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If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, it is that connection with others is key to our wellbeing. According to the University of Michigan’s National Poll on Healthy Aging*, in June of 2020 more than half (56%) of older adults reported feeling isolated from others, compared to just 27% in 2018. 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.
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June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month! It is estimated that 1 in 6 older adults worldwide experience elder abuse, yet only 1 in 24 cases are reported. Cassie Caple joined My West Michigan and WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin to discuss the significance of this month, the warning signs of abuse, and how we can all work to be part of the solution. You can access the interviews via the links below!

WGVU The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin Interview

My West Michigan: Elder Abuse Awareness Month

If you suspect abuse or neglect, report your concerns to Adult Protective Services by calling 1-855-444-3911. For more information on Elder Abuse, visit


Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Active Living Every Day
Wednesdays, begins June 23, 2021 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm | 12-week program
See the flyer here!

Dementia Friends Virtual Session
Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 10:30 am - 12 pm via Zoom

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

Family Caregiver University: Words to Live By
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
We're excited to be hosting this event in person! Stay tuned for further details!
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