Michigan is home to more than 1.8 million senior citizens — all of whom have a wealth of life experience and knowledge to impart to younger generations. Every spring, we acknowledge this wisdom and life experience during Older Americans Month. Here in Michigan, senior organizations from around the state choose a day to gather on the Capitol lawn during Older Americans Month to celebrate Older Michiganians Day.
The annual event draws hundreds of seniors, service providers and advocates to raise awareness for issues facing senior citizens. It also gives participants an opportunity to speak with elected officials about concerns specific to their respective communities.
Older Americans Month celebrations are not limited to the state Capitol however. Some lawmakers have celebrations back in their districts as well.
Every spring during Older Americans Month, Sens. Margaret O’Brien and Tonya Schuitmaker co-host the annual Mattawan Lions Club Senior and Veteran Expo along with Rep. Aric Nesbitt. The legislators partner with the Lions Club to connect seniors and veterans with organizations and businesses that can provide products and services that are important to them.
This year’s celebration brought nearly 1,000 seniors and veterans from Southwest Michigan to the Antwerp Township Activity Center where more than 100 local businesses and organizations shared services they offer that might interest or be beneficial to senior and veteran populations. Bronson Lakeview Hospital had employees on hand to provide free health and wellness screenings and attendees received a free lunch and goodie bag.
This event has continued to grow since it started ten years ago and is now one of the biggest events of its kind in Southwest Michigan. For more information, please visit: www.SeniorAndVeteranExpo.com.