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The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is pleased to announce the Kent County Senior Millage (KCSM) partners for 2022 with funded services amounting to $13,309,835. The KCSM has helped fund vital services for older adults in Kent County since 1999 with the goal of enabling them to stay in their homes and communities as they age.
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Planning for any future endeavor can be overwhelming; a big trip, a long-distance move, making a large purchase or upgrade. Developing an aging plan isn’t any different, it can be difficult to navigate. As with anything, starting to research an aging plan is often the first step. So why do you need an aging plan? It is important to recognize that you may not age exactly how you wish, but having this plan in place before barriers arise, allows you to have peace of mind that your wishes are carried out how you want. You can read more about how to get started below:
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You Better Watch Out, For Scams This Holiday

Scammers earn their place on the Naughty List working year-round trying to trick us into giving out our personal and financial information, but with 2 out of 3 people choosing online holiday shopping, there are more opportunities to fall victim to a scam this holiday season. Be on the lookout for these trending scams:
  • Charity call: impersonator calls with the intention to get your financial information.
    • WARNING SIGN: pressure to make a quick decision to “donate” over the phone.
    • ACTION: take notes about the charity, hang up, and do your own research to ensure it’s a legitimate charity with a secure payment process.
  • Online Shopping: fake websites are created hoping to steal your financial information.
    • WARNING SIGN: the website doesn’t have https. “S” means it’s a secure site.
    • ACTION: shop on a secure website or App, use a credit card or secure payment system such as PayPal.
  • Shipping/Tracking: fake email or text with a link asking to sign into your account.
    • WARNING SIGN: never click a link. Especially from an unknown number or email address.
    • ACTION: go to your secure website or App account to check the package status or find the original confirmation email for the secure tracking number.
It’s important to report scams to prevent scammers from preying on other victims:
  • Report online scams to FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center at
  • Call 2-1-1 for assistance in reporting cybercrime scams
  • File a complaint with the Michigan Attorney General Consumer Protection team at 877-765-8388 or
  • If you suspect Abuse or Neglect, call the Adult Protective Services hotline at 1-855-444-3911
For more information on scam alerts and resources available visit or call the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at 616-456-5664. 
The holiday season is approaching and for many people that means food, those once-a-year meals, favorite family recipes, and perhaps some over-indulging. But our older adult neighbors or family members may struggle to maintain a healthy diet, holidays or not. Staci Gerken, Contract Administrator and a Registered Dietitian at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, emphasizes the importance of nutrition for seniors and what to do if you spot a loved one who lacks access to the resources necessary to maintain a healthy diet. You can catch the interviews via the links below to learn more.

WZZM: My West Michigan Interview

WGVU: The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

CRN Diversity Academy: The Teachings of Trauma
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm via Zoom
You can view the flyer here!

December Family Caregiver University: Dementia with Joy and Chris
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm via Zoom
You can view the flyer here!

Upcoming Dementia Friends Sessions
Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Thursday, January 20, 2022  | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm via Zoom
Learn more and register!

Advocates for Senior Issues
Friday, January 21 | 10:00 - 12:00 pm
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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