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Establishment and Growth of the Aging Network Part 2 – Administration on Aging (AoA)

Founded in 1973, AgeWell Services of West Michigan’s mission invites adults 60 and older to redefine their age. We provide vital connections to keep one of our most vulnerable populations nourished, active, learning and living independently. In the first blog post of this four-part series, we learned about the Older Americans Act (OAA). OAA was…

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Moving and Motivation: AgeWell Services’ Wellness Center Exercise Classes Provide Help After Loss

By Lorraine Kinnucan Get Up! Get Dressed! Get Moving! This is the message that Sytsema Funeral Home suggested to me after the loss of my husband, Jerry. That was a year ago, and I have been faithful to that commitment because I had to go on. A friend had been coming to AgeWell Services’ Tanglewood…

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The Wellness Center-It’s Not Just for Exercise

When you hear “the Wellness Center at AgeWell Services” what does that mean to you? Maybe it’s an exercise class with Francine, or a visit to the fitness room (with our four new machines). While physical fitness is an important part of what we do, the Wellness Center offers so much more! Read on to…

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How Do Seniors Meet Other Seniors?

One of the most difficult aspects of aging can be the loneliness. Friends and family pass or move away, severing our social connections. Loneliness can be as dangerous for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. There are ways to connect with others. Technology can help us connect with friends and family who don’t…

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Fall 2022 Letter from the Director

Lorraine is just one shining example of someone redefining aging. After the devastating loss of her husband, she found comfort among friendly faces in several exercise classes which strengthened her body and her mind. She now volunteers each week in our administrative offices. We’re so grateful to her for sharing her story. Just like Lorraine,…

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August 2022 Grants and Municipalities List

Since October 1, 2021, government and charitable grants have made significant and lasting impact on thelives of older adults in Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties. We categorize grants by two main sources:government and charitable. Government grants include federal, state and local agencies. Charitable grants arefrom different foundation types, such as family or private. Our sincerest…

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Establishment and Growth of the Aging Network Part 1 – The Older American Act (OAA)

Founded in 1973, AgeWell Services of West Michigan’s mission invites adults 60 and older to redefine their age. We provide vital connections to keep one of our most vulnerable populations nourished, active, learning and living independently. In this four-part series, we’re going to take you through a journey of the key legislations, networks and agencies…

Imposter Scams: Who are they, really?

Guest post by SafeSeniors Imposter scammers lie about who they are in order to trick you into giving them money or to provide them with sensitive information. Here are some common scams, what to watch for, and what to do. Romance Scams The imposter will pretend to be interested in you romantically. They’ll use a…

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5 Reasons to Visit The Wellness Center at Tanglewood Park

AgeWell Services invites you to redefine age! We provide vital connections to keep you nourished, active, learning, and living independently. That is our mission at AgeWell Services, but it especially comes to life when you step into the Wellness Center at Tanglewood Park. We focus on serving the whole person, not just one aspect of…

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5 Steps for Helping Seniors Beat the Summer Heat

We’ve all heard it before: It’s not the heat, but the humidity. Seniors are especially vulnerable during those dog days of summer when the air feels like a coat of wet fur. Anyone can suffer from heat-related illnesses, but conditions like obesity, heart disease and even diuretic medications make cooling off even harder, especially for…

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Finding Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

Why is transportation a problem for older adults? Access to transportation gives people a sense of freedom. You can pick up and go on a whim. It is essential for maintaining independence and one’s health. If that freedom disappears, people can become isolated. Social isolation is an aging adult’s #1 enemy and without reliable transportation…

7th Heels for Meals & More: A Resounding Success!

After a two-year hiatus, the 7th Heels for Meals & More was an unparalleled success for people who attended and for the aging adults who will be served by the money raised. More than $68,410 was raised, including a $10,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor. “It was so amazing to see all the people…

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Senior Symposium: Together Again, Moving Forward!

When we started thinking about what to call this year’s Senior Symposium, one idea came immediately to mind – Together Again! We had our last in person day of learning in fall of 2019 with 200 people attending to learn and connect on topics important older adults. With 2020 came the global pandemic and everything…