Reinventing Mi Retirement

You are invited to attend Reinventing Mi Retirement: achieving financial security to last a lifetime.

Monday, October 20, 2014
8:30 – 2:00 pm
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI

Reinventing Mi Retirement is a free event filled with useful resources, tools, and presentations on both pre and post retirement topics.  The event include a series of special guest speakers, informative workshops, confidential 1-on-1 financial checkups, complimentary breakfast and lunch, resource fair information booths, and all participants will receive a 100 page Reinventing Mi Retirement Toolkit of resources.  Everything provided at no cost to you.

This event is intended for Michigan consumers, ages 50 and greater, who are themselves approaching retirement, recently retired, or have been retired for years.  This event is also perfect for those individuals who have responsibility for the financial affairs of an elderly loved one.

For more information and to register, visit

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Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition

Advocates for Senior Issues’ former Elder Abuse strategy group contributed to the formation of the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition.

The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition is a large group of agencies representing non-profit, profit, and government organizations.  They are dedicated to the elimination of elder abuse in Kent County, Michigan and surrounding areas. The Coalition’s mission is, “Working together to identify, advocate, educate, and seek justice for vulnerable adult abuse in Kent County”.  They are comprised of individuals from the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office, state and local law enforcement, Kent County Probate Court, Adult Protective Services, local ombudsman from Adult Well-Being Services, Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, Kent County Health Department, Life EMS, local hospitals, local financial institutions, elder law attorneys, Advocates for Senior Issues, Senior Neighbors, and the YWCA.

The Coalition meets monthly to discuss current elder and vulnerable adult abuse cases in Kent County.  They also provide seminars and trainings on elder abuse and financial exploitation.  To learn more about scheduling a presentation please contact .

Elder Abuse Coalition website


We Are Family – When Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation Hits Home

The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition recommends reading the following article on elder abuse and the American family.  The author tells a true story of abuse and neglect, and concludes by recommending that there must be better collaboration between local agencies to solve cases like this one.

From the article:

“In October 2005, police were dispatched to my grandparent’s home following a dispute between my parents and my uncle.  My uncle, my grandparents’ unemployed adult son who was living in the home, became infuriated when my parents arrived for an unscheduled visit and he refused to let them in.  Hearing the commotion, my grandmother appeared and insisted that my parents stay, which further exacerbated my uncle’s anger.  In an effort to keep my grandmother inside, there was a scuffle: several glass panes of a door were broken, and my grandmother and my mother sustained cuts.  My father called the police…”

To see the rest of the story, click here to download the article!

What you can do:

  • If you suspect elder abuse – report it.  In Michigan, please call 1-855-444-3911.  If you or someone you know is a victim of fraud or a financial scam, call your local law enforcement agency.
  • Schedule a presentation for your community or group about elder abuse. The Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition has a variety of professionals who are willing to make such a presentation.  Contact them at




Elder Abuse Strategy Group

Chairperson: Jan Schultz

AFSI Elder Abuse Strategy Group goals are as follows:

  1. Partner with the newly formed Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition (KCEAC):
    a. Attend monthly intervention meetings (Jan Schultz)
    b. Attend large group presentations to both the community and to concerned citizens.
    c. Help recruit speaker’s bureau.
    d. Help promote community presentations
  2. Serve as Advocacy resource/representative to the Kent County Elder Abuse Prevention Network:
    a. Provide legislative updates.
    b. Research new elder abuse legislation in other states and present findings to KCEAPN.
    c. Encourage support / action for proposed elder abuse legislation
    i.   Organize letter / email / phone support for upcoming legislation
    ii.  Organize travel opportunities to Michigan  State Capital
    iii. Meet with state representatives (introduction to the KCEAPN) and discussion of pending issues.
  3. Encourage involvement of AFSI Elder Abuse Sub-Committee members with outreach efforts of the KCEAC:
    a. Become a member of the KCEAC speaker’s bureau.
    b. Help in outreach planning efforts.
    c. Help with advertising and PR.
    d. Research Elder Abuse legislation in other states.
    e. Research “Best Practices” of other Elder Abuse Coalitions nationwide.

To contact the Elder Abuse Strategy Group or to become involved, email Jan Schultz at