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KCASI

Working to improve the quality of life for older adults in Kalamazoo County

KCASI is a 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to advocate as a non-partisan group for the improvement of conditions affecting the lives of older adults and future generations.

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KCASI is a membership-based organization. Whether you are an individual, business or non-profit organization, you can support the work and advocacy for older adults in our community.

2019 KCASI MEETINGS

(**NEW LOCATION**) All meetings take place at Portage Senior Center (unless otherwise noted), 320 Library Lane, Portage, MI 49002.
1:15PM - Refreshments/Networking
1:30-2:45PM - Meeting

 

February 19, 2018

Join us for a review of issues currently impacting older adults. Local legislators will be on-hand to participate in a discussion on best solutions and resolutions.  *Please note that monthly KCASI meeting are now taking place at the Portage Senior Center, located at 320 Library Lane in Portage.

March 19, 2018

Will  YOUR wishes be respected in a medical emergency? What is MI POST?
Learn the steps you need to take to have your wishes respected when it really counts.

Presented by: Kelly Quardokus, Q Elderlaw PLC & Hilary Kerr, Advanced Care Planning Specialist, Bronson Hospital

*Please note that meeting is at the Portage Senior Center, located at 320 Library Lane in Portage.

April 16, 2018

Identify and Speak Out: Understanding the Kalamazoo I.D. and Older Michiganians' Day Advocacy Platform

The Kalamazoo  County Local Identity Card Program will launch this month, establishing photo identification cards for residents of Kalamazoo County. This presentation will cover the basic objectives of the program, as well as the barriers that will be eliminated for participants.

Join us as we learn how a local ID can solve some of the problems for those who do not have one, as well as the benefits for those who currently have proper identification (e.g. a drivers license) insofar as it establishes someone as a member of the Kalamazoo community.

You can find a printable version of the meeting flyer here.

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October 15, 2018

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November 19, 2018

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February 18, 2019

What is Advocacy: Stakeholders educating elected officials about issues that affect their lives and the lives of others. Learn from experts the how's and why's of being a successful advocate.

March 18, 2019

How do local Centers view their role in the aging network? What plans are in place for the future? Join us as local directors participate in a panel discussion on current and future plans for services for older adults. 

We will have guests from the following: 

Comstock Community Center

Ecumenical Senior Center

Portage Senior Center

Senior Services of SW MI

South County Community Services

 

We will also have a visit from

Representative Brandt Iden—

District 61

Representative Beth Griffin—

District 66

April 15, 2019

What’s Happening at Area Agency on Aging & the Senior Millage

What are the latest updates from the Area Agency on Aging IIIA? How is the Senior Millage being implemented? Join us as we meet Samantha Carlson, LMSW, Older Adult Services Direction, Area Agency on Aging IIIA and hear her updates.

We will also have a visit from Representative Jon Hoadley—District 60

May 15, 2019

OLDER MICHIGANIAN'S DAY in Lansing

Older Michiganians Day (OMD) is an annual FREE event that brings together hundreds of older adults, service providers and senior advocates. OMD is an opportunity for older Michiganians to share a unified voice with elected officials; expressing the concerns, challenges and potential initiatives for older adults. You can learn more about the event here.

In addition, KCASI and the Area Agency on Aging IIIB are partnering to offer a chartered motor coach from Kalamazoo to Lansing for the event. KCASI members can attend for free, and there is a $10 charge for non-members. Registration online by clicking here -  https://kcasiomd2019.eventbrite.com

May 20, 2019

Elder Abuse as a preventable public health issue

The National Center on Elder Abuse defines it as “any knowing intentional or neglect act by a caregiver or any other

person that causes serious harm to a vulnerable adult”. Elder abuse can include emotional, physical, financial or sexual assault. Learn the signs of elder abuse and who are the mandated reporters. You can find an electronic copy of the flyer by clicking HERE.

June 17, 2019

Kalamazoo County Government Update

Julie Rogers, 5th District Commissioner & Chair, Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners will give a county update on a variety of topics facing the County Commission including county building projects, criminal justice reform efforts, and elder abuse prevention initiatives. She will take questions at the conclusion of her discussion.

