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Building Healthy Habits: Introducing Active Living Every Day

Has the shutdown got you down? Has the pandemic removed all motivation to move? Got you stuck in a rut…or stuck on the couch?  Then we have the program for you. 

Adding to our suite of evidence-based programs, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is offering a new program: Active Living Every Day (ALED). 

Whether you are a caregiver or older adult, the Active Living Every Day program can be a wonderful resource for helping you incorporate physical activity and healthy behaviors into your lifestyle. The 12-week virtual Active Living Every Day program is, in fact, NOT an exercise program, but instead focuses on goal setting, habit-building, and peer support in an hour-long class each week.

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Caregiver Conversations: Developing A Caregiver Plan

Caregiving throughout the pandemic has certainly been a unique challenge and perhaps made you aware of some gaps. The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan's Sarah Sobel joined 13 on Your Side, My West Michigan, and The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin this month to discuss how older adults and caregivers can plan ahead with their care and be connected to resources. You can catch the interviews via the links below to learn more.

WGVU The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin Interview

My West Michigan: Support for Caregivers of Older Adults

Start Talking About It | What You Need To Know As Your Loved Ones Grow Older

Elder Abuse Awareness Month

June is World Elder Abuse Awareness month, with June 15th being the designated day. This provides an opportunity to raise awareness and share information on how to stop or prevent abuse or mistreatment from happening. One important way we can all make a difference is to know the warning signs:
  • Dirty or unsuitable clothing
  • Isolation or caregiver refusing visitors
  • Sudden changes in spending or large withdrawals
  • Bills not being paid
  • Unexplained bruises or broken bones
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
Sources: University of Southern California Center for Elder Justice

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Virtual FCU: Fair Housing Rights for Seniors in Kent County
Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm via Zoom
See the flyer here!

Virtual Public Hearing on Annual Implementation Plan
Monday, June 7, 2021 | 1:00 pm via Zoom
Visit our website for more info!

Virtual Advocates for Senior Issues Meeting
Friday, June 18, 2021 | 10:00 am via Zoom
Learn more!

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
See flyer for upcoming sessions

Virtual Family Caregiver Support Group
Tuesdays | 10:00 - 11:00 am via Zoom
See the flyer here!
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) extends an invitation to the community to offer comments on its Draft Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) for the 2022 fiscal year. The plan is an integral component of AAAWM’s mission to provide quality services to older adults in order for them to remain independent in their homes and communities. Visit the website to learn more!
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