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Our Healthy Aging program is now-- Engaging Wellness! We're still dedicated to helping older adults in our nine-county region stay active and independent through evidence-based wellness classes! Our in-person classes start now, and our Zoom classes are coming soon. Below you'll find the link to the class calendar for the remainder of October, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out at (616) 588-2580.
October Class Calendar
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is pleased to announce that Sally Andreatta has joined the AAAWM team as the new Director of Contract Services.

“I was drawn to the work that the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan does to serve our senior population, persons with a disability, and caregivers. I am passionate about providing accessible services that focus on equity and innovation. I look forward to working with this great team as we collaborate with community partners and continue to build upon this agency’s history and outstanding work,” shared Andreatta. Join us in welcoming Sally!
Learn More About Sally

Helpful Tips for Open Enrollment

The world of Medicare/Medicaid can be an extremely confusing one. Open Enrollment kicked off October 15 and runs through December 7. This provides the chance for individuals to review and make changes to their Medicare Part D prescription plans and Medicare Advantage plans. The process can be overwhelming—how do you know which options are the best fit for you? The Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) can be a huge help! You can learn more about it, and a few other tips for navigating the open enrollment season, in the article or interview below!
Read the Open Enrollment Tips
Listen to WGVU Morning Show Interview

Importance of Staying Connected 

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 Americans 60 years and older have experienced some sort of abuse within the last year. One risk factor that increases your chance of experiencing any type of abuse or neglect is social isolation. Whether it’s a barrier to getting out of your home, a lack of support system, or needing supportive services. The good news is help is out there!

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) partners with many agencies across West Michigan to provide services to help older adults live independently in their homes. AAAWM covers Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Osceola counties. Services include but are not limited to transportation, home-delivered meals, adaptive equipment, senior centers,  exercise classes, home chore, adult day care, and caregiver support. Call AAAWM today at 616-456-5664 to get connected to services or visit our website at  

For more information on elder abuse and resources available visit To report concerns of abuse or neglect, call Adult Protective Services at 855-444-3911.   
SOURCE: National Council on Aging ( 

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Engaging Wellness Class Calendar
In-person classes have returned!
View the calendar here!

Family Caregiver University: I'm Still Standing!
Thursday, November 17 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm *In Person*
See the flyer here!

Upcoming Dementia Friends Sessions
Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm *Zoom*
Thursday, December 15, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm *In Person*
Thursday, January 19, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm "Zoom*
Learn more and register!

Advocates for Senior Issues
Friday, November 18, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Salvation Army Kroc Center
Visit the website here!

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

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Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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