Older Michiganians Day 2023


In 2023, in-person meetings will be April 17, September 18 and November 20 at the Portage Zhang Senior Center.

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Older Michiganians Day
Older Michiganians Day (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.


Click the links below to access materials from past meetings or events

April 2023 Update on the impact of the Kalamazoo County Senior Millage Click here to view PowerPoint.

October 2022 In person meeting featuring Kalamazoo County Housing Director Mary Balkema reviewing the structure and progress of the Housing for All millage. Click here to view PowerPoint.

September 2022 In person meeting on Election Security and Information with Kalamazoo County Clerk Meredith Place and Denise Hartsough, League of Women Voters Kalamazoo Area reviewing the ballot questions.

August 2022 In person meeting on Veteran’s benefits and services with Pete Green, Kalamazoo County Veterans Service Office, Peter Dickow, Sen. Gary Peters office, Tammy Taylor, Rep. Julie Roger’s 60th District Service Office, Jim Stephanak, coordinator of the Veterans Group at the Portage Community Senior Center.

June 2022 In person meeting where state legislators were invited for updates on advocacy issues.  Attending were Senator Sean McCann, Representative Julie Rogers and Representative Christine Morse who provided insights on the state budget and the issues KCASI advocated for.

April 2022 In person meeting featuring Don Saldia, Division Chief, Kalamazoo County Older Adult Services. Here is the Powerpoint.  

March 2022 Virtual meeting featuring Kelly Jonker, Long-Term Care Ombudsman.  Here is the link to the recordingPasscode: &Q0!d0ze

February 2022 Virtual meeting to review and approve the 2022 advocacy platform.  All state legislators were invited to participate with Sen. Sean McCann and Representatives Julie Rogers and Christine Morse attending.

November 2021 Virtual Meeting – featuring Katharyn Barron, MI Attorney General’s office, link to recording here. Passcode: 6!0iN9k! 

October 2021 Virtual Meeting – featuring Sean McBride, METRO director and Karen Kafantaris, MI AARP Associate State Director for Livable Communities. Link to Recorded Meeting Passcode: #Q0Hmk5$

September 2021 Virtual Meeting – Update from Rep. Julie Rogers, 60th District, and presentation by Tammy Lemmer on the Status of Issues from Senior Action Week.

August 2021 Virtual Meeting – Dr. Clare Luz, Impart Alliance Director, presented on the topic of the direct care workforce staffing crisis.  See PowerPoint here and “Recruitment/Retention Tips” here.

June 2021 Virtual Meeting – Dr. Maureen Mickus presented on the topic of Loneliness and Social Isolation. Link to Recorded Meeting Passcode @&9Sv+Vy

May 2021 Virtual Meeting – All legislators were invited to respond to the Senior Action Week platform.  Attending the meeting were Sen. Sean McCann, Rep. Julie Rogers, Rep. Christine Morse.

April 2021 Virtual Meeting with Stephanie Grace from the MI Attorney General’s office on the topic of scams.
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March 2021  Virtual Meeting:  Presentation on the topic of “Ranked Choice Voting” and Dylan Wernholm, Legislative Director for Representative Beth Griffin, District 66. For more information go to

February 2021 Virtual Meeting: Discussion and adoption of 2021 Advocacy Platform. Legislators in attendance included Sen. Sean McCann, Rep. Christine Morse, Rep. Julie Rogers, Dylan Wernholm for Rep. Beth Griffin.