Current Programs

Grandparent and Grandchild Summer Wellness Day Camps

Help your grandchild grow into a confident, strong and caring individual. Build your relationship with your grandchild through an interactive setting with the focus on the 7 Dimensions of Wellness: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, Environmental and Vocational. Each camp is a four week session for those with grandchildren between 5 and 15 years old. Camps meet every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Adventure Camp (Ages 8-15):

  • Life's a Beach! July 6, 2016
  • Let’s go fishing! July 13, 2016
  • Let’s go bowling!  July 20, 2016
  • Let’s go blueberry picking! July 27, 2016

Animal Adventure Day Camp – New this year! (Ages 5-12):

  • Not Your Average Zoo! August 3, 2016
  • Down on the Farm! August 10, 2016
  • Let’s ride a horse! August 17, 2016
  • I love butterflies! August 24, 2016

Sign up today!

Registration is available online at www.grcc.edu/olcregistration or (616) 234-3483.

Grandparents of any age from Kent, Allegan, Lake, Mason, Osceola, Mecosta, Newaygo, Montcalm, or Ionia Counties are encouraged to attend both day camps with their grandchildren, ages 5-15.

Cost

The cost is listed in the description of each activity. A suggested donation of $20 is asked per pair (one grandparent and one grandchild) for each four-week session. An additional $5 is asked for each additional grandchild and/or second grandparent.

Rain

Arrangements have been made for shelter if needed, so each activity will be held rain or shine.

These programs are provided with funding from the Older American’s Act Title IIIE administered by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.

Mindfulness Series Fall 2016

September 23, 2016—What is Mindfulness?  Mindfulness 101

11:15-12:00pm

Learn the basics of being Mindful.  A concept that was created more than 2500 years ago, but made popular again today.  It was originally created to end suffering.  We will be exploring ways to lower stress and enhance wellbeing in this 1 hour training.

December 9, 2016 – Mindful Eating

11:15-12:00pm

Mindful eating is eating with intention and attention:

Eating with the intention of caring for yourself

Eating with the attention necessary for noticing and enjoying your food and its effects on your body

Join us for this hour session where you will learn the art of being intentional about eating your food as we practice with delicious snacks.

March 24, 2017 – Mindful Wellness/Exercise

11:15-12:00

Gather as we learn how to be mindful as we move our bodies.  Listen to your body and make it the best that it can be.  Learn techniques for more efficient movement through mindfulness as well how to make the most of each movement.

May 19, 2017 – Mindful Neuroscience

11:15-12:00pm

During this session you will learn how the practice of mindfulness can stave off the onset of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Research is proving how powerful our mindset is to the onset of these diseases. Years of misinformation have taken a toll on the brains of both the young and the old. As we learn more about the brain – we realize that the neuroplasticity is alive and well and we can continue to create new connections and gain useful brain tissue at any age. 

Health Education Programs

A number of Health Education programs are being offered to Kent County residents 60 and older can participate in three health education programs. The Health Club and Fitness Program provides opportunities for fitness/wellness through aerobic exercise, strength training, and increased personal fitness. A faster paced Strength and Stretch Class is designed for individuals looking to strengthen and stretch their muscles.

These programs are being made available in part by Kent County Senior Millage and Older Americans Act Title IIID funding from the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. A small co-payment is required for participation in Kent County Senior Millage funded programs, and a suggested donation is asked from participants of the Older Americans Act funded programming. See the attached brochure located under Downloads for additional details.

Registration is limited, call (616) 234-3400 or online at www.grcc.edu/olcregistration.

Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program

Get the workout you need without putting stress on your joints! You will get a great cardiovascular and strength workout in the water. Participants are encouraged to work and progress at their own pace while enjoying GRCC's Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse Pool! These classes meet weekly from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Registration is limited to 30 participants. A suggested donation of $1 per session per participant is strongly encouraged. However, no one will be denied participation based on inability to pay. This program is available to Kent County residents 60 and older thanks to Title IIID Older American's Act funding administered by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. Two sessions are being offered over the next year:

Session One is 12 weeks from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday mornings from October 6, 2014 through December 22, 2014. Suggested donation is $12.

Session Two is 25 weeks from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday mornings from January 15, 2015 through July 2, 2015. Suggested donation is $25.

For more information or to register call (616) 234-3400 or online at www.grcc.edu/olcregistration.

Computer Club

This is an opportunity for individual and peer learning, formal computer instruction, socialization, and most of all FUN.

Membership in this club entitles participants to many additional perks and benefits including handouts and instructional materials, and a free annual luncheon banquet. The club meets on Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. in a second floor computer lab of the Applied Technology Center. Free parking is available to club members under the GRCC Applied Technology Center. Handicapped parking is also available under the building, with easy access from the parking area to the elevators and on to the lab where club sessions are held. Annual membership in the Computer Club is only $50. If you are interested in more information or wish to become a member please contact Don VanOeveren at (616) 234-3684.

Senior Leadership Grand Rapids

Senior Leadership Grand Rapids, now a program of the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, is proud to announce the following 2015 programming:

Community Resource & Senior Volunteer Fair

Friday, September 11, 2015 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Grand Rapids Public Library
Main Library
Ryerson Auditorium Level 3

Free refreshments and parking provided

This event, utilizing an open house type format, will bring together, in one location, as many as 30 different community organizations, featuring information on available community resources and volunteer opportunities. This is a great opportunity to learn about community resources and meaningful senior volunteer opportunities.

The mission of Senior Leadership Grand Rapids is to develop and empower mature adults to assume leadership roles that contribute to the well-being of the community.

Registration Requested

Register by email: registration@aaawm.org (put Senior Leadership in the subject line and include your name, address and phone number), or register by telephone at 616-222-7042.