Creating Community for a Lifetime
Update Report August, 2005

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Special Event

CCFL Update



Special Event

The Advocates for Senior Issues, Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, and Grand Rapids Community Foundation will be co-hosting a community-wide event during the morning of Friday, October 7, 2005 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The event will feature Washington Post columnist Abigail Trafford. Trafford is also the author of "My Time: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life." More details will be released in the coming months. Mark your calendars now - you won't want to miss it!

Creating Community for a Lifetime Sponsors

Ensuring Kent County is a community that optimizes quality of life, independence and choice for older persons and all residents through collaborative planning and community action.

  • CCFL Update
  • The Social and Civic Engagement work group is meeting August 2 to put the finishing touches on its recommendations. Community Based Services is just beginning to meet - and Physical Activity and Nutrition, as well as Access to Health Care, have named their co-chairs and are recruiting members to begin meeting soon. Read on for more information about each of the work groups and visit the website for complete details on each of the work groups.

    Access to Health Care Work Group

    Co-chaired by Paul Ippel and Teresa Branson, the Access to Health Care work group will launch in late September/early October. The group will address the issue of unmet mental and physical health needs, use of screening and basic medical care, and financial issues related to medications, in order to ensure elders are healthy and their quality of life is enhanced. Click here for more information. And stay tuned for meeting announcements.

    Community Based Services Work Group

    The Community Based Services work group held its first meeting on July 28. The work group is lead by co-chairs Andy Zylstra, Department of Human Services, and Tom Czerwinski, AAAWM. Click here for more information.

    Physical Activity and Nutrition Work Group

    The Physical Activity and Nutrition work group will address the issue of health and wellness, the benefits of illness prevention, access to healthy food choices, and the need for programs and policies to support choices and activities that ensure elders remain healthy and active as long as possible. The work group will be co-chaired by Margaret Biersack and Tom Oosterbaan with the first meeting scheduled for September 22 at 9:00 am. Click here for more information.

    Social and Civic Engagement Work Group

    The Social and Civic Engagement work group is addressing the desire of older adults to maintain connections, to remain active through volunteer or paid activities, and to have opportunities to share their experience, creativity and wisdom in order to ensure that Kent County benefits from the contributions of older persons. The group is completing final edits on its community recommendations before submitting them to the Core Council. Click here for more information.

  • Calendar
  • CCFL Meeting Dates

    For a complete listing of all upcoming CCFL meeting dates click here.

    Plus, look for a special email alert coming this month that will provide details and registration information for the community event on Friday, October 7.

    Learning Opportunities

    Click here for a listing of upcoming forums and conferences throughout the region.

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