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Celebrating 50 Years of the Senior Nutrition Program
This March, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Senior Nutrition Program with other organizations across the country! Nutrition is a vital component of our health and well-being, especially as we age. This program has been providing meals for older adults throughout the United States since 1972 through Older Americans Act funding. At the local level, the Senior Nutrition Program covers a nine-county region (Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Osceola, and Newaygo) through partnerships with Commissions on Aging and Meals on Wheels.

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Elder Abuse Resources

 It’s estimated that 1 in 10 older adults 60+ in the United States experience at least one type of abuse; physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, or financial exploitation. It’s important to know that abuse can happen to anyone but the good news is help is out there!
  • Report unwanted calls to the Federal Trade Commission at
  • Report concerns of abuse for yourself or a loved one by calling Adult Protective Services at 855-444-3911.
  • Report a scam to Michigan’s Consumer Protection Division at 877-765-8388.
  • Find support for yourself or a caregiver by calling your local Area Agency on Aging. Eldercare locator (
Keep yourself and loved ones safe:
  • Add your number to the Do Not Call Registry by calling 1-888-382-1222.
  • If an unknown number is calling, don’t answer. They’ll leave a message if it’s important.
  • If you think you’ve been a victim of a scam or abuse, talk to a trusted person and find help.
For more information on elder abuse, scams, and resources visit or call
Source: National Council on Aging
If you live in Kent County, then you likely pay the senior millage tax, but you may not know much about it. What happens to these funds after taxpayers pay them? This is where the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan comes in. We administer the millage on behalf of Kent County, ensuring that funds go to programs that positively impact older adults in the community. The Kent County Senior Millage (KCSM) has helped fund vital services for older adults in the county since 1999 with the goal of enabling them to stay in their homes and communities as they age. A millage continuation will be on the ballot on August 2nd, 2022, so here's a bit more about it!
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Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Family Caregiver University: Anxiety & Older Adults
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
See the flyer here!

Family Caregiver University: Now What?
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm via Zoom
Learn more here!

Upcoming Dementia Friends Sessions
Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Learn more and register!

Advocates for Senior Issues
Friday, April 15, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: In-Person @ The Salvation Army Kroc Center
Visit the website here!

Older Michiganian's Day
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Save the Date for a local OMD event at AAAWM.
Stay tuned for further details!

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