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Technology Resources

These past few years of pandemic life have forced many to turn to technology as a means of connection. Doctor’s appointments turned to video visits, typical in-person social engagements became phone calls or text chains, and classes and activities moved to Zoom and other virtual platforms. This large shift, happening almost simultaneously, can be confusing to navigate. 

In the interviews below, AAAWM Contract Administrator Brandon Beck shares technology resources at the local level for both seniors and their caregivers.

WZZM My West Michigan Interview
Listen to the WGVU Morning Show Interview
Read Our Tackling Tech Article

What’s in a Scam?

Scammers are always coming up with new scams in an attempt to steal our personal and financial information. The scam details may look or sound different but the main ingredients are always the same.

  1. They want your personal and financial information
  2. Urgent or secretive request
  3. Believable stories and connection
  4. Unusual payment type (gift cards)
  5. Spoofing- changing phone number to look familiar
  6. Smishing- text message with a harmful link
  1. Stop talking to the scammer immediately.
  2. Report any suspicious account activity to your bank.
  3. Delete any suspicious emails or texts and never click a link!
  4. Report scams to the Federal Trade Commission at   
For more information on elder abuse and scams, call 616-456-5664 or visit
Source: Attorney General Nessel, Senior Scams
Aging in place is a common wish for many people as they age, in fact, according to a national survey by AARP 3 out of 4 adults over 50 hope to do so. What does this mean? It means aging in the setting of their choice, oftentimes living in their own home and engaging in their community. Occasionally, this could require support to make this possible, which is where the Kent County Senior Millage can help. The millage was recently renewed by Kent County voters on August 2, 2022, providing wrap-around services that support both older adults and their family caregivers to help individuals age in place. In this Millage Minder, we’ll hear from KCSM partners Community Food Club, Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, SarahCare Adult Day, and United Methodist Community House, on the positive impact their services make in the lives of older adults, proving it is more than a millage to the many seniors who receive millage support. 
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Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Upcoming Dementia Friends Sessions
Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm *Hybrid*
Learn more and register!

Advocates for Senior Issues- Sponsorship Day
Friday, September 16, 2022 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: In-Person @ Frederik Meijer Gardens
Visit the website here!

Family Caregiver University
Tuesday, Sept 27, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Location: via Zoom and in-person
Further details!

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

Drop-In Technology Assistance @ Scottville
Tuesday, Sept 27, 2022 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Location: Scottville Area Senior Center
Further details!

Save the Date: AAAWM's Fitness Programs Return
Classes return in October 2022! Further details to come!

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