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Tri-County Office on Aging

April 2022 E-News

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April is Volunteer Appreciation Month! TCOA is especially proud to work with hundreds of volunteers each day. Volunteers deliver meals with the Meals on Wheels Program; help greet and serve meals at Congregate Dining Sites; make Friendly Reassurance phone calls to older adult clients; facilitate health and wellness workshops; provide Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) counseling; complete administrative tasks; and serve as Consortium Board members, Advisory Council members, and Friends for Independence fundraising volunteers. We cannot do this work alone, and truly appreciate each and every volunteer who lends their time and talents.

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How to Get Involved with TCOA

Got an Hour?

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers! Visit to get started.

Golf with us!

Register for the 34th Annual Meals on Wheels Charity Golf Outing or contact Casey at 517-887-1377 about sponsorships.

We Are Hiring!

View TCOA's open job opportunities and apply online.

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2022 MSU AgeAlive Research Forum

This free event on April 21 is an opportunity to learn about various projects and research happening across MSU's campus and Michigan that address aging topics. The event will include a dynamic keynote speaker, Paula Cunningham, AARP Director for the State of Michigan, and former President of Lansing Community College, and an "Aging Research Gems" panel presentation. Resource tables with local agencies, including TCOA, will be on site. In-person and virtual registration is available.

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Mark Your Calendars: Older Michiganians Day livestream event on May 11 at 11 AM. Senior Action Week May 9-13

Senior Action Week: May 9-13

Save the date for May 11 at 11:00 AM for a special livestream during Senior Action Week. There will be a small in person presence from our Michigan Senior Advocates Council members on Wednesday, May 11. There will be many opportunities for additional advocacy throughout that week and beyond.

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Upcoming Health and Wellness Workshops

TCOA is offering several phone based and online workshops this spring, including:

  • Chronic Pain PATH tool kit + weekly calls: Tuesdays, April 26 – May 31 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers on Zoom: Wednesdays, May 11 – June 15 from 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • Diabetes PATH tool kit + weekly calls: Wednesdays, May 18 – June 22 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Matter of Balance on Zoom: Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 19 – June 16 from 10:00 am – 12 noon

For more information or to register, call 517-887-1465. For a complete list of upcoming workshops, visit

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April Volunteer Spotlight: Paulette Dunbar

Please join us in congratulating Paulette, this month's Volunteer Spotlight! Paulette volunteers with the Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) helping individuals to understand Medicare & Medicaid, enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage, review supplemental insurance needs, apply for Medicaid or Medicare Savings programs, and provide information to help identify and report fraud, abuse or scams.

In Paulette's words: "I am a retiree from a fulfilling life-long career working for local and state public health agencies supporting public health programs for the maternal child health population. When it became time for me to plan for health care insurance coverage for myself once I retired, I was amazed at how complicated it was. While looking for information to understand Medicare and how to coordinate with my employer’s health care coverage, I became aware of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program and the volunteers that participate in providing support.

So, it became a part of my retirement plan to become a volunteer to help others make an appropriate choice upon their retirement. These months of training have been interesting to see the assistance that is provided to people within an array of situations. It is heartwarming to see the gratitude people have for the support and assistance that is provided. I hope to become competent enough to be able to offer such assistance."

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Tri-County Office on Aging

5303 S Cedar St Bldg 1

Lansing, MI 48911

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