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A “New Normal” to Serving Older Adults

Coronavirus and social distancing guidelines have certainly changed the way we go about everyday life. However, here at Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM), our commitment to supporting seniors and their caregivers has remained our top priority. We work to connect seniors in our nine-county region to the resources they require to stay independent. We want to be sure that all older adults are looked after and cared for during this uncertain time. With coronavirus, we have had to think outside of the box and get a little creative on how to continue to serve older adults while prioritizing their health and safety.
What does this look like? Here is a little bit about what we’ve been doing at AAAWM…
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AAAWM's Contract Administrator, Cassie Caple, joined My West Michigan and The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin to discuss World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. She also touched on three common scams to watch for during COVID-19. You can catch her interviews via the links below:

My West Michigan Interview

The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin Interview


Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Family Caregiver University: Caring for a Challenging Loved One
Thursday, July 23 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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

Further details to come at
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June is Elder Abuse Awareness month, which works to not only to educate people on the topic of elder abuse, but to also increase reporting numbers and start discussions on how to recognize and prevent this abuse. What you may not know is that there are various forms of elder abuse aside from the physical abuse which first comes to mind. Financial exploitation, neglect by a caregiver or self-neglect by an older adult, and verbal/emotional abuse are all other forms of abuse. Financial exploitation has taken the forefront as of late, as unfortunately, times of crisis tend to be when people are at their most vulnerable and scammers take advantage of this.
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