Meetings

COA Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month September through April.
  • MEETING INFORMATION
    • Meeting location is at the Trinity Lutheran Church located at 2700 East Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI.
    • Parking is located in front of the building near the main entrance. 
  • 8:00 - 8:30 am Coffee and Networking
  • 8:30 - 10:00 am Business Meeting and Program
Cancelation Policy:
  • Our severe weather policy is based on the Grand Rapids Public School system.  In the event of a snow or ice emergency, our meeting will be canceled if the GRPS system is closed.  Stay tuned to your radio or local television station for cancelation updates.

NEXT MEETING
March 26, 2019
MEETING LOCATION CHANGE FOR THIS MEETING ONLY!
Due to construction still going on at the church, we're moving this meeting to the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. If you were at the last meeting, you know why we have moved the location. If you weren't at the last meeting (tsk tsk) there was a LOT of construction noise going on during the meeting.

TOPIC: We've all heard that laughter is good medicine, but just how good?--what does the research tell us?

Jayson L. Dibble, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Hope College, Holland, Mich. He teaches about and researches relationship communication, persuasion, social science research methods, and humor. His research has been featured in various outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, TIME, and The Washington Post, and he has long been involved with Gilda's LaughFest, where he speaks about humor and health.

Our 5 Min Presenter is Home Solutions Management for Seniors and People with Disabilities. Adaptable Home specializes in Building Lifetime Design Custom Homes, Barrier Free Home Modifications, Realtor Services, Home Evaluations, and Accessible Rental Homes.

Previous meetings:
February 26, 2019
Our 5-minute speaker and breakfast sponsor is Warner, Norcross + Judd LLP, a full-service law firm that can assist with all client needs. COA member Catherine Jacobs specializes in estate planning, elder law, and Medicaid planning. COA member Laura Morris specializes in family disputes involving inheritances, wills, trusts, guardianship, conservatorship, and is a trained mediator.

We will then hear from Laura Foerster (Certified Long Term Care Ombudsman) and Kaye Scholle, (MSW Certified Long Term Care Ombudsman) who will provide an overview of their role in advocating for residents primarily in Long Term Care facilities with a focus to improve the Long Term Care system, speaking for passage of laws, regulations and policies.

January 22, 2019
Our 5-minute speaker and breakfast sponsor are Jeanne & Lisa from Pathway Market. Then we will have Annette Crocker and Dr. Crocker who will discuss Hemp CBD in addition to the current landscape in Michigan with recreation Marijuana legalization.

Annette Crocker and Dr. Crocker will discuss Hemp CBD in addition to the current landscape in Michigan with recreation Marijuana legalization.

Annette Crocker RN has been a nurse for 30 years. She has an extensive critical care nursing background. Since 2010 she has been the Practice Manager at Michigan Holistic Health. The focus of the practice is Cannabis education and qualifying patients for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program. Annette is a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association. She is also a board member and treasurer for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Michigan. She opened My Hemp Solutions in October 2017. MHS is a retail and educational space for Hemp CBD.

Dr. Crocker is the owner and operator of Michigan Holistic Health since 2009. He is a Board Certified Interventional Radiologist with a history of pain management and palliative care. He sits on Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Review Panel for new qualifying conditions and is a board member for the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He has served as a medical marijuana expert in several court cases in Michigan and Illinois and has lectured extensively to medical professionals, community leaders and patient groups. He recently created his own product line of Hemp CBD products.

November 27, 2018
PLEASE NOTE. THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AT AREA AGENCY ON AGING. We plan on moving the next meeting (January) back to Trinity Lutheran as construction at Trinity will be completed by then.

Please join us for our monthly meeting! Networking is from 8:00 to 8:30 and our program will begin after that. Brian Upham froBreton Village Green Apartments is our 5-minute speaker and breakfast sponsor. Then we will have speakers from Pathway Market and Furniture City Estate Service talk about down sizing options and provide information on estate sales and the marketplace for consignment. Please join us for an informative morning!


OCTOBER 23RD
Join us for our monthly meeting. We will hear from Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker on the topic of Vulnerable Adult Abuse as a crime in Michigan, who perpetrators are, and what to look for in preventing future crime against older adults. 

Our 5-minute presenters and breakfast sponsors will be Melissa and Ronda from The Wisneski Team, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt.

As always, be sure to bring your business cards and any materials from your agency to share with the group. Networking is from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and our program begins shortly after that.


SEPTEMBER 25TH
We're back! Please join us for our September meeting where the COAKC Board will treat you to a delicious breakfast. We will have plenty of time for networking so be sure to bring your business cards and any current flyers you would like to share. There will be a space to put your flyers out - just be sure to take any extras with you when you leave! 

We will also be taking payments for yearly membership dues. Cost is $35 per agency right now. If you are paid by this meeting, you will be entered into a raffle for a gift card!



2017 Meetings
APRIL 24th
Join Us for Laughter Yoga and learn about Senior Sing A-Long.
Angela Essick Dykes LPC will be leading us in Laughter Yoga! This is not your typical yoga class. Expect to stretch your laugh muscles. Laughter Yoga is a unique concept based on the principle of “acting happiness” – tell your body what to do and your mind will follow. 

We will also hear from Senior Sing A-long, whose mission is revitalizing the minds and spirits of people in long-term care communities using music and other live arts. The nonprofit is an important part of a paradigm shift in care for West Michigan seniors a key partner in the movement away from simple caregiving toward providing an enriched living experience for all seniors, especially those with dementia.

MARCH 27th
Our five minute presenter and breakfast sponsor is Dan Gauthier from Gauthier Family Home Care. Gauthier Family Home Care exists to provide options for our clients to retain their independence in their own homes, improve their quality of life and support their extended families. 

Our program presenter will be Chad Tuttle, president of Continuing Care at Spectrum Health. Chad oversees continuing care programs and services, including Spectrum Health Rehabilitation, Spectrum Health Special Care Hospital, Spectrum Health At Home, Spectrum Health Long-Term Care, Spectrum Health Hospice, Spectrum Health Palliative Care and the delivery system rehabilitation service line—inclusive of hospital, post-acute and 26 outpatient venues. His presentation will focus on the economic impact on aging baby boomers, which is a topic that affects us all!

FEBRUARY 27th:
Our five minute presenter and breakfast sponsor is Shirward Punches from CARR Healthcare RealtyCARR Healthcare Realty is a national commercial real estate firm that provides an advocacy service at no costs to clients. 

Our program presenter is Rose Simmons from United Methodist Community House. She will be talking about their UMCH Silver Services, and how UMCH works to increase the ability of children, youth, adults and families to succeed in a diverse community. You will not want to miss this valuable information!

JANUARY 23rd
Senior Driving and How to Navigate Transportation
We will have Clayton Jewell, OTR/L, CDRS and Greg Brunette, CRDS from Mary Free Bed who will cover the topic of Addressing Driving and Dementia. We will also have Sarah Green from The Rapid talk about navigating public transportation and senior support services.

Our five-minute presenter and breakfast sponsor is Kevin Hagler from The Village of Heather Hills.

NOVEMBER 28th
Our 5-minute presenter is Hugh Randall from Amigo Mobility, which specializes in the Amigo power operated vehicles, handle rollators (walkers), wheelchairs and powerchairs. Our main program speaker will be Dr. Frank E. Belsito from Metro Health. Join us in learning about the Metro Health affiliation with University of Michigan Health and the benefits of the affiliation to West Michigan. It means enhanced services and easier access to world class care, including clinical specialties for senior patients. Dr. Belsito has more than 32 years of healthcare experience and is a member of the Metro leadership team.
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