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The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) has released the 2023-2025 Older Americans Act Proposal. Anyone interested in requesting funds to provide services to older adults in the following nine counties; Allegan, Ionia, Lake, Kent, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, or Osceola, must complete the proposal documents that can be found at

Learn More About the Proposal

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). OMD is an opportunity for senior advocates and allies to share their positions with legislators and spur positive change for older adult legislation.

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Keep Up With the Latest Scams

 Scammers are always coming up with new ways to try to obtain our personal information. A few common scams include:
  1. Social Security Scams: scammers pretend to be from Social Security asking for your Social Security number or payment to resolve an issue.
  2. Phone Scams: don’t answer a call from a number you don’t know. If it’s important they will leave a message.
  3. Phishing Scams: scammers use email and text messages to try to steal your information by sending a link or pretending to be from a known company or organization.
  4. Benefits Scams: scammers impersonate someone from Medicare, Unemployment, or Insurance companies asking for personal information claiming they can help resolve an issue or sign you up for benefits.
Being aware of a scam reduces a persons’ chances of falling for it by 80% (AARP). You can keep up with new scams by visiting trusted websites. Here are a few options: For more information on elder abuse, scams, and resources visit or call 616-456-5664.
Source: Federal Trade Commission and AARP
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.
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Save the Date: Upcoming Events

CRN Diversity Academy:
Supporting LGBTQA+ Older Adults

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm via Zoom
Learn more here!

Senior Rally Day- In Conjunction with OMD
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Save the Date for a local OMD event at AAAWM
See the flyer here!

Family Caregiver University: It's About the Conversation
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm via Zoom
Learn more here!

Upcoming Dementia Friends Sessions
Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Learn more and register!

Advocates for Senior Issues
Friday, May 20, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: In-Person @ The Salvation Army Kroc Center
Visit the website here!

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