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Local Resources

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan 1279 Cedar NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503, 616-456-5664 - Information on a wide variety of services available to older adults in a nine county area.

Care Resources 1471 Grace St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506, 616-913-2006 - Provides comprehensive medical care and social services to seniors in Kent County through the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Citizens for Better Care 560 Fifth St. NW, Suite 308 Grand Rapids, MI 49504, 616-245-9451 800-782-2918 - With a focus on long term care issues, this independent, non-profit agency provides consumer advocacy as well as information. .

Gerontology Network 500 Cherry St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503, 616-456-6135 - Focus is on serving the needs of older adults and their families to enhance quality of life and promote independence.

Kent County Senior Millage 2011 Services 616-456-5664 - Kent County contracts with the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan to administer the Kent County Senior Millage dollars. Sample Millage services include healthy aging programs, home delivered meals, legal services, prescription assistance, transportation and weatherization. Contact the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan for more information.

Older Learner Center – Grand Rapids Community College Calkins Science Center, Room 216 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616-234-3483 - Designed to educate and inform by providing links to various community resources, programs, workshops, and activities such as a health club and a computer club.

Senior Neighbors 820 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 460 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616-459-6019 - Provides links to essential services for independent living, local senior centers, and information on RSVP, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Kent County.

Michigan Resources

Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. - Information on various Elder Law programs, including a free Legal Hotline for Michigan seniors age 60 and older.

MI Seniors - As a resource for information on aging, the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging's site is designed for seniors, caregivers and families.

Senior Brigade - A clearinghouse for helpful information on consumer protection, financial matters, health care issues and veterans' services.

Senior Preferences - Senior Preferences is a comprehensive resource guide that gathers a list of community organizations and local businesses that cater to the needs of senior citizens. Online access to the print guides covering various regions of Michigan is available. Access to the Grand Rapids/West Michiganguide covers nine counties.

General Resources

AARP - The nation’s leading organization for people age 50 and older, provides a wide variety of information on various topics.

Administration on Aging - This federal agency's site provides an overview of topics, programs, and services related to aging.

Elderhostel - Have a yen to travel? Elderhostel, now known as Road Scholar, offers educational sojourns, both in the United States and countries beyond, to adults 55 and older.

National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment - Resources provided through this center "help organizations enroll seniors and younger adults with disabilities with limited means into the benefits programs for which they are eligible so that they can remain healthy and improve the quality of their lives."

National Senior Citizens Law Center - This organization “advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans.”

Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) - A long-term, comprehensive health care program for seniors who want to remain living in their own homes.

Senior Citizens' Resources - Designed to be a one-stop site to access information and services, from the U.S. government, of interest to seniors.

SeniorCorps - Interested in making a difference? Get involved with Senior Corps and their programs: Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP.

SeniorNet - An online community of computer-using adults, 50 and older, offering information on computer technologies, discussion groups, online courses and tutorials, as well as links to other interesting sites.

Topics of Interest for Older Adults

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Lifelong Learning

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