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Aging & Adult Services Agency, Commission on Aging Honor Senior Citizen of the Year at the Capitol

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan 2016 Senior Citizen of the Year, Adele Hansen of Newaygo, was honored today at the Michigan State Capitol during Older Michiganians Day for her outstanding community service work.

Each year the Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA), under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging accept nominations from across the state and select an older adult to honor for their outstanding volunteerism and their contributions to their local community.    

Adele Hansen, nominated by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, was selected for her exceptional volunteer efforts, which have focused on the mental health community and older adults.

Hansen, age 87, has been a member of the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, Advisory Council and Legislative Committee and the Newaygo County Community Mental Health Authority Board of Directors for more than 20 years. She has also served on the Newaygo County Commission on Aging Advisory Board for more than 15 years. An integral part of her community, she also was the Spencer Township Supervisor for 16 years.  

Through Hansen’s formal and informal efforts over her lifetime she has helped thousands in her community while caring for her own family in times of need. Raised by her grandmother, Hansen served as her caregiver the last 13 years of her life, all while raising nine children. She currently serves as a caregiver to her husband of 50 years and still dedicates up to 15 hours of volunteering in the community each week.

"It’s very clear this year’s Senior Citizen of the Year, Adele Hansen, has a big heart and does everything in her power to help those in need and care for those all around her,” said AASA Acting Director Richard Kline. “Today is about honoring Adele and celebrating her invaluable contributions to her family, friends and community.”

Each spring nominations for the Senior Citizen of the Year are accepted from businesses, community service and faith-based organizations, associations, fraternal organizations, and other public and private entities who value the contributions of older adults. Individuals aged 60 years or older are eligible for nomination for uncompensated work performed in the community. Each winner receives a congratulatory letter from Gov. Rick Snyder and a $1,000 check from Consumers Energy, which is an award partner.