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A vast majority of older adults live in their own homes and communities and want to continue to do so. This lifestyle choice is called “aging in place.” However, it is a reality of life that everyone ages differently, and sometimes this means exploring various options for support. Planning ahead can be complicated, needs can change and it is best to try to get an understanding of resources that are available before you or your loved one are in “crisis-mode.” Questions that commonly come up include: What needs to change to continue to remain living at home? What supports exist in the community? If you notice your loved one could use support how do you get started?

The Choices for Independence Program with the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) could be the answer to taking this first step.
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Protect Yourself from Scammers

  1. Stimulus check- with another round of stimulus checks coming, it’s important to know the warning signs of a scam. If someone calls or emails you saying they’re from the IRS and asks for payment to receive your stimulus check, delete the email or hang up the phone, it’s a scam. There is no fee to receive your stimulus check and the government will not ask for your personal information (Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number)
  2. COVID Vaccine- with more groups being eligible to obtain the FREE COVID vaccine it’s important to get the most up-to-date and accurate information. For information on the COVID vaccine, who’s eligible to get it, and vaccine sites, visit
If you believe you’ve been a victim of a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at Report abuse or neglect to Adult Protective Services at 1-855-444-3911. Visit or call 616-456-5664 for more information on elder abuse, scams, and how to keep yourself safe from scammers.

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Virtual FCU: Empathy
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
See the flyer here!

Virtual Advocates for Senior Issues Meeting
Friday, April 16, 2021 | 10:00 am via Zoom
Learn more!

Dementia Friends Virtual Session
Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 10:30 am - 12 pm via Zoom
See flyer for upcoming sessions

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

Registration required for all virtual FCU classes: 
Email: or call: 616-222-7032
Last Chance to Register for Next Week's Virtual Family Caregiver University!
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