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How to Spot and Report Elder Abuse

 It is estimated that 1 in 10 Americans 60+ years old experience elder abuse or mistreatment yet only 1 in 24 cases are reported to authorities. Elder abuse or mistreatment can often be categorized into a few different types: physical, emotional, sexual, financial exploitation, and neglect. It is important to know the warning signs to help stop or prevent abuse from happening:
  • Unexplained bruises or injury
  • Reports of under-or over-medicating
  • Caregiver refuses older adult to have visitors
  • Torn, stained, or dirty clothing
  • Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration
  • Suspicious or sudden changes in wills or power of attorney
  • Bills not being paid
If you are concerned that you or a loved one is experiencing abuse, mistreatment, or neglect, report it to Adult Protective Services at 1-855-444-3911. For more information on elder abuse and warning signs visit ProtectKentSeniors.org or call 616-456-5664.  
Sources: National Council on Aging NCOA.org
In this video, Kendrick Heinlein, Director of Contract Services, explains the current open Letter of Intent for the 2022 Kent County Senior Millage. This Letter of Intent will focus solely on technology support and technology training for older adults. The submission deadline is February 10th, 2022.
Learn More About the Letter of Intent

An Overview of Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan

The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) covers a nine-county region and offers services to support older adults and persons with a disability in maintaining their independence. AAAWM Outreach Specialist, Liz Barnett, joined The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin to discuss some common in-home support programs, as well as the "hidden gems" that we offer for caregivers. Give the interview a listen below!

WGVU: The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

Save the Date: Upcoming Events


Family Caregiver University: Downsizing & Decluttering 101 for Seniors
Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 2:00-3:00 pm via Zoom
See the flyer here!

Caregiver Resource Network: Diversity Academy
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 2:30-4:00 pm via Zoom
Learn more here!

Upcoming Dementia Friends Sessions
Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Learn more and register!

Advocates for Senior Issues
Friday, February 18 | 10:00 - 12:00 pm
Location: The 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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