultimately the power of connection for older adults and their families. All of our agency partners and AAAWM staff members are true heroes and we thank each and every one of them for helping to take care of our region’s seniors during COVID-19. From home-delivered meals to transportation, the delivery of essential items, and virtual programming, no individual was left behind and we are grateful for this embodiment of what it means to be a community of strength.
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Many older adults want to “age in place”, which means staying in their own homes as they get older, but there are often concerns about safety, getting around, and performing daily activities. A large part of aging in your own home means planning ahead. This can be complicated as each individual ages differently and has varying needs. Maybe you don’t need help right now, but you live with a spouse or family member that could use additional support. It is best to try to get an understanding of the resources that are available before you or your loved one is in “crisis-mode.” This is where the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) comes in with its various program options that are person-centered.
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How to Spot and Report Elder Abuse

It is estimated that 1 in 6 adults 60+ years old worldwide experience elder abuse or mistreatment yet only 1 in 24 cases are reported to authorities. Elder abuse or mistreatment can often be categorized into a few different types: physical, emotional, sexual, financial exploitation, and neglect. It is important to know the warning signs to help stop or prevent abuse from happening:
  • Unexplained bruises or injury
  • Reports of under- or over-medicating
  • Caregiver refuses older adult to have visitors
  • Torn, stained, or dirty clothing
  • Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration
  • Suspicious or sudden changes in wills or power of attorney
  • Bills not being paid
If you are concerned that you or a loved one is experiencing abuse, mistreatment, or neglect, report it to Adult Protective Services at 1-855-444-3911. For more information on elder abuse and warning signs visit or call 616-456-5664.  
Sources: World Health Organization

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Active Living Every Day
Wednesdays, begins May 12, 2021 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm | 12-week program
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Virtual Advocates for Senior Issues Meeting
Friday, May 21, 2021 | 10:00 am via Zoom
Learn more!

CRN Diversity Academy - Dietary Challenges for
Diverse Cultures

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm via Zoom
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Dementia Friends Virtual Session
Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 10:30 am - 12 pm via Zoom
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Virtual Family Caregiver Support Group
Tuesdays | 10:00 - 11:00 am via Zoom
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Virtual Public Hearing on Annual Implementation Plan
Monday, June 7, 2021 | 1:00 pm via Zoom
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Registration required for all virtual FCU classes: 
Email: or call: 616-222-7032
Join us for Older Michiganian's Day 2021 - Senior Action Week! This virtual advocacy event will spotlight five critical areas to senior services for the state of Michigan. Visit the website to learn more!
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