LANSING—Sen. John Proos welcomed Southwest Michigan seniors to the state Capitol on Tuesday to celebrate Older Michiganians Day.
The annual event takes place on the Capitol Lawn in early June and brings together hundreds of seniors, aging service providers and senior advocates to voice the concerns, challenges and opportunities facing older adults in Michigan.
“It was wonderful to meet seniors from Michigan’s Great Southwest, listen to their concerns and talk with them about what we can do to support and protect our seniors,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I am proud that Michigan is a senior-friendly state – where people want to come to live, work and age. As our senior population grows, we must ensure that we continue to meet their needs with services that enable our seniors to live healthy, independent and productive lives.”
Gov. Rick Snyder addressed the seniors at the event, which was held a day after he delivered his Special Message to the Legislature on Aging.
In the message, the governor focused on four critically important areas that will improve the quality of life for Michigan’s older adults: Living a healthy lifestyle, remaining active and engaged, ensuring financial security during retirement, and retaining independence and choice.
He also announced that a website is currently under construction and will launch early next year that will be a one-stop-shop for information of use to Michigan seniors. It will provide older adults easier access to the many programs and services that are available to them.
Snyder noted that the state’s older adult population is growing rapidly. By 2030, nearly one in four Michigan residents will be age 60 or older. Residents are also living longer. The fastest-growing segment of Michigan’s population is age 85 or older.
“We are already doing much to support our aging population, but we must continue to address growing issues facing older Americans, such as job training and financial security,” Proos said. “I applaud the governor for laying out a positive plan to improve services and outreach throughout state government. We owe it to all our seniors, like my mom, to be prepared.”
Editor’s Note – A photo of Sen. Proos and area seniors is available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.
Audio comments by Proos will be available later on the senator’s website. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.