 

Our Guest Legislator will be Representative Matt Hall, District 63.

You can access a flyer by clicking HERE.

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SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Learn More About Our Upcoming Special Programs

OLDER MICHIGANIANS DAY

May 15, 2019

Older Michiganians Day (OMD) is an annual FREE event that brings together hundreds of older adults, service providers and senior advocates. OMD is an opportunity for older Michiganians to share a unified voice with elected officials; expressing the concerns, challenges and potential initiatives for older adults. You can learn more about the event here.

In addition, KCASI and the Area Agency on Aging IIIB are partnering to offer a chartered motor coach from Kalamazoo to Lansing for the event. KCASI members can attend for free, and there is a $10 charge for non-members. Online registration is available by clicking here...  https://kcasiomd2019.eventbrite.com

This event does include a boxed lunch at the event.

CANDIDATE FORUMS

KCASI hosts regular forums for local candidates

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TYPES OF MEMBERSHIPS

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

Individual Memberships cost $10 per year and are for persons who wish to become more informed on senior issues and to advocate for the needs of older adults as individuals rather than as organizations themselves.

COUPLES MEMBERSHIP

Couples Membership costs $15 per year and is otherwise like an individual membership.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

A Non-profit Organization Membership costs $30 per year. An organization can select two persons to take an active part in the organization.

BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP

Business Memberships cost $40 per year and is otherwise like the non-profit membership.

Sponsor Memberships cost $200 per year and are similar to the Non-profit or Business Membership. This also offers additional marketing opportunities and benefits. E-mail phillips.kim@gmail.com for more information.

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SPONSORS FOR 2019!

 

THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS!

Affordable Hearing Store

Fresh Perspective Homecare

Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home

Langeland Family Funeral Homes

Life EMS Ambulance

New Friends Memory Care & Assisted Living

Right At Home

Q Elder Law

We are grateful for our generous donors. Please note that their sponsorship does not imply our endorsement.

GET INVOLVED!

KCASI Volunteer Opportunities

We would love to have you join one of the KCASI Committees.

LEGISLATIVE

Current Chair: Judy Sivak

 

The Legislative Committee considers advocacy requests; recommends appropriate action to the general membership; and follows up on issues needing immediate action.

This committee meets on the first Thursday of each month from 1:30 - 3:00 PM. Meetings are located at the First Congregational Church, 345 W. Michigan Avenue in Kalamazoo.

** Please note that the January 2018 meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 11.

Click here for the May meeting agenda.

MEMBERSHIP

The Membership Committee works to increase membership in the organization and participation in meetings by staffing informational tables at community events; welcoming members and guests at monthly meeting; bringing refreshments and soliciting sponsorships.

NOMINATING

The Nominating Committee prepares the slate of candidates for election at the November KCASI meeting.

FINANCIAL

The Financial Committee reviews the organization's financial records yearly to ensure sound financial management.

"What does it mean to be an advocate?
In its broadest sense, advocacy means “any public action to support and recommend a cause, policy or practice.” That covers a lot of public actions, from displaying
 a bumper sticker to sounding off with a bullhorn. But whether the action is slapping something on the back of a car or speaking in front of millions, every act of advocacy involves making some kind of public statement, one that says, “I support this.” Advocacy is a communicative act. Advocacy is also a persuasive act. “I support this” is usually followed by another statement (sometimes only implied): “...and you should, too.” Advocacy not only means endorsing a cause or idea, but recommending, promoting, defending, or arguing for it.”

― John Capecci and Timothy Cage, Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference

 

Status of Active KCASI Issues followed in 2018

February 17, 2019

1. Aging in Community 

Advocate for increased funding through the Federal Older Americans Act, State Older Michiganders Act, and Home & Community...

How to Contact Your Legislators - 2019 Updated List

February 14, 2019

Here is an updated list of current legislators and their contact information. Click here to access a PDF version of the list.

An Advocacy Update via Justice in Aging

February 14, 2019

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