Advocating for seniors is one of the key roles of our agency. We work to represent the interests of older adults by educating public officials, consumer advocates and the community about older adult needs. We monitor proposed legislation and polices at the federal, state and local levels, with an emphasis on health, housing, transportation, income supports, consumer protection and long-term care.

Visit the legislative directory to write to national, state and local elected officials.

Annual 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 in May, we participates in the Older Michiganians 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.
Older Michiganians Day gives seniors and advocates a chance to:
  • Participate in a rally on the East Lawn
  • Hear from important keynote speakers
  • Meet with state legislators
Important platforms for legislative action:
  • Eliminating wait lists
  • Preventing elder abuse
  • Improving accessibility for seniors within their homes and communities
  • Supporting caregivers

Save the Date: Older Michiganians Day 2018 will be held on May 16, 2018

For more information, contact Linda Burghardt, Michigan Association of Area Agencies on Aging at (517) 886-1029 or by email at