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Action Week and Rally Gives Michigan Seniors a Voice

Decisions made in Lansing have a direct and far-reaching impact on the quality of life for seniors in Michigan. Each year, AgeWays  Nonprofit Senior Services participates in Senior Action Week and the Older Michiganian’s Day Rally held on the lawn of the Capitol Building. This very important annual advocacy event helps give seniors a voice and help legislators understand both the needs and the voting power of seniors.

Senior Action Week 2023—May 15-19

Older Michiganians Day Livestream Event
Wednesday, May 17
11 am – 12:30 pm
Join the livestream

Senior Action Week is a week full of activities, events and advocacy that let advocates understand and lend their support to issues of importance for older adults in Michigan.

What can you do? How can you participate?

Learn more about the platform and the issues critical to seniors in our state. Area Agencies on Aging and other advocates across Michigan have put together a 5-point platform focused on the needs of older adults and those who care for them. You can download and read the entire Senior Action Week Platform. We want legislators to take action to:

      • Support informal and family caregivers (People who are caring for family members or friends)
      • Support and strengthen the direct care workforce(Those critical workers who help care for vulnerable seniors every day)
      • Support and strengthen the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program (Ombusdmen advocate for residents of licensed long-term care facilities, including nursing homes. The program is understaffed, and we need more ombudsman to help keep nursing home residents safe. Dowmload and read the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Platform)
      • Increase access to home and community-based services(Services like Meals on Wheels, in-home personal care and homemaking.)
      • Expand access to MI Choice (This important program helps gives older adults with adults with disabilities the option of receiving care at home instead of the nursing home.)

Sign our electronic letter of support so we can send it to your legislators. We’ve made it easy. Just use this form to submit an electronic letter of support to your legislator. Add your voice to other senior advocates asking for change!

Share information about Senior Action Week on your social media. We’ll post information every day on our social media pages (facebook, Linkedin and Istragram). Share it to spread the word about Senior Action Week and the needs of seniors.

Attend the Older Michiganian’s Day Livestream. Older Michiganian’s Day is the highlight of Senior Action Week, It will be streaming live from the lawn of the Michigan Capitol Building. Wednesday, May 17, @ 11am. Join the livestream.


Get involved beyond Senior Action Week

There are many other opportunities for older adults and senior advocates to make an impact:

  • Join our Senior Advocacy Network  
    Our network is made up of individuals and organizations that are committed to following public policy issues that affect older adults and speaking out on the behalf of seniors. SAN offers different ways to get involved depending on your interests and your availability. To learn more, email our Advocacy Specialist.
  • Contact your local officials about issues of importance to older adults
    You can find updated contact information for legislators in our six-county region of southeast Michigan
  • Join the mailing list for our Advocate Newsletter 
    We will keep you updated on important legislation and issues impacting older adults

For more information on Older Michiganians Day, visit the Older Michiganians Day website.