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Caregiving in the Time of Coronavirus


At the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, we work to connect seniors and adults with disabilities in our nine-county region to the resources they require to stay independent and healthy during this time. However, we recognize that caregivers need vital support now more than ever as well. If you are a family caregiver, you could be feeling overwhelmed. Many of your usual forms of support that were in place to help you care for your loved one may be on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. You are also probably spending more time at home than usual as certain stay-home measures are in place, which means devoting more time caregiving than you may be used to. These things add up, and it is possible you are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, and uncertainly. Yet it is important to remember... these feelings are normal and you are not alone. 
 
So what can you do to take small steps towards reducing the understandable stress that comes from caregiving during a pandemic?
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Save the Date: Upcoming Events

 
Virtual Family Caregiver University: Caring for a Challenging Loved One
Thursday, July 23 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm
See the flyer here!

Virtual Family Caregiver University: Navigating Guardianship & Conservatorship
Tuesday, August 11 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm 

Further details can be found at www.caregiverresource.net
Registration required for all virtual classes: 
Email: registration@aaawm.org or call: 616-222-7032
We’re happy to now offer virtual presentations for organizations and groups that are looking to learn more about senior and caregiver resources!

COVID-19 Resources


What can seniors do to stay safe as businesses begin to open back up? This has been a common question we have received as the stay-home order begins to lift in Michigan. As always, we defer to the experts and have compiled a list of resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Kent County Health Department on topics such as what to keep in mind while visiting public spaces, staying social with the help of technology, food resources, and more. 
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Through the coronavirus pandemic, food assistance and transportation have been at the forefront of our resource requests. Meals on Wheels of Western Michigan offers both home-delivered meals and senior pantry options. The Community Food Club continues to operate in Kent County providing healthy food access. RideLink is providing transportation for older adults (age 60+) in Kent County for essential medical trips. You can learn more about these and other resources by calling our Information and Assistance Department at (616) 456-5664 or visiting the websites linked above.
